9 Manchester influencers to know

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Sophia Barrese - @Sophiarosemary - Credit: @Sophiarosemary  

From food, fashion and everything in between, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite influencers in Manchester

Sophia Barrese  

@Sophiarosemary  

How would you describe your style?   

Vintage-inspired, I love the ‘60s and ‘70s for fashion and I am constantly taking inspiration from these two decades. My style is very relaxed, and comfort is key, although it definitely depends on my mood. I can go from dressing super feminine in florals and frilly dresses one day, to androgynous in a flannel shirt and Converse the next.  

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester?   

I love taking photos around Stockport Market and Vernon park – both are so photogenic and never get old. In the centre of Manchester, I love Anita Street in Ancoats, it feels like you've gone back in time.  

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Favourite part of your job?   

I feel really lucky to have met so many like-minded inspiring women through my job, whether that's fellow bloggers or independent business owners.  

Favourite influencers?   

I feel proud to call so many amazing influencers I look up to my friends! There's way too many to mention.  

Favourite place to shop?   

Vintage Emporium in Stockport, hands down.  

Favourite place to eat? Rudy's in Ancoats or Ezra & Gill for brunch.

Sophia Barrese   @Sophiarosemary  

Sophia Barrese - @Sophiarosemary - Credit: @Sophiarosemary  

Sara Wilson  

@saraluxe   

How did you get into sharing your fashion on social media?    

The months following my graduation, the recession hit, and it made it quite hard to find a job doing what I wanted to in Fashion.   

I was lucky enough to get a job doing something in the industry but not in the field I wanted so I then started to blog alongside as a way of keeping myself a part of the creative fashion mindset. It was over 10 years ago now, and the big bloggers then were Park & Cube, Rumi Neely and Susie Bubble. Chictopia was a thing as was Lookbook.nu. I didn't know anyone in real life who did it but it seemed a good way to make connections with people all over the world, network and work on my styling skills. Gifting, paid posts, and trips were not even an option - people did it just to share and be part of a community. It was just people sharing what they wore, runway shows and new brands.  

How would you describe your style?  

Tailored, relaxed, bold. It is hard because I do just wear what I feel like that day. I have four core looks - jeans, leather jacket and converse. A laid-back suit or tailored look. Full sequin drama dress. Glam rock metallics and flares. I pick between those.   

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester?    

I tend to just pick a plain wall and run with that. My mindset of why I take the photos still hasn't changed from years ago - I want the outfit to be the focus, so as much as I admire all of the beautiful editorial looking imagery I see on my social feeds, I love a quiet wall where no one can see me. If I was going to do something more creative, I love the red telephone boxes by the Library or King Street’s beautiful architecture.   

Favourite part of your job?    

The people I get to work with, all day, every day.  

Favourite influencers you look up to?    

Where do I start? My favourites lately are @vicdeangelis, @sophfloyd and 

@lefevrediary/  

Favourite place to shop?   

It has to be Zara, Afflecks Palace, Uniqlo, Thrift Shop, &Other Stories. Oklahoma also makes me happy.   

Stockport also has some great places – Pear Mill Vintage Emporium and 20th Century Vintage.   

Favourite place to eat?   

An Ezra & Gill brunch. Feta, chilli and poached eggs on sourdough with a side of Halloumi and a latte. Perfect every single time.  

Sara Wilson - @saraluxe   

Sara Wilson - @saraluxe - Credit: Sara Wilson - @saraluxe   

Sara Wilson   @saraluxe   

Sara Wilson - @saraluxe - Credit: @saraluxe   

Hayleigh McCullough  

@hayleighjm  

How did you get into your area of influencing?   

It was something I fell into when I was in sixth form, then realised I could utilise it as something to earn from. I was going down to London on my half days for meetings instead of sports, which looking back, makes me chuckle. I chose not to go to university and to head straight into seeing if I could do it full time. I played around a lot with the style and type of content I wanted to create and found what worked best and what was most authentic for me. It took a few years, and some trial and error, but I am very proud of what I have achieved, I love what I do!  

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester?  

I used to love taking photos in central Manchester, and it was all I would do, and I do still enjoy it, but over the past year, I think everyone has had to adapt. I have always loved shooting around the streets in the Northern Quarter in the gorgeous cafes and around the artistic murals. Lately, I've found a real love for taking pictures and creating content in my own home and local surroundings. But you can’t beat a nice little picture with a cocktail when you're out and about. 

