Manchester’s biggest menswear offer has a mature focus but is a touch dull.
Despite its impressive roll call of branded casualwear, Slaters is still anchored to suits and in this category it’s all about dark grey and black plains, with variety coming from tonal and chalk pinstripes. There is just a small selection of Slaters’ OneSix5ive own-brand suits but these are among the most directional, with slim-fit 1sb styles in plain cloths.
Shopping Slaters is certainly a relaxed experience – its vast shopfloor means you get plenty of room to breathe but there is also plenty of help from staff on hand. Suits are arranged by size and there are two zones – the mainline area with about 50 styles and Ralph’s Room, which has more premium prices. But given that this is the biggest menswear department in Manchester, the environment feels uninspiring.
The branded side is value led – a Charlton Gray 3sb jacket is £69 and the Ben Sherman version is just £110 – but the OneSix5ive versions really ring the cheap bells, with £69 for a black suit or £99 for a light grey version. OneSix5ive short-sleeved shirts are just £5 for windowpane checks and striped versions, as are tonally striped knits. Graphic T-shirts are just £8. This is value-driven menswear for chaps that want classic tailoring and don’t care about directional trends.