Saturday, 28 January 2012

BBC Radio Manchester's Retail Therapy - Listen Again 28/01/12

I dragged myself out of my warm bed this morning and schlepped up Deansgate to Manchester Arndale at 08:00am. Why? BBC Radio Manchester's Retail Therapy Show was in town! (Why else?)

Becky Want and the team set up their studio in Manchester Arndale to broadcast consumer news, trend reports and money-saving advice to the region. I last appeared on the show on New Years Eve 2011 bringing tips on spending pennies wisely and getting your wardrobe to work harder for your cash. This time, however, I was given a Stylist challenge, of all things!

Roger Dean of Roger Dean Estate Agents was looking for a work suit for the summer months and it was my job to help him find it. My challenge was made all the more exciting as Roger had no budget! Got to love an Estate Agent! 

Braving the Manchester frost and wind we trekked through the city's most fabulous stores to find the perfect suit.

I introduced Roger to Mr Start in Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square, the Shoreditch tailor founded by Philip Start and Brix Smith-Start as an own-label extension to their retail chain in the capital. Quintessentially Shoreditch Luxury, the suits follow a slim silhouette with a narrow lapel to match the brand's characteristic narrow collared shirts. Exquisite, but, not Roger's cup-of-tea. Woops.

It was here in the men's formal department of Selfridges that Roger got acquainted with Hugo Boss and Ted Baker. I had planned to introduce Roger to Pal Zilieri at Harvey Nichols Manchester, the Italian brand with real heart and superb craftsmanship. I had the pleasure of meeting Bruno, Chief Tailor, who has been with the firm since he was 14, at a Harvey Nichols brunch last year. (Find out more about Pal Zilieri here)

However, Roger had found the suit he wanted in the back SALE rails of Selfridges and it was two sizes too small. Not wanting to let go, we tracked down the same suit in another local store and made a purchase there an then! Bonus! One happy customer.

To find out which suit won Roger's approval listen to Retail Therapy here (available for next seven days)

I come on at 3.50 mins in and then 1 hour 39 mins in.

I'll be back on the show live from Manchester's Trafford Centre on Feburary 11th!