Over one hundred guests from across Birmingham attended an exclusive event at the stylish new campus home to University College Birmingham; McIntyre House on Holland Street, Jewellery Quarter.
Quarter Lifestyle, an event organised annually by the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust (JQBID) showcased the talent of twenty-three local exhibitors from bespoke tailors, corsetry, vintage vendors and sculptors to bespoke bridal and designer jewellers. “The problem we have in the Jewellery Quarter is awareness”, comments Luke Crane, Manager for the JQBID. “There is so much creative talent producing high-quality products at just a stone’s throw away from the City Centre but nobody knows it is here. Even businesses in the Quarter are not aware of what is on their own doorstep.”
Among the exhibitors who featured on the night are James Newman, Becca Williams, Kate Smith and Rhiannon Lewis. Several jewellery designers who have made waves on Birmingham’s scene with their dazzling creations being on sale exclusively in at the new £35 million John Lewis department store in the recently launched Grand Central Shopping Centre. Jewellery from Fei Liu, who recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as an acclaimed jewellery designer, was also featured.
“These exhibitors are what this event is all about—showing Birmingham that the Jewellery Quarter is here at the forefront of lifestyle and fashion delivering quirkiness, innovation and creative flare.”
Guests were treated to wine and canapés served by UCB Hospitality students. The event featured a fashion show modelling clothes from John Lewis and jewellery from exhibitors and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses Lily Jones Flowers, Hard to Find Whisky, Creative Watches and In Bloom. One guest comments “It was a fantastic event, I loved meeting the designers face-to-face to discuss what they made.” Another attendee said “Before tonight I thought there was just jewellery in the Quarter, I had no idea there was so much diversity. I particularly loved the bespoke bridal dresses and corsetry and the tailored suit would be a fantastic gift for my husband!”
The JQBID would like to thank John Lewis Birmingham for dressing the models, Harris & Gibbs for hairstyling and those businesses who donated for the raffle. Special thanks to all exhibitors for their time and effort on the evening. Additional thanks to UCB and their hard-working students as well as the individual efforts of those involved in bringing this event together.
For a full list of exhibitors at the event and a breakdown of what was modelled please download the Lifestyle programme here. For photos and video please click below.