Top Fashion Markets in the UK

Top Fashion Markets in the UK:

The UK is renowned within the fashion industry for being a daring and trend setting culture. Take the latest Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection, inspired by model Twiggy and 1960’s London.

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But with designers such as Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen competing with some of the world’s greatest fashion designers, it’s the up and coming designers who are the ones to watch.  Most of which can be found hiding in some of the most unique fashion markets in the UK.

Manchester Fashion Markets

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Manchester is a great place to suit all of your shopping needs, from designer stores to high street retailers. However, located on Tib Street, close to Manchester’s popular Northern Quarter area, are serious of independent fashion markets that provide customers with individual and unique pieces of affordable clothing and accessories.

The Manchester council opened these markets to support local designers from the North West by providing them with a city centre location to showcase their fashion talents. Open only on Saturdays, the Manchester Fashion Markets enable you to find a range of one off clothes, lingerie, bags, purses, hats and jewellery pieces.

Birmingham Rag Market
Birmingham Rag Market

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It may not be as glamorous as some of its other fashion market friends, but the Birmingham Rag Market is worth a visit if you love an old-school market vibe.

Amongst the hustle and bustle there are plenty of bargains to be had at a very cheap price.

The Rag Market is best known for its luscious fabrics, haberdashery bits and pieces and vintage leather jackets. There is also a large range of men’s army surplus clothing and women’s vintage style hats, accessories and jewellery.

The market opens to the local Brummies and fashion lovers from all over the UK on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is located behind the popular Birmingham Bullring shopping centre and next to two large indoor and outdoor markets.

London Camden Markets

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For anyone who has ever been or is planning on venturing to Camden Lock, be prepared to enter, what feels like, the adult world of Alice in Wonderland. First set up in 1972 as a go-to place for artisan crafts, Camden Markets have become the birth place for a large number of fashion designers.

The markets are open 364 days of the year and stretch throughout Camden lock and the canal side. Here you will find everything from vintage clothes to modern accessories to costume jewellery to chic home pieces.  As well as provide some of the latest and retro fashions, you will also find some of the best multicultural street food and cases.

Camden Markets are a place that must be experienced.

Author bio: Gwen Taylor runs the travel blog Eat-Travel-Love.com.