Favourite part of your job?  

The community I have been able to form with my followers. I have always felt so blessed to have such a great relationship with my followers. Over the past year, it's become a lovely haven for content, I do my daily morning stories that I know have become part of some people's routines, and I do submissions sometimes on my stories, which always end up in absolute tears of laughter. I have always loved being as personable as possible online, and I also feel very blessed to be my own boss. I also have a wonderful manager Elle. 

Favourite influencers you look up to?  

The Manchester influencer scene has always been so lovely, and there are some really friendly faces. One of my favourite parts of this job is the people, and it’s great being able to meet fellow influencers at events. I have a lot of influencers I adore from all over, some I look to for content inspiration, others for just a huge love of their personalities.   

Favourite place to shop in Manchester?   

I love the mix of independent shops in the Northern Quarter and then being able to head over to the more central Arndale and Corn exchange areas. I love a good bargain, so thrifting in Manchester can sometimes be such good fun as well.  

Favourite place to eat in Manchester?  

My go-to is always to wander to the Corn Exchange, I love Pho and Vapianos in there. The Arndale market is home to some incredible independent food stalls that have incredible dishes. I honestly couldn't choose; I love food too much! Manchester has always been such a great place to be when you're hungry, you're always spoilt for choice.   


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Hayleigh McCullough - @hayleighjm - Credit: @hayleighjm

Hayleigh McCullough - @hayleighjm  

Hayleigh McCullough - @hayleighjm - Credit: @hayleighjm  

Louise Marguerite  

@LouiseMarguerite  

How did you get into blogging?  

I have always been fascinated with personal style, experimenting with an endless variety of patterns, silhouettes and colours! I started with snapping photos of my daily outfits, posting them onto my blog and jotting together a summary of what I’ve paired up. It snowballed from there, and I began taking Instagram a lot more seriously and have continued to post style content I adore creating, minus the beloved Topshop skinny jeans.  

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester?  

I’m partial to a shutter! I have a lot of red brick in my apartment, so anywhere that looks a little more industrial tickles my fancy. It just mixes up the ‘grid’ a little. Northern Quarter is a fail-safe but also Spinningfields.  

Favourite part of your job?    

It has to be working with brands. It still astonishes me that I get to work with some of my all-time favourites. You end up building some epic connections too.  

Favourite influencers you look up to?  

I have way too many to list. But some absolute babes have to be; @elinorcharlotte, @lukeheywoodstyle, @anishakalsi, and @bexjadefountain  

Favourite place to shop in Manchester?  

I adore Oklahoma for all those random, colourful delights to kit out your home. Alternatively, I can always spend my lunch break getting lost in the wonder that is Sostrene Grene  

Favourite place to eat in Manchester?  

Most definitely Federal. The French toast all day every. 

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Louise Marguerite - @LouiseMarguerite - Credit: Louise Marguerite - @LouiseMarguerite  

Louise Marguerite - @LouiseMarguerite  

Louise Marguerite - @LouiseMarguerite - Credit:  @LouiseMarguerite  

Libby Faulkner  

@libsfaulk   

How did you get into influencing?  

I have always done bits here and there as I had a fashion blog at uni. It took off when I started creating fashion and styling videos on Tik Tok and Instagram reels, and it grew from there.   

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester?  

It has to be the Northern Quarter. I love all the murals and bright coloured buildings.   

Favourite part of your job?  

Probably the freedom it gives. I also work freelance in social media as well so it’s all very flexible, meaning I can work from wherever.   

Favourite influencers you look up to?  

I'm a huge fan of Molly Mae; even though her style is nothing like mine, I find her funny and down to Earth. I also love Melissa from @melissaswardrobe – she has the best recommendations.   

Favourite place to shop in Manchester?  

Vintage shops like Blue Rinse and Cow are favourites, and I love the charity shops in Cheadle. For the high street, it has to be Monki and H&M.  

Favourite place to eat in Manchester?  

I love the £1 bao buns at Wolf at the Door or salt and pepper tofu from the Arndale market.   

Libby Faulkner - @libsfaulk   

Libby Faulkner - @libsfaulk - Credit: Libby Faulkner - @libsfaulk   

Libby Faulkner - @libsfaulk   

Libby Faulkner - @libsfaulk - Credit: Libby Faulkner - @libsfaulk   

Aimee Woodcock  

@goodeatsmanc   

Why did you start your food page?  

