Lucy & Yak

Leaders of the Comfort Movement, Lucy & Yak is known for its joyful clothing that inspires people to find comfort in their choices and themselves.

Monday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Tuesday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Wednesday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Thursday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Friday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am-6.30pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm

Since the advent of online shopping, British high streets haven’t been in the best position. Which is why it’s been so good to see the Northern Quarter as a whole really thrive this side of the millennium, proof that there’s still plenty of life left in clothing, record, curio, book, magazine, skate and plant stores, when they’re done and run properly. On the edge of all this, overlooking the Arndale Centre’s monolith of chain stores and major brands, we find ethical clothing and gift emporium, Lucy & Yak. 

Perched on High Street, which itself seems to act as a boundary between independent Mancunia and more big business Britain, while this isn’t a true indie — there are a number of sites across the UK — Lucy & Yak place as much priority on values as stock. And it’s all about ‘the three Cs’. To clarify, that’s Creativity, Community, and Comfort. Diving in deeper, they use colour and vivid designs in their wares, are committed to bringing people together through shared principles, and want to make sure everything you buy is super cosy. 

Focusing on sustainable and environmentally-friendly items, whether that’s a jumpsuit or playsuit, outerwear, underwear, PJs or dresses, organic cottons and corduroys have a big presence here. Check online, and you’ll find a full list of all current suppliers, adding to the sense of genuine transparency, traceability and accountability. Clothes aside, accessories, bags, purses, hats and hair bits, socks, scarves, belts and aprons are also available. Beyond that, ‘non-wearable’ homewares range from stunning hand-stitched and woven pillows, to patterned plant pot covers, and pastel hued tea towels. An ideal spot for birthday, Christmas and anniversary inspiration, those here for a gift who struggle to decide can get a pre-paid card made out for up to £200.