For fashion lovers, Birmingham is not short of options. Whether you’re looking to splash the cash at one of the city’s luxury outlets, shop at some of the best options on the high street or support independent, local retailers, you’re spoilt for choice. Read on for our guide to some of the best in Brum shopping.
Arguably the city’s most stylish retail option, The Mailbox offers a deluxe range of exclusive shopping outlets, restaurants and bars. There are designer labels in abundance, with the likes of Harvey Nichols, Paul Smith and Hugo Boss in the outlet. Once you’ve finished shopping, you can head for a bite to eat at one of the centre’s fine eateries. If the name didn’t give it away already, the upmarket shopping destination was once Royal Mail’s Birmingham sorting office.
Though Flannels is in a slightly less obvious position than the likes of The Mailbox and Selfridges, its central location still makes it a desirable destination. Specialising in men and women’s designer fashion, Flannels is on Lower Temple Street, a 30 second walk from New Street Station. Here you’ll be able to pick up garments by the likes of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbanna and Michael Kors.
Birmingham’s branch of Selfridges is not only a landmark store, but also one of the most iconic buildings in the country. Set over four floors, the upmarket department store offers both boutique and designer labels in its clean-looking interior, with Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Christian Louboutin on show. Its unique facade comprises of 15,000 aluminium discs on a curved, blue background which is visible for miles in Birmingham’s skyline.
Birmingham proudly boasts one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, with Bullring Birmingham offering the largest collection of fashion shops in a single city outlet. Whether it’s favourites like Topshop, River Island and New Look or upmarket high street offerings like All Saints or Cos, Bullring has it all. Need a break from all that shopping? Not to worry, Bullring has more than 25 restaurants to choose from.
Opening in September 2015 as part of the renovation of New Street Station, Grand Central is the newest shopping centre in the city. Situated above the station’s new and shiny concourse, you’ll be able to find John Lewis, Monsoon, Fat Face and Foot Locker, as well as the stylish Cath Kidston and Joules.
We couldn’t mention high street stores without mentioning one of the city’s busiest streets. With one of the country’s largest Primark stores, as well as Adidas, Burton, Jack Wills and Clarks, New Street is a top shopping destination in the city for high street retailers.
Great Western Arcade
This stunning corridor of independent retailers is packed with fashion gems to discover. Take Liquor Store for example; one of the coolest men’s clothing retailers in the city with worldwide labels to discover. Meanwhile, Designer Exchange is your one-stop shop for luxury handbags and Peter Forson Hat Shop – the only hat shop in the city centre – does what it says on the tin!
Disorder is an award-winning, independent fashion boutique, situated on Needless Alley in the city centre. Disorder designs and crafts all of their fashion items from their Birmingham studio; anything from men’s shirts to tweed jackets, and they are one of the most respected outlets in the city.
This independent vintage shop can be found down the side streets of Digbeth and is a treasure cove of quirky clothes and accessories from years gone by. Though only open on Saturdays to the public (open Monday-Friday to trade, by appointment only), Urban Village buy and sell everything from belts all the way through to vintage cars and scooters. Yes, really! You’d better head down and check it out for yourself…
Situated near the Arcadian, Provide is one of Birmingham’s finest independent outlets, with a focus on t-shirts, sweatshirts and accessories. Provide keep their focus on Birmingham and all of their items have a focus or reference to the city.