“Manchester’s importance to fashion is unquestionable.”
Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue.
While London has always been in the fashion limelight, the North has slowly been building a fashion industry of its own. You don’t have to work in London to be a part of the fashion world. With the likes of Boohoo, MissGuided, JD Sports, Shop Direct, Footasylum and JD Williams head offices all based in Greater Manchester; don’t underestimate the growing fashion industry that is developing in Manchester.
Studying in Manchester
With the choice of 3 central Universities, Manchester Metropolitan, Manchester University and Salford University all offering a variety of fashion related courses, studying & living in Manchester provides a wealth of choice and opportunity when it comes to fashion. Including commutable universities such as UCLAN based in Preston, Lancashire and University of Liverpool.
As well as Study there are a number of successful retailers & suppliers with head offices in and around Manchester who offer exciting positions for exceptional individuals who want to progress their career within fashion.
Work Opportunities in Manchester
The Northern Quarter (central Manchester) has become a thriving hub for creativity and successful independent ventures, and is the home of Boohoo’s head office. Boohoo is one of the UK’s leading online fashion retailers, offering trend-led clothing at affordable prices. The offices are a stone throw away from Manchester Piccadilly tram & Train station and within walking distance from pretty much anywhere if you’re living in the city centre.
JD Sports Fashion Plc has long been established as the leading UK specialist multiple retailer of fashionable branded and own brand sports and casual wear, principally through the growth of its main retail fascia, JD Sports. Established in 1981 with a single store in Bury, in the North West of England, JD Sports Fashion Plc is the leading retailer and distributor of branded sportswear and fashionwear. Bank, JD, Blacks, Millets, Scotts are to name but a few that are now part of the JD group. Its head offices remain in its birth place of Bury which is a 25min tram ride from Manchester, trams run every 12 mins between Bury and Manchester. You can’t really complain about a 25 minute commute!
MissGuided is a fresh and vibrant online store. It started in 2008 by founder and Managing Director 28 year old Nitin Passi as an idea, by 2009 MissGuided was launched with one member of staff (himself) doing everything from buying, picking & packing, customer services and maintaining the site. Now an established business he has over 450 members of staff and growing. MissGuided’s head office is based in Salford Quays and is a 5 minute tram ride from the city centre, trams come through Piccadilly to Salford every 10mins. Who would have thought it could take 10 minutes to get to work?!
Along with a number of study and work options for anyone living or thinking about moving to the North, Manchester and the surrounding cities are renowned for their social and leisure scenes from music, shopping as well as culture and art.
For fashionistas you will find an array of stores to suit your style, from high street chains, to Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, to the eclectic Afflecks Palace and a multitude of vintage boutiques in the Northern Quarter. Or hop on a bus and spend some time in the famous Trafford Shopping Centre.
Liverpool is also a short train journey away and is home to ‘Liverpool One’ another popular shopping location.
‘The Manchester Fashion Network’ regularly holds events such as careers days at different ‘hot spots’ throughout Manchester, great for networking and meeting new people.
Media City in Salford seen as one of the most innovative developments in Britain, offers a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study. Home to major BBC and ITV departments, the University of Salford and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.
Manchester has an internationally renowned music scene and some of the best bars and clubs in the country. There are venues to suit all tastes, styles and trends – and it’s all happening 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Mingle with celebrities at Deansgate Locks and Spinningfields, see live gigs in the Northern Quarter, chill out by the canal at Castlefield, go cheap and cheerful on Oxford Road and party hard in Manchester’s gay village, the Warehouse Project and the annual Parklife Festival.
The North is an exciting hub of opportunity, inspiration and fashion, therefore a career in fashion does not mean the hustle and bustle and living in London!