Nominated by: Michelle Crighton, Frances Grogan, and Nicky Iqbal
Where: 58 High Street, Manchester
Bachers sold a wide variety of furnishing and clothing fabrics – one of only a few places in the city centre to do so.. Established in 1903, they promoted the business as “Specialist textiles merchants. Retail, wholesale and mail order” and assured customers that they were “Suppliers of fabrics and haberdashery for all occasions”
It was a family run business which was an Aladdins cave of fabrics of all textures and colours. A wide variety of haberdashery items with wonderful embellishments from all around the world. Loved to visit as a child in the 1970s with a relative who was a seamstress and used to leave with a bag full of wonderful items of sample swatches and trimmings. Lovely memories as a child and also important to the textile industry in Manchester.
I have always been a keen seamstress and really enjoyed making my own clothes and many other items. This shop is one of the fabric shops in Manchester that I used to visit regularly and purchase fabrics and various items from the haberdashery. There was a really great selection of fabrics at good prices and a choice of colours. I purchased the fabric for my own wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses from the shop, all which I made myself including the purchasing of some navy blue velvet fabric to make a two piece suit for my 2 year old son for the wedding back in 1987. I used to love coming to Manchester to visit the fabric shop – I was never disappointed with my visits to the shop as I always found the right kind of fabric/colours at the right price that I was looking for,.
Downstairs was a wonderful trove of furnishing fabrics and upstairs was dress fabrics. I bought so much fabric here late 80s/early 90s and transformed it into garments I sold In Afflecks Palace. A real gem that I’d spend hours in when in the city centre. It was so unique and besides Lewis’s fabric/haberdashery there were few places you could buy fabric from in city centres