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Best of Brum

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Best of Brum

There's been a lot of change this year, especially with the move to our new studio at 212 Space. It's turned out to be a fantastic development for Provide, and being a little off the beaten track has actually made collaboration and production much more fruitful. Although permanent high street retail isn't for us right now, there is still definitely a time and a place for Provide to have a more accessible presence, and today we launched just such a project. Best of Brum is a 2 month pop up concept in the Great Western Arcade, in which we have brought together...

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An Update!

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The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, so it's time to let you all know what's happening here! Firstly, thanks for all your support over the course of the moving sale; we cleared out just about everything we needed to shift, which made packing up a lot easier, and it was great to catch up with so many of you who came down in person to pick up some bargains and wish us well.For those who missed the earlier post, August 31st marked a break in our lease at the Custard Factory, and I decided it...

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We're on the move!

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PROVIDE in 2012. Image: Claire HartleyWhen PROVIDE first opened almost three years ago, we barely had enough stock to fill our tiny shop. For the first few months it felt like a bit of a scramble to get hold of enough stuff to make the space interesting, but as we found our feet and got to know you all, we brought in more and more beautiful and inspiring products to share with an ever-expanding customer base.This awkwardly-shaped little unit soon felt like home, as many of you who have whiled away the hours on our wheelie-crate-seats will agree. However, over the last few months it's...

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Why I love Birmingham

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A less than successful moving day in 2012. Two years ago today I crammed my belongings into a car and headed 'North' to Birmingham. The car broke down just outside Coventry and I had to hide from the rain inside a Burger King until my gracious hosts, who had agreed to house me until I found my own place, turned up to help me complete the last leg of the journey. Since then, countless people have asked me what prompted the move to Birmingham, and while the answers I give are always true, they are often varied and incomplete. So