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Afflecks is a revitalised city centre building with five storeys of around 50 stalls and market-type shops, which provides shoppers with a novel buying experience. Very like an Aladdin’s Cave, Afflecks has become a platform for fledgling designers, punk, retro style and experimental fashion – a magnet to young shoppers, particularly on Saturdays.
Affleck’s Palace was opened in 1982, the brainchild of James Walsh, a Manchester-born hairdresser with a keen interest in the fashion industry. Based on the street fashion of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s he planned to provide affordable retail outlets for emerging designers to sell their wares directly to the public.
Prices are generally much lower than you’d expect to pay in more upmarket stores, but with little by way of fancy decor or expensive overheads, these predominantly young entrepreneurs usually offer great value for money.
Of themselves, they say: “The objective is now and always has been to encourage an exciting interesting place, which in our modest way would be something more than just a shopping centre based entirely on commercial interests”.
Shop at Afflecks for : second-hand clothes and “laid back” gear, denims, rare and old records, anything to do with the occult, books, magazines, tattooing, hairstyling, jewellery, ceramics – a shopping experience unique to Manchester.
Mark Kennedy, a 38 year old Ardwick-born artist has produced some of Manchester’s most iconic works of art, displayed throughout the city – from the exterior of the infamous Afflecks Palace to the Selfridges Exchange Square Hubub restaurant. He has also lived in Madrid, Morocco and spent two years in a Tibetan centre as a monk.