Leeds Corn Exchange is a beautiful and iconic building right in the centre of Leeds. It was built between 1861 and 1863 by Hull based architect, Cuthbert Broderick. In the 1980s Speciality Shops restored the building and converted it into a retail facility – it was around this time you could not go into or leave the building without battling your way through the crowd of young “goths” who regularly hung around the entrance.
Rushbond acquired the Corn Exchange in 2017 and two years later the impressive building holds around 30 independent retailers and food outlets. Although it no longer functions as a corn exchange, it still remains one of only three that still acts as a trade centre.
I spoke to Manu at All Blues Company, who told me he’d named his men’s fashion store after his favourite Miles Davis track. Manu describes the ethos of All Blues Company as selling casual classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. He uses the store Instagram account to show customers classic styles worn by fashion icons, and how that look can be achieved by buying from his store. He showcases the style of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. All Blues Company offer customers classic styles with the highest quality and craftsmanship.
Manu travels to South Korea at least twice a year to pick up all the latest styles and trends – he feels South Korea has surpassed Japan as the place to source top-notch and affordable fashion and is the first store in the UK to stock more than one South Korean brand.