I started my page as I wanted somewhere I could post just food rather than on my personal Instagram. I’ve always loved food, cooking and photography, so it stemmed from having that passion and also wanting to show off the great hospitality industry we have in Manchester.  

Favourite place to take photos?  

Sitting outside when the sun is shining, the lighting makes everything pop, and it takes less time to edit, which is great, so you’re seeing the food in its more natural form.  

Favourite part of your job?  

Apart from eating all the delicious food, it’s got to be sharing my recommendations with my followers, especially for indie businesses who deserve so much more credit.  

Favourite restaurant in Manchester  

This is such a hard one as there are so many! I have to say Cocktail, Beer, Ramen + Bun. You really can’t go wrong with good baos and ramen.  

Favourite influencers you look up to?  

@pippyeats is a noodle legend - her recipe videos are so mesmerising I could watch them all day!  

@joshuaweissman is also a favourite to watch - the video quality and the way he edits is so engaging. The dishes he comes up with are next level. One to follow if you don’t already.

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Samantha Hsieh

@foodjunkie_uk

Why did you start your food page?  

The reason I started my blogging journey was to discover more local hidden gems. The ones that don’t have huge coverage on social media and provide more information about them.  

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester?    

I like Ramsbottom and Northern Quarter. They both such good independent food spots to discover. 

Favourite part of your job?  

I like recommending places and helping people find something they will enjoy. When they tell me, they’ve visited a place I recommended, it makes me happy.  

Favourite influencers you look up to?  

It's very hard to pick, but if I have to pick one, I really like @butestseafoodie. The content he shares is great, and he also has some amazing seasonal seafood recipes I like to make.  

Favourite places to eat in Manchester?  

You can’t go wrong without a visit to any of these - Jade City, Federal Cafe, Thai Kitchen No6 and Double Zero.  

Samantha Hsieh   @foodjunkie_uk  

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Vicky Ainsworth  

@1930s_semi_charmed_life -   

How did you get into your area of influencing?    

I kind of fell into it when we bought our first home in Manchester. I’d always loved interiors, but now I had somewhere to put my time and energy into making my own.  

Favourite place to take photos in Manchester   

I mainly post photos of my home, but the bars and restaurants across Manchester are great for interiors inspiration. Wolf at the Door, Refuge, Evelyn’s to name a few.  

Favourite part of your job?    

My interiors account is my side hustle, but I love it. Especially the interiors community, they’re always there to give advice. By day I work in NHS Communications.  

Favourite influencers you look up to?    

@nina_moves_in has a great minimal interiors style, and she’s local. 

Favourite shop in Manchester?  

There are some great interiors stores around the city. Object in Chorlton and Form Lifestyle in central Manchester are brilliant.  

Favourite place to eat in Manchester?  

It has to be The Oystercatcher in Chorlton for the best seafood!  

Vicky Ainsworth   @1930s_semi_charmed_life -   

Vicky Ainsworth - @1930s_semi_charmed_life - - Credit: @1930s_semi_charmed_life -   

Pippa Nixon   

@littlemcrhouse  

How did you get into your area of influencing?    

I started the Instagram page as a way to document my home journey and buying my property. It's been a labour of love, and when I look back, it’s nice to see how far it’s come. I never expected it to grow as much as it has. I began looking at other houses on Instagram for inspiration.   

Favourite place to shop in Manchester?  

I like going to Sostrene Grene and Oliver Bonas. They have such nice statement pieces and nice homeware gifts. I don’t shop from any particular brands – if I like it, I'll buy it.   

Favourite part of your job?    

Since I work in PR, my page has shown me how it is to be on the other side and what it’s like to work personally with other brands. I love working with them and met so many lovely brands on this journey.   

Favourite influencers you look up to?    

@emeraldterrace is one of my favourites. We both have the same house layout; we both have terraces, and it’s so nice to see her space. I take a lot of inspiration from her on how she uses colour. The interiors community is so nice; everyone gives each other advice and tips.  

Favourite place to eat in Manchester?  

My favourite has to be Viet Shack in Ancoats. It's Vietnamese Street food and is delicious. There is also one in Manchester Arndale. 

Pippa Nixon - @littlemcrhouse  

Pippa Nixon - @littlemcrhouse - Credit: Katie Lee / Beautiful Homes in the North