THERE are many things to be excited about when it comes to fashion, and nothing is more exciting than reading those two fabulous words, NEW SEASON. Manchester-based Object clothing welcomes their newest collection: ‘The season of the primaries’.
Object on Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, have sourced hand made clothing from two family run businesses in Lithuania.
Rachael Otterwell, co-owner of Object, wears the clothing herself, describing them as “being like a uniform and being very practical.”
If you are a fan of comfortable clothing but you still like to be stylish then the new season stocked at Object is perfect. All of the garments contain pockets, an added feature that not only makes them stylish but also adds practicality.
Rachael said, “We like to call them ‘easy wears for everyday’.”
The retailers has chosen bright and vibrant colours to coincide with the upcoming Spring season. However, there has also been some black and monochrome tones added to the collection to suit all ranges of personalities.
“I think it is just a nice alternative to the high street. Our customer’s wardrobes tend to be shopping at that higher point of high street clothing with maybe a little bit of vintage mixed in there.” Rachael commented.
“Our typical customer, favours high-end high street clothing brands such as COS and Toast whose ranges are created to suit all ages, shapes and sizes. We’ve tried to incorporate this into our own brand values by only stocking season-less, long-lasting wares, which will be wardrobe staples for years to come.”
The independent store also has a men’s and home section, all of which have a very clean cut and modern feel. The home department, sourced from Denmark and Japan add style and simplicity to any room and give you all kinds of inspiration to revamp your home. IKEA, stand aside. Object also works with two different suppliers for homeware each season, last season they worked with a Portuguese illustrator that created hand drawn canvases for the store.
The inspiration for the clothing in Object comes from Rachael’s own style as she herself wears oversized and lose fitting garments and so decided to find other places that sold that particular style of clothing that was not necessarily on the high street.
Simplicity, craftsmanship and practicality are what inspires Object’s womenswear. Rachael’s own style is very relaxed, opting to wear lose fit, oversize garments in natural, organic fabrics that are durable, season-less and hard to come by on the high street.
That is when she came across the two retailers they work with today and bought a couple of pieces from them and trialled it for around two years.
Object started as just an online store for around two years until Rachael and her husband Alex decided to open up the store.
The clothing is made by the handful and carefully constructed by two family run businesses, who make the products from their home studio. A lot of time, effort and consideration is put into making each handmade garment to ensure excellent quality is achieved.
The shirts in the men’s section of Object are designed by Alex Otterwell, adding some extra originality to the store. All of the fabric is produced in the UK and the shirts are made in Manchester, keeping the small independent store pretty local and adding to the homely (but still incredibly chic) feel of the store.
So if it isn’t already tempting enough, then take a look at the website for yourself here or visit the store in Chorlton, I promise you won’t regret it.
Take a look at some of the new season garments.
Photography credits: Amin Musa, Lucy Little Photography and India Hobson