Announcing Best of Vintage Manchester Awards 2013

Hurrah! We cant believe its been almost a year since the first Best Of Vintage Manchester Awards held at Matt & Phreds in the Northern Quarter…

But here we are announcing the second edition!

Lots of changes have occurred on the vintage scene in Manchester since the last awards, some of the more regular nights are no more like The Whim Wham Club at Charlie’s (who won best vintage night out last year) and Slippery Belle Burlesque at The Star & Garter. The guys from Whim Wham now focus on their gin salon and eatery- which hosts vintage style entertainment at weekends.

Some of our winners have gone on to collect other awards after winning at our event last year- big cheers for them please (we’re looking at you Vintage Village) and some have even branched out and made their businesses stronger by teaming up with fellow vintage businesses- having met at our awards last year, hatching their plans then!

Also on the back of winning Best Vintage Clothing Retailer Jadore vintage opened their shop in Prestwich. Fantstic news for Prestwich!

Some entrants from last year no longer reside in Manchester, for example milliner and seamstress, and winner of Best Vintage Inspired Designer Kalandra Jane. Winner of Best Vintage Venue- Sugar Junction has changed ownership and there is a flurry of china suppliers and new vintage photography and makeover studios on the block now too.

Pleasingly for everyone, more men are now showing an interest in the scene or coming out of the woodwork, and men’s vintage clothing specialists are finally cropping up more and more, like Froggy Went Courting, as well grooming solutions like Gladstone Grooming.

We need to emphasise that when nominating, it is only businesses that trade/function in the Greater Manchester area that qualify. Please see the map below for clarification, and we do check each individual nomination so make sure yours count.

*Nominations now open go here*

Nominations close at the end of August with Finalists announced in the first week of September. Voting for the finalists will then close at the end of September.


So when is the awards bash?

You need to save the date for Wednesday 23rd October 2013…

More details coming soon, meanwhile get your thinking caps on for your favourite vintage businesses in Greater Manchester. If you need some inspiration have a look through our archives but we’d really like to know your hidden gems that we don’t already know about!




  1. June 12, 2013 / 2:51 pm

    Will there be a “Best Vintage Clothing Wholesaler” category?

    • admin
      June 12, 2013 / 6:34 pm

      Not this year, perhaps in the future!

  2. June 12, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    Wah, I’ve been in Manchester most of the year! But yes, by the time the polls open I’ll have been gone a few weeks. I’ll still definitely be coming over for the awards though, it’s already in the diary 😀

    • admin
      June 12, 2013 / 8:16 pm

      Oh brilliant! Manchester’s loss is Liverpool’s gain, and we do have to draw a line somewhere regretfully!

  3. Kathryn Young
    June 12, 2013 / 11:04 pm


    I host and run a monthly Vintage Fair – Odds & Oddities at Odder Bar on Oxford Rd, Manchester and I would love for it to be nominated for Best New Vintage Fair! (If that category exists!)

    Here’s an article recently posted by Manchester Fashion Week about the fair. Please take a look…



  4. June 22, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Hi I own Vintage Lane Bridal & Boutique (based in Bolton BL79PZ) and I also run Once upon a Teacup Vintage Parties (Based in Manchester) If I wanted to enter the awards is it OK to nominate myself? Thanks Sybil

  5. June 22, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    Hi I own Vintage Lane Bridal & Boutique in Bolton and I also run Once upon a teacup in Manchester, if I wanted to enter is it OK to noominate myself? Thanks Sybil x

    • admin
      June 22, 2013 / 3:17 pm

      Nominating yourself is fine! We’ll be counting how many nominations each business gets and the top three are the finalists

  6. July 1, 2013 / 9:14 pm


    I’ve totally nominated myself for my lil’ blog Leopard & Lipstick. I am a thrifty so-so residing in Stockport!

    Thanks so much!!

  7. July 4, 2013 / 12:50 am

    What is the closing date for nominations?

    • admin
      July 4, 2013 / 9:30 pm

      End of August x

  8. July 16, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    Hello nominators

    I would just like to raise my profile as a hardworking vintage pop up boutique who stands at various fair every week come rain or shine bringing affordabel on-trend vintage clothing and Homeware. I am also responsible for the fairs at The Kings Arms and The Whim Wham cafe….so if you have bought from me or visited my fair then please please nominate me – Paula aka Mrs Mint at Mint Vintage