Supporting beautiful and local just got city centred. With Provide captaining the impeccably designed vessel, a collect of Birmingham-based creatives have got all poppy and uppy with their wares, resulting in Best of Brum — a store and event space — at the Great Western Arcade all the way through to NYE. Here's our pick of the pick.
Provide: Spreading the Bab love
In what's being billed as the Brummiest Christmas card ever witnessed, a phrase little understood by outsiders has been overlaid on to a typical Birmingham scene. A bit like a modern take on Bethlehem, it's £2.50 as a stand alone container of festive frivolities, and but £15 for a whole pack of ten. Which is (spoiler alert) therefore the precise number of wish-filled cards we'll be sending this December. Get it in-store or right here.
Copper + Solder: Industrial yes
Bringing their properly affordable hand crafted range from their Lichfield home to Brum, Copper + Solder's big up into concrete. Get all industrial with your candlestick game using a marble effect holder (£10, pictured). Or give someone the gift of actually being able to find their watch and rings in the morning with the team's hexagonal dish (£10), which is also suitable for hot drinks thanks to the application of a thin seal.
Joe Lycett: Writes words
No you can't buy him. But on November 19, you can watch Joe Lycett sign his name repeatedly, in-store. Saving his sole Brum-based book squiggling for the occasion, pick up his thought-provoking debut work Parsnips, Buttered. A weighty text that has attracted the design of its own full-fingered pin badge, if you're not that into words, there are plenty of pictures. Pre-order your copy to guarantee entry to the 2.30pm soirée.
Hades: Last chance
Sold out at Liberty of London and just about everywhere else, a small number of Hades' designs remain at Best of Brum. Achieving the approval of Alexa Chung at Glastonbury this year, the 100 per cent lambswool range features The Slits and The Smiths in addition to our Patti (they're £160 a pop). You'll also find a range of one-offs from British menswear designer, Joseph Turvey. The garments are pieces of art as much as they are clothing.
Haslucks Honey: Bigging up bees
Understandably, bees may have given up on life for 2016. But you can still get some of the Hasluck swarm's best work. Having bought up all remaining stocks of the organic operation's raw, unfiltered, small batch honey, you can count on two hands the number of jars still available to pimp your porridge, adorn your giant crumpet, or more likely consume directly utilising only a spoon. Honey Eden will result in you having £5 less in your wallet.
Imbue exhibition: New spoils
Taking over the upstairs gallery space from December 2 to 4, Imbue's got new works for the viewing. Considering the development of our Roman-based language from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, the artist's been considering our reversion to communicating via symbols rather than actual words. Pictured are Imbue's "emojiglyphs" — a gold and black screen print on Egyptian papyrus.
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