Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stolen from Ivor Is Safe Thanks to M.E.N. ; Last Branch of Manchester-Launched Fashion Chain Has Had Roaring Trade since Our Story

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stolen from Ivor Is Safe Thanks to M.E.N. ; Last Branch of Manchester-Launched Fashion Chain Has Had Roaring Trade since Our Story

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tHE last remaining branch of iconic clothing chain Stolen from Ivor has been saved - thanks to the M.E.N. Ivor Hazan, 67, opened his first boutique on King Street West in Manchester city centre in 1965 and his 40 stores became a mecca for fashion hipsters across the region.

He announced last month he was to shut the doors on his last remaining shop in Stockport, which opened in 1974, due to declining sales.

After the story was featured in the pages of the M.E.N. and on our website, the brand has undergone a revival.

Ivor says he has been inundated with people coming into the shop and sharing their stories of the clobber they bought from him in their youth.

One man even broke down in tears, while another wanted to buy his distinctive yellow carrier bags and sell them online.

And after seeing a spike in sales Ivor says he will keep the shop open - for now.

His first store opened at the height of the 'Swinging' Sixties.

It was close to a boutique owned by United hero George Best and he had a gentleman's agreement that he would not sell suits if the Reds ace didn't sell jeans. …

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