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The long but increasingly "done" checklist of 'things we need in Birmingham but don't have' had one of its most comforting boxes ticked, last week, as Paul Smith opened in the Mailbox. In tribute to the designer's first shop in Nottingham, a three metres by three metres square is inlaid into the shop’s floor, exactly mirroring the original store's dimensions. Paul Smith is now said to be worth £300 million, which by our maths is £100 million per square metre. That's like London property prices. Current in-store highlights include winter coats for women (look out for the shearling collars) and a sizeable gents suits section. Gift-buying? Paul Smith socks rock and his purses are almost universally thumbs-upable.

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