Steel and Jelly: Contemporary and Traditional Menswear in Grand Central


With their new store just opened in Grand Central, we're keen to find out about the people behind Steel and Jelly.

Who's behind Steel and Jelly?

Established in 2004, the brand name embraces the contrasting industrious (Steel) and benevolent (Jelly) approaches that father and son took when first starting the business. Their 40 years’ experience in the ever evolving fashion industry has led to the formation of the Steel & Jelly brand.

What made you want to open in Grand Central?

“In line with our recent program of expansion, we are very excited to be opening our new flagship store in Birmingham’s Grand Central Station. This major new transport & retail hub in the heart of the region is the perfect location to meet the growing demand for, and increasing interest in the brand. As well as welcoming those local to the region, we’ll be able to reach new customers from all over the country who will be travelling through the new station.”

What would you want a new customer to experience when they enter the store?

With a team of dedicated and skilled retail staff, the store will differentiate itself by offering a personal shopping style experience on the high street.

What makes your menswear business unique?

Our philosophy centres on scrupulous attention to detail. We are passionate about embracing innovative British design by creating a hybrid of the contemporary and the traditional.  Every item is made with the modern-day gentleman in mind by threading the past through to the present with masculine shapes and styles.

What inspires the designs?

We are very much inspired by British design & scrupulous attention to detail. Our collection features all the essentials in a modern-day gentleman’s wardrobe from formal tailoring to soft casuals and premium accessories to finish the look. Each piece carries an element of surprise from a patterned trim inside a collar, to a contrasting button thread reflecting our ethos “Because detail matters.”

What are you working on for your next collection?

Top secret! We are however continuously expanding our product range…

By Rickie J, founder of Birmingham Favourites and a woman who doesn't think eight (very full) wardrobes is excessive.

@BrumFaves @RickieWrites


7 places for laptop time in Birmingham recently asked me to compile a list of my favourites spots for working in central Birmingham:

Urban Coffee Co (Church St)

Good coffee in the heart of the business district.

Coffee Lounge (the one on Newhall St)

A vast menu in a scrumptious setting.

The Birmingham Rep Café

A pick-a-mix of old theatre seats with a view. Usually opens from 12.


Bottomless coffee (or tea) and legendary breakfasts.

Urban Coffee Co (Jewellery Quarter)

A big space to work right in JQ’s creative community plus breakfast or lunch to keep you going.

Boston Tea Party (Corporation St)

Baked beans on toast for breakfast or lunch.

The Studio (Cannon St)

Space to think, meet and get things done. Call/tweet to check availability as on occasional days, this meeting venue opens its quiet atrium bar to the public. £5 for all drinks and if you're lucky, snacks.

All have WiFi and large cups of coffee. Obviously.

By Birmingham Favourites founder & editor Rickie J. Contact: @BrumFaves or @RickieWrites

Business news: Dorothy's Vintage

Here at Birmingham Favourites, we love to highlight business stories from home based businesses – the ones we rarely here about in the media!

So it was great to hear from Emma Morley, who has just launched a business with her mother Jayne. They’re both fans of vintage (or shabby chic) china and having amassed a fine collection, decided to turn their interest into a business.

Inspired by Jayne's own vintage wedding in 2013, Dorothy’s Vintage specialises in the hire of ‘beautiful vintage china as well as providing afternoon tea services for all type of events’. Mum and daughter can't wait to share their ‘wonderful collection with the world!'

What’s different is that these two vintage fans invite potential customers to their 60s garden summerhouse, named Sheila, to get a feel for the service. Here they experience the afternoon tea while discussing what they want for their event and their budget. Customers go away knowing Dorothy's Vintage have built them ‘a truly bespoke service' for their special event.

While Emma takes care of the social media and marketing, her mum cannot help but find amazing china to add to the collection!

To find out more about Dorothy’s Vintage, named after Emma’s grandmother, take a look at the website or follow @dorothysvintage.  Contact on

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