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Rags to bitches

60 Tib Street

With 14 vintage stores in Manchester’s Northern Quarter alone, six of which have opened in the past six months, vintage womenswear indie Rags to Bitches had to change its strategy in order to stay ahead of the competition. “We launched our own label and developed our services business,”

says co-owner Simon Everett. This includes dress-making services and educational courses linked with local schools. “We’ll also be opening a cafe,” adds Everett.
The retailer’s eponymous own label is also helping to boost profits. “The own label is currently only dresses but the idea is to have a full collection,” says Everett.

However, he wishes there was more support for indies. “The banks aren’t lending to indies - they’ve left us out on the hillside,” he says.

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