Much like music, fashion has long been a part of Manchester’s unique identity, with the two intertwining and complementing one another on many an occasion.

With that being said, there’s an ever-growing, eclectic mix of fashion brands that call the city home. Here are a few of our favourites…


Uskees specialise in long-lasting workwear-inspired garments, blending heavy-duty durability with gorgeous, eye-catching aesthetics. While their range spans everything from basic tees to cord trousers, it’s their stunning overshirts that have really put the brand on the map, offering the perfect outer layer to just about any outfit.

Their anti-fast-fashion ethos means everything they do is built to last decades, not seasons. Every material that’s used is carefully considered to minimise their impact on the environment, and they even offer a free repair service if you can’t patch things up yourself with the free repair kit they send with every order.


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Drama Call

Drama Call has become something of a coveted name in the streetwear world, with their drops, when they do come, being snapped up almost instantly. A 2020 collaboration with Aitch, which saw funds raised through T-shirt sales used to pay bail bonds of protesters and rebuild vandalised black-owned businesses, only added to their legend.

Bold t-shirts, caps and shorts regularly feature in capsules, though their famed 1kg tracksuits are no doubt the most sought-after pieces from the label.


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Private White

A celebration of Manchester’s textile manufacturing legacy, Private White still operates out of the same red-bricked building on the banks of the Irwell that it did when starting out way back in 1853. Throughout the years, their handcrafted luxury garments have dressed kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers, rock stars, sporting greats and movie stars.

Committed to locally-sourced manufacturing and transparent production, every last element of the process is carried out in-house, with the utmost care and attention. True British style is at the centre of their lookbooks, and the brand’s astounding longevity is testament that they must be doing something right.


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Native Youth

Launched out of a passion for beautiful fabrications and contemporary style at an accessible price point, sustainability is now at the centre of everything Native Youth does. Originally built with a focus on just menswear, the brand’s success has allowed them to expand their offering to include planet-conscious womenswear, too.


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Seamlessly ensuring athletic wear becomes part of everyday outfits, Adanola’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, with the brand an ever-present on Instagram feeds across the country. The female-focused label specialise in easy-to-style minimalist pieces that work equally as well sat in a beer garden, as they do on an early-morning run.


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Boda Skins

Founded in 2013, Boda Skins is the brainchild of Nathan Alexander, the end result of a quest to create timeless, high-quality clothing that lasts a lifetime. Most recognised for their luxurious leather jackets, they’ve been donned by the likes of Khloe Kardashian, Olivia Palermo, Hailey Bieber, Anthony Joshua and Justin Timberlake throughout the years.

Wed 24 Aug
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 1 Dec 2022