The A-Z of Cheshire's best boutiques
We present our A-Z of Cheshire's best boutiques, where you'll find everything from shoes and clothes to jewellery and accessories
Who shops here: Stylish women who love to wear great clothes in size 16 and above.
The labels: Anna Scholz, Marina Rinaldi, Elena Miro, Doris Stretch, Alain Weiss, Verpass, NYD Jeans to name a few.
What’s hot: Seductively soft fabrics and shapes with fabulous textures and embellishments such as lace, fake fur, velvet and sequins. Watch out for an elegant midi-length pencil skirt from Elena Miro, worn with chucky knits and boots or styled with a tailored shirt and hourglass waist-cinching belts.
Where to find us: 9 Minshull Street, Knutsford, WA16 6HG. 01565 755577,www.verityplum.co.uk
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Who shops here: Men of all ages.
The labels: Barbour, Ben Sherman, Magee, Roy Robson, Brax, Camel active, Matinique, Cottonfield, Benvenuto, Eterna, Bruhl, Fynch-Hatton, Gabicci.
What’s hot: Winter coats are expected to be a best seller this season, especially if it turns out to be as cold as it was last winter. Classical tailoring will be very popular as well, but with the addition of some modern and retro twists, so a smarter look will probably dominate the collections. Also, the country looks from brands such as Barbour are still very popular.
Where to find us: Hospital Street, Nantwich. 0845 2635444, www.viewjepsons.co.uk
Who shops here: Ladies with curves who like to dress with style.
The labels: Verpass, Chalon, Doris Streich, Gollehaug, Angel Circle, Laurie, K.J. Brand.
What’s hot: This season look out for faux fur and animal prints.
Where to find us: 88 Hospital Street, Nantwich, CW5 5RP. 01270 627355, www.1828nantwich.co.uk
Who shops here: Modern and fashion conscious women looking for personal and friendly service as well as fabulous clothes that can’t be found on the high street. Women who just love clothes.
The labels: Peruzzi, Steilmann, Fred Sabatier, Libra, Joseph Ribkoff, Michael H Gold, Gina Bacconi, Carina, Michaela Louisa to name a few.
What’s hot: This season it’s all about the dress. Go wild about animal skin prints and inject some colour into your wardrobe with sumptuous jewel colours, red, purple and sapphire blue.
Where to find us: 59-61 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7AA. 0161 485 331, www.andreaclaire.co.uk
Who shops here: Ladies who appreciate the very best international labels alongside the ultimate customer service, with family and sale consultants that always go the extra mile to ensure total customer satisfaction.
The labels: Alice at Temperley, Armani Colleziono, Australia Luxe Boots, Barbour, Basler, Bernshaw, Babette Wasserman, Citizens of Humanity, Dolce & Gabbana, Elisa Cavaletti, Escada, Gloria Estelles, Hale & Bib, Ingenious Jewellery, J Brand Jeans, Jenny Packham, Juicy Couture, La Fee Marabouee, Laurel, Luuisa Cerano, Marc Cain, Markus Lupfer, Missoni M, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Olga Berg handbags, Paule Ka, repeat Cashmere, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, St John, Temperley, Wolford.
What’s hot: Incredible textured knitwear, coats in every shape possible and a return to the glamour of sophisticated dresses with a twist of ruffle, bow, lace or velvet.Where to find us: 43-47 Woodford Road, Bramhall. SK7 1JR. 0161 439 2630, www.angelabeer.com
Who shops here: The style conscious woman who loves colour and is looking for something different at a keen price.
The labels: Marina Rinaldi Persona, Frank Walder, Roberto Naldi, Hebbeding, Gabi Lauton, James Lakeland, Frank Lyman.
What’s hot: Lots of decorative collars and necklines: fringes, furs, ribbons, ruffles, lace, bunched mock scarves; big cowl necks are quite common this season.The use of fabric and colour/print combinations which slim down the figure; beautiful and very flattering.
Where to find us: 58 High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0AG. 01829 733699
Who shops here: Ladies who are fed up with the monotomy of the High Street; whether they are looking for a versatile occasion outfit, cruisewear or casual daywear and want friendly advice and an alteration service.
The labels: Frank Lyman, Olsen, Eugene Klein, Emreco, Gelco, Finn Karelia, to namea few.
What’s hot: The top trend this season is animal print mix and match jersey seperates; also look out for Frank Lyman stunning dresses and seperates as well as Olsen knitwear and colour matching jeans.
Where to find us: 23 Church Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7JD. 0161 485 3154, www.crissanclothes.co.uk
Who shops here: Customers include mums and daughters so collections include cool, comfortable but flattering looks as well as snazzy/sassy pieces for the younger clientele.
The labels: The Florentyna Dawn bespoke labels as well as some unusual and unknown labels from all over the world.
What’s hot: Top trends this season are neutrals, camels, lace and cosy knits; looking classy and womanly, with strong, attractive accessories. Best sellers are likely to be unusual coats and knitwear from Italy.
Where to find us: 327 London Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4PS. 0161 487 1679, www.florentynadawn.co.uk
Who shops here: Ladies who prefer to potter and try on in comfort in a relaxed environment rather than the hassle of the High Street. Ladies who want an honest opinion from experienced staff and who want that personal shopping experience.
