Ardwick isn’t the first place on most lips when it comes to shopping — the district just south of the city is more commonly associated with grass roots football and one of Manchester’s most iconic music venues, the Apollo. But one unisex premium-vintage and designer store has made this part of town synonymous with retail therapy of the highest caliber, among those in the know. SYLK is an independent treasure that specialises in curating a collection of men’s and women’s clothing that you are unlikely to find in many other stores, and this is all thanks to the founding owners.
Introducing Dexter and Sophy, the names behind the hand-picked items on offer. Brands regularly stocked include Armani, Christian Dior, Max Mara, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Gucci, although a quick search at the time of writing this sentence revealed myriad more much sought after names from the fashion universe. Conbipel, Jaeger, Nicole Farhi, and Cinzia Rocca, to use just a handful more examples. If this is your world, by now it should be clear there’s an overall aesthetic here, defined by clean lines, minimal looks, and an emphasis on choosing timeless garments which are of a high quality, rather than simply chasing labels for the sake of it. So the way things should be done.
It’s vital to note that SYLK is, first and foremost, an online business, and if you want to buy from them that way you’ll find a great browsing and shopping experience awaits. However, the Ardwick HQ also opens its doors to the public on select studio open days, meaning it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the website and newsletter for word of when the next is. Alternatively, for those who are particularly impatient, contact the team through their site to book in a private visit, where you’ll be able to peruse the pieces in the stunning showroom at your own leisure — a truly unique way to shop.