Joyce Ridings shop to close

LIQUIDATORS from Mazars have been appointed to handle Joyce Ridings’ fashion business following her death earlier in the year.

Mrs Ridings, who died of cancer aged 69, was a graduate of Manchester College of Art and Design and ran a shop off King Street in the city centre. It closed on April 27.

She previously designed for Jaeger, and sold to Fenwick, Selfridges and John Lewis. She fulfilled a longheld ambition by opening a shop in Manchester six years ago.

Tim Askham, restructing services partner at Mazars’ Manchester office, said: “Remaining stock has been flying off the racks as loyal customers have been rushing to the shop’s closing down sale.

“It’s obviously extremely sad to be handling a company’s liquidation following the death of its owner, even though Mrs Ridings had been very ill for a long time. We’ve been instructed only this week and it was no surprise to find there was virtually no stock left. The customers have done that bit of our usual job for us.

“Although the garments are virtually gone, what does survive are, we understand, several hundred of Joyce’s designs and patterns stretching back probably more than 10 years. We think these will be of interest to the fashion trade and we would invite potential buyers to contact us for more details.”