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www.westmidlander.com - Birmingham, UK. Rebranding Birmingham in the West Midlands through quality produce and prints #Westmidlander #Birmingham. Follow our blog and the launch on-line...

Dear Visitor/fellow West Midlander,

A while ago The Independent ran an article on Birmingham after the New York Magazine told… Read More
www.westmidlander.com - Birmingham, UK. Rebranding Birmingham in the West Midlands through quality produce and prints #Westmidlander #Birmingham. Follow our blog and the launch on-line...

Dear Visitor/fellow West Midlander,

A while ago The Independent ran an article on Birmingham after the New York Magazine told its readers to go to "Birmingham not London" for their travels. It got me thinking - that over the years - Birmingham has changed remarkably - and of course I mean that in a positive light. I also thought - what's the point in even comparing Birmingham to London? Birmingham has never been, and never will be London. So might as well celebrate it for what it is no?

I thought to myself "what could one do" to pay homage to the above statements? I'm not saying the article was the be all and end all, but it did kind of cement the idea: I'll run a twitter feed/blog/gallery/shop/platform/local and regional "supermarket" and eventually get some local and regional products and prints to celebrate our beloved Birmingham and other towns and cities across the West Midlands: A label/brand created using (not only) iconic images/symbols from the region. Give a bit of creativity back to the city that has given us so much already.

Hopefully also get some other locals and regionals on the westmidlander.com and turn into a little hub of Birmingham and West Midlander awesomeness. Potentially turning the West Midlander into a local "supermarket"....?

So here we are anyway. Rebranding Birmingham and the West Midlands (not Alabama) through the "West Midlander" - Instilling a bit of local and regional pride.

We decided at West Midlander (a.k.a WMer) to run the label launch as a live blog. For those of you who follow it - you get to see it sprout from the start. As opposed to us just launching without a history. But - how to create a brand synonymous with Birmingham and the West Midlands...? Or how to create a brand and link it back to Birmingham? We'll see...

We'd be keen on hearing from fellows in our twin cities as well. Chicago, Frankfurt and Leipzig (West and former East), Johannesburg, Lyon and Milan... - thewestmidlander@gmail.com

Equally - if you want to put some of your produce/prints/music/photos or anything really - up onto the westmidlander.com then just get in touch :-) - thewestmidlander@gmail.com



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Finally, we wanted to raise a bit of cash for the region's brilliant Children's Hospital. So part (not all - as one has to eat :-)) of our proceeds will be going to them. Don't worry though, if you don't like the brand or its prints - but are feeling generous anyway - you can donate from our Shop page.

Main page is our twitter feed. Tweets about Birmingham, the West Midlands, West Midlander, WMer, design, creativity, things going on, things not going on, Birmingham music, West Midlands music, Birmingham weather, Birmingham sport - how rubbish Villa are :-), Birmingham photos, ideas.... basically anything - but mostly about Birmingham and the West Midlands :-)



Merci Beaucoup/ta very much,



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