Flannels - © Simon Buckley/Time Out
This Manchester-based independent chain, stocking the cream of each season's fashion crop, recently upped sticks and moved from St Ann's Square to the city's new designer destination, Spinningfields. Adored by footballers and their wives, Flannels leans towards high glamour - Versace, D&G, Gucci and Cavalli - though such tastefully restrained labels as Armani and YSL also feature heavily.
Take your gold card, and an understanding partner. If you're feeling less flush, head to one of Flannels' two outlet stores, on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter, and in Salford's Lowry Outlet Mall.