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Bench launches concept store

Young fashion brand Bench has opened a concept store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, aimed at becoming a creative hub for the community as well as a place to shop.

The concept is entitled “Self Made” and is described by Bench as being designed for “people who are making things happen”.

The upstairs space of the store hosts the latest autumn 12 men’s and womenswear collections, including exclusive artist collaboration T-shirts from Manchester art and design studio DR.ME.

Downstairs, the basement provides meeting desks with outlets for electrical devices, screen projectors and a DJ booth to provide a social platform for like-minded creatives to meet and mingle.

The new outlet boasts open spaces and reclaimed resources from the previous shop fit, while custom artwork from local artist Moot, adds to the “inspiring” mantra of the Self Made concept.  

The new Bench Gallery is located in the previously disused basement of the store and features the Self Made exhibition ‘Private view’. The show is due to open on 18 October and displays the talents of the creative individuals showcased in the Bench autumn 12 look book.

The current exhibition is the first of a number of forthcoming shows. Upcoming activity scheduled to take place in the Bench Gallery includes an art exhibition from Don’t Panic, whose online poster design competitions provide access to rising stars from the international art scene.

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