Taking over the former LOFT homeware space, Bare Necessities is a very welcome addition to Northern Quarter’s burgeoning retail scene.
With a simple mission to source rare vintage finds for its forward thinking customer base, without compromising on quality or style, Bare Necessities has already become a popular spot for the city’s best dressed despite being open only a week.
The store specialises in vintage and reworked pieces, including crop tops made using preloved, second hand t-shirts and unique, sought after Carhartt items sourced exclusively for the store.
Beginning its journey as an online venture, Bare Necessities opened its in-person store inside Salford Shopping City a few years back, marking the city’s first ever vintage shop.
From the constraints of a garden shed that started off with 10-20 pieces, Bare Necessities has branched out to Oxford Road, and now Northern Quarter with 6,000 sq ft of space fitting over 20,000 items within the unit.
The store is most known and loved for putting emphasis on the quality, affordability and quantity of items available to people within varying styles and income brackets.
In store you’ll find everything from premium windbreaker jackets for a mere £4, alongside larger jackets and outerwear still at a fraction of the price of its high-street counterpart. With the rising cost of living and climate crisis becoming a huge cause of concern for most people, stores such as Bare Necessities offer an alternative option, without compromising on the enjoyment of instore shopping.
Sustainability is also at the core of everything the store does. Directing people to shopping more slowly by reusing and reworking pieces to give them a brand-new home means that the fashion carbon footprint is dramatically reduced, having a more positive impact on the planet.
You’ll find the new store at 26-28 High Street, just opposite the Arndale market and its opening hours are – 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 5pm Sunday.