New Online Shop

Michelle, Jane and the team would be delighted to welcome you to our new online store. You’ll find the very latest collections from the World’s leading brands available to browse.

30% promotion – new stock will be added daily.


30% Easter Promotion

All Spring Summer items are now part of our Easter Promotion!

To view all of our collections CLICK HERE.

20% Spring Summer Promotion

As we always have our customers’ safety in mind, we will unfortunately be cancelling the Fashion Show next Wednesday.

We truly appreciate your loyalty to michelle b, and as a thank you, we now have 20% OFF all of our latest collections.

Keep an eye on our Social pages as we will be posting new items daily. We also shared a full album on our Facebook page last week, if you haven’t already seen it!

If you see an item you like, give us a call on 01282 605060 and we’ll post it out to you, or feel free to pop in and browse.

Now that’s a reason to keep smiling…

Crazy Clearance AW19

Date        from Saturday 1st February

Time       10am

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’ll have crazy prices throughout the store.
Designer brands from just £20! Grab yourself a bargain!
* Lingerie, bags, candles and jewellery are not included.
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Michelle talks about her journey into fashion

Michelle Berkins talks about her journey into fashion and textiles that has led to her owning one of the most stylish and glamorous ladieswear shops in the North West, writes Gail Bailey.

Experience, hard work and determination have been the drivers behind Michelle Berkins’ success, who had a 25-year career in textiles before opening the doors of her award-winning ladieswear shop michelle b in Barrowford in 2005.

Lancashire born Michelle began a career at Albert Hartley’s Barnoldswick, as a silk screen separation artist. After 10 years she moved within the group to Dorma in Swinton, Manchester: “Being a separation artist gave me a skill that people are less likely to get now – the process is done by computer – recognising quality in fabrics purely by touch.”

Within the Dorma Group Michelle led the department and became more involved in design and sales for home textiles, working with leading stores and in particular Marks & Spencer.

She recalls: “As my role developed further into design, I began to work directly with designers such as Jeff Banks and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen. Upon design selection we would then develop it across the range of fabric products.”

Michelle travelled far and wide to places such as India, Italy, Austria and Turkey but, once married, decided it was time to find more of a work-life balance: “I knew I wanted a career, as I had always had one,” Michelle says. “I was destined to open my own business but couldn’t decide between fashion or interiors, I just knew I wanted to use my creative skills and use my knowledge of colour and fabrics. In the end my husband made the decision for me! He acquired the post office and newsagents premises in Barrowford. We spent 12 months transforming the building and have never looked back since opening michelle b.”

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago has not stopped Michelle – if anything it has made her even more determined and dedicated: “I had always dreamed of having my own business and my illness won’t stop me working – if anything, it helps to give me even more of a purpose.”

Michelle and her team offer a very bespoke service and she credits this with their success: “The business has evolved and grown over the years and most of this is down to the very individual service we offer along with a fabulously loyal clientele,” Michelle explains. “Not everyone enjoys shopping, so we ensure that we make coming to our store a very personal experience. We give lots of time, we’re patient and ensuring people are completely at ease is paramount to what we offer.”
The team know some of their customers so well they put a personal rail together before they arrive, which showcases some of the garments and mixed branding that they know will appeal.

Michelle speaks highly of the team she has around her who all share her philosophy, honesty and approach to the retail experience they give to all their customers: “We have new brands coming into the shop and it is an exciting time for us all,” she says.

Along with her husband Kevin, owner of the Fence Gate, Fence Gate Lodge and the Eagle at Barrow, Michelle has the continued support of another family member – Betty her faithful Norfolk Terrier. “Betty is in the shop and comes everywhere with me, even to visit design companies,” Michelle says.

“Our clients can come in with their husband, partner, children or even their dog – it’s not a problem. Our mission is always to go out of our way to make everyone feel welcome.”
And after spending time with Michelle, and hearing her story, this is definitely a true reflection of her outlook and approach to both life and work.


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Article from Live Ribble Valley

Festive Opening Times 2019



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50% sale

Date        From Saturday 7th December

Time       10am

50% OFF all of our Autumn Winter 19 Collections.

* Lingerie, bags, candles and jewellery are not included.

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Christmas Fayre

Date        Thursday 28th November

Time       from 10am

Join us in store for mulled wine and mince pies.

Gifts from Neom, Caroline Svedbom& Les Georgettes by Altesse.

Christmas decorations & wreaths from The Ivy Barn.

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Late Night Shopping

Date        Thursday 14th November

Time       Open 'til 9pm

Christmas has come early! Join us on Thursday 14th November when we’ll be open until 9pm.

  • Goodie bags withall purchases over £100
  • Gift wrapping
  • Mulled wine & stollen
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No tricks, just treats!

Date        31st October, 1st November and 2nd November

Time       from 10am

Join us for our 3 day promotion…

We will have 20% OFF all of our Autumn Winter collections.

Candles and jewellery are not included.

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