Freelance writer living in Manchester. Likes clothes and stuff. www.twitter.com/DavidPMcCourt
Published August 2nd 2012
Bags of Flavor has been in Manchester since 2000, but it's been moving around to keep you on your toes.
Originally in Affleck's Palace – and after stints on Church Street and Oldham Street – this hidden gem has been tucked away on Tib Street since the end of 2009.
Bags are what they do best. They're all made from recycled materials, vintage sports goods, fine tweed, and leather.
Aside from a genuine one-of-a-kind bag though, they do vintage bespoke clobber, and this remains one of the best places in the city to buy classic casuals.
When I say 'they', I really mean 'he'. Bags of Flavour is run by one bloke. He only opens 11am because he takes his dog for a walk in the mornings (which you can usually find snoozing in the back of the shop somewhere) and he's always happy to chat about where he managed to find that original 80s Adidas track jacket that's just caught your eye.
It's well priced too. Sweaters and jackets will set you back around £25-£40, with the raincoats and parka's going for a little more.
The only problem with Bags of Favor is it's so hit and miss. You'll hardly ever see the same item twice, which means if somebody has been in and spotted a beauty before you have, they've likely snapped it up, and it's gone forever.
Go in on the right day though, and, with a bit of luck, you could find they've got the retro item of your dreams sitting there for a snip of the price you'll pay for any remake – and this one's proper.