Fashion: 120 Years of M&S in Manchester

This weekend, on Saturday 17th June, there is a touch of fashion nostalgia taking place in Manchester.

Celebrating one of the most iconic and long-standing quality retailers, M&S, there will be a special pop-up M&S Company Archive situated at intu Trafford Center in Manchester. M&S are hosting their pop up in Manchester because the company have reached a fantastic milestone: celebrating 120 years of M&S in Manchester!

The pop-up will share vintage M&S fashions, fascinating facts and fabulous photos with all Trafford Centre shoppers who come along. If you have lived in Manchester for all your life, like I have (a solid 31 years!) you may be surprised with how much you actually remember!

I still recall the days visiting the old M&S store in Manchester when I was a child, before the store was effected by the bombings in the city many many years ago. I didn’t think I could actually remember how the store looked back then, but from browsing old photographs, it turns out I do…

Even those who don’t have a solid background in and around Manchester will benefit coming on down and saying hello at the event, as they’ll get to discover lots of fascinating M&S history, plus the chance to win prizes with the special prize draw on the day!

In a nutshell, its a nostalgic fashion event not just for those who love Manchester and want to reminisce about the retailers history in the city, its also for those with a strong love for fashion.

Fashion lovers who visit the pop-up, which will take place from 9 am until 8 pm, will be able to step back in time and try on rare replica garments, including items from the glamourous 1930s and chic 1970s, while M&S archivists will be on hand to talk through the collections and popular styles of past decades.

Items from the collection will also be on display, including star trends such as 1930s pyjamas, 1940s wartime fashion, 1960s school uniforms and 1970s disco style. So basically, its a trip down fashion memory lane!


As both a Manchester resident and a fashion blogger, I’m super excited to check out the key trends from decades gone-by and study some of the beautiful, iconic looks that were graced so many years below.

I do love that one of my favourite retailers, M&S, has such strong links with Manchester, having opened its first market stall here in 1890. One of its founders, Michael Marks, also lived in the city with his family above the company’s first ever Penny Bazaar shop at 20 Cheetham Hill Road in 1894. Cheetham Hill is very much to this day a place for retailers and the rag trade to start up and grow their clothing businesses.

Overall, the event is very much a celebration of M&S in Manchester over the decades, marked by bringing to life a special clothing archive to the public. Do let me know if you plan to attend! You can find out more here.

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