Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch of an exciting new initiative in Birmingham’s Mailbox, writes our fashion and shopping blogger Emma Iannarilli.
The Handmade Boutique combines the work of a group of talented artisans under the roof of a very pretty pop-up shop created in the old Crabtree and Evelyn store. It offers a wide range of handmade goods, from cute ragdolls to delicious chocolate, and promises a unique shopping experience.
The Handmade Boutique is the brainchild of Tracie Bedwood, boss of the Adage Modelling agency, but also a very talented candle maker. Through time spent at craft fairs, Tracie had met an array of talented craftsmen and artisans and came up with the idea of creating a more permanent environment for the range of fascinating and unique products they created, and thus The Handmade Boutique was born.
Now, for anyone who thinks that craft means bits of crochet, knitting and those strange dolls in dresses that used to cover toilet rolls, prepare to be seriously impressed. The Handmade Boutique is just full of wonderful items that range from the exquisite to the cute and quirky.
There are beautiful, handmade scented candles housed in vintage china from Serendipity Candles. Weave and Stitch designer Rachael Marcus has created the most amazing, totally original bags and purses from paper that really need to be seen to be believed. (Trust me, they are fabulous). And there are so many other treats from handmade soaps and bath products, beautiful pieces of jewellery, textiles and handmade brooches and hair pins, and of course, the aforementioned delicious chocolate.
I think the Handmade Boutique is a fantastic idea, a real treat for Birmingham shoppers, cleverly opening in time for style Birmingham this weekend. And with prices that start at just £2, there is an affordable treat for all shoppers.
Make sure you pay it a visit.