We couldn’t hold it in any longer, so we thought it’d be best if we were completely honest.
So here you are, 12 very valid reasons why you shouldn’t go to Birmingham for all things fashion, just telling it how it is…
1: There aren’t any good shopping centres.
Inside Bullring shopping centre
Not like the Bullring shopping centre is one of the UK’s most visited shopping mall’s situated in the very heart of the city. Or that is has over 160 shops, including Topshop, River Island, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, COS, Karen Miller, to name a few.
2: Not a Selfridges store in sight.
Because Selfridges doesn’t offer the latest in cutting edge luxury fashion, filled with some of the most sought-after men’s and women’s brands on the planet.
3: Neither is it the home to the brand new Grand Central.
Grand Central, Birmingham
Over 60 new premium shops. Boring!
4: We mean, is it really also home to one of the largest John Lewis department stores in the country?
John Lewis, Birmingham
What even is John Lewis? No one has ever heard of John Lewis here.
5: There are no other places to shop for luxury designer items.
Mailbox, Commercial St.
If a pure shopping indulgence in a canalside setting is something you’re after, The Mailbox isn’t the place to go. Not like there’s the flagship department store, Harvey Nichols, inside.
Beth Goodrham, Birmingham wardrobe stylist, said: “The variety of shops that we have can rival pretty much anywhere in the UK. We have some great events every year such as Style Birmingham and the magazine of the same name is brilliant!”
6: All buildings are modern, unhistorical and have nothing fashionable inside worth visiting.
Caption Great Western Arcade, Colmore row
Everyone knows hubs of thriving independent fashion retailers are only found in London.
7: The city is just completely high-street.
Liquor Store, Great Western Arcade
Birmingham don’t do independents. You won’t find over 100 in this city.
Beth also added: “I love the independent shops that you can find in Digbeth, King’s Heath and Moseley. There really is something for everyone.”
8: Any places to visit for top-notch vintage clothing? You’ll have to look elsewhere.
Vintage event at the Custard Factory
Beautifully restored Victorian factories, alternative culture, booming vintage outlets all within the Custard Factory? Nope.
Tamara McCleary, fashion blogger and writer for Bonafide Suprnova, said: “It’s such a creative hub there are so many creative people there and cool events going on. I love the Vintage shops around Digbeth. You can also get some good stuff on the market.”
9: No fashion talent has ever come from Birmingham.
Left: Birmingham fashion designer, Jada Lynton // Right: Birmingham fashion designer Stephen Arthur
No textiles and craftsmanship emerged from here.
Birmingham fashion designer, Jada Lynton, said: “I think best thing is when people are surprised the brand is from Birmingham, it just proves not everything has it be from London.”
10: No really, no fashion talent at all.
Two of Birmingham’s emerging designers talking to retail expert in Selfridges // Holly Jayne Smith and Gemma Ramage
Upcoming and emerging designers of the future are no where to be seen.
11: An education in fashion? Definitely not.
Birmingham City University // Parkside campus
Birmingham just seems to lack in universities and colleges for fashion degrees and courses.
12: Popular fashion events? Ha, you must joking.
The Clothes Show Live
No way will you find Britain’s largest fashion and beauty festival located here.
13: There’s absolutely none at all.
Style Birmingham Live
Birmingham doesn’t specialise in hosting live high-street style events for all to enjoy.
14: Hasn’t contributed to the international fashion scene whatsoever.
Birmingham International Fashion Week
Forget diversity, there’s no breath-taking international and UK runway collections to see here.
15: Is there even such a thing as a Birmingham fashion show?
MODA runway show at the NEC
Trading exhibitions just don’t exist
16: Seriously, there isn’t any history, community spirit or jewellery retailers.
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Gorgeous accessories just aren’t a thing in this city.
17: The city isn’t even slightly colourful, full of character and various fashion outlets.
New Street, Birmingham // Flickr
Dull and un-shoppable are words that come to mind.
Alex Donald, editor of Birmingham fashion trade magazine, Novvo Magazine, said: “The best thing for me is the variety of shops, there is literally something for everyone, you have the high-end shop and then you have your cheaper shops close together which is always a bonus.”
…You got us! We’re kidding of course. If this list doesn’t make you want to visit Birmingham for fashion, we don’t know what will!
THE NEXT TIME YOU SHOP IN BIRMINGHAM, TAG US IN ANY PHOTOS YOU TAKE! AND IF YOU HAD A LITTLE CHUCKLE AT OUR QUIRKY LIST, LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
Feature image: Flickr // Ben Mortimer