The labels: Event by Gloria Estelles, Oni Onik, Paule Vasseur, Veni Infantino, Luis Civit, Zeila, John Charles, Via Appia, Libra, Aria, Apanage, Bianca, Michaela Louisa, Petit Baigneur to name a few.
What’s hot: Bright jewel colours – purples, reds, jades and sapphire blues in occasionwear with dress and bolero styles still going strong whether long or short. The Libra and Petit Baigneur collections have some funky dresses, tops and tunics which layered over leggings, jeggings, trousers, jeans, stockings and boots will be a top trend this season.
Where to find us: 34 High Street, Tarvin, CH3 8EE. 01829 741455, www.imaginationfashion.co.uk
Who shops here: Ladies looking for something for that special occasion and that ‘something special’ really has to be out of the ordinary.
The labels: Ian Stuart, Linea Raffaelli, Barbara Schwarzer, Vera Mont, Class Roberto Cavalli, Amanda Wakeley.
What’s hot: Elegance always; one shoulder dresses sufficiently unusual to make an impact.Where to find us: 30 High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0DX. 01829 733851
Who shops here: Predominately the 40+ woman who is looking for great clothing, style and superior customer service.
The labels: Sandwich, Mais il est ou le soleil?, Part Two, Nice Things, Bohemia, Noa Noa, Myrine & Me, Tamaris, J Shoes, Melissa.
What’s hot: Look out for leather boots by J Shoes, hand crafted and finished in the UK using leathers from around the world, which are sure to be a best seller this season.
Where to find us: 112 London Road, Stockton Heath, Cheshire, WA4 6LE. 01925 211130, www.pretty-flamingo.co.uk
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Who shops here: All underwear junkies! Puure caters for the lady who wants exclusive brands right through to the younger customer with fashion ranges. Also those looking for maternity or mastectomy ranges.
The labels: Marie Jo, Prima Donna, Empriente, Wacol, Fantasie, freya, Curvey Kate, Panache, Linadore, Wonderbra, Lepel and Royce.
What’s hot: Retro beautiful silks and laces. Black always sells well at Christmas but a ruby red range from Walcol, might just steal the show this year.
Where to find us: 10 Eagle Brow, Lymm, WA13 0LN. 01925 556673, www.puure.com
Who shops here: Ladies of all ages looking for fashion inspiration.
The labels: Joseph Ribkoff, Olsen, Not Your Daughter’s Tummy Tuck Jeans, Sandwich, Mado et les Autres, Fransa.
What’s hot: Dresses, dresses and more dresses - whether they’re worn with legging, opaque tights and boots or heels. Look out for the quirky range from Mado et les Autres.
Where to find us: 64 Lodge Drive, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 4ER. 01925 767795
Who shops here: The more design and designer conscious woman who loves colour.
The labels: Bleu Blanc Rouge, Kenzo, D.Exterior, Escada Sport, Paul Smith Black, Save the Queen, Kali Orea.
What’s hot: Lots of prints. Animal skin patterns and also abstract designs based on natural objects, flowers and feathers. Also prints harking back to 60s pop art; big geometric blocks of colour with broad black outlines. Some dress shapes are also vintage.
Where to find us: 50A High Street, Tarporley, CW6 0AG. 01829 733251
Who shops here: The discerning lady who wants to turn heads and demand attention. Whether you are the mother of the bride/groom, a wedding guest or are looking for something to wear to the races or to a ball, Tara’s Couture has something for everyone in their range of day and evening wear, not forgetting their casual collections.
The labels: Anoushka, Condici, John Charles, Joseph Ribkoff, Libra, Michael H Gold, NYDJ, Olsen, Pink Label to name a few.
What’s hot: Smart on-trend country casuals including quilted coats, gilets and knits. Coats are going to be key this season following the harsh winter last year.
Where to find us: 173-175 Nantwich Road, Crewe, CW2 6DF. 01270 250526, www.tarascouture.co.uk
Who shops here: Today’s fashion conscious woman who wants a unique style, from mother-of-the-bride to smart casual day wear, with a one-of-a-kind look from the top designers in Europe.
The labels: Gold by Michael H, Oui, Pomodoro, Mado et les Autres, Gollehaug, Libra, Via Appia, Michelle Trousers.
What’s hot: Strong bold colours with attention to detail; knitwear and separates to mix,match and layer.
Where to find us: 97-99 Antrobus Street, Congleton, CW12 1HE. 01260 275070
The Trafford Centre
Who shops here: The Trafford Centre is the perfect shopping and leisure destination for everyone. With a large variety of designer, high street and department stores you are sure to find that new outfit, must-have item for the home or perfect gift you are looking for.
The labels: The only place outside Oxford Street where you’ll find Selfridges, John Lewis, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer together, plus designer brands and lots of large flagship branches of high street stores.
What’s hot: The top trend this season is ‘the empowered woman’. Soft feminie tailoring with a Hollywood Glamour twist. A floppy hat is a must have item to accessorise any outfit. Team it with a pair of tailored shorts, heeled boots, white shirt and a woolly cape for a wearable catwalk look.
Where to find us: The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA. 0161 749 1717, www.traffordcentre.co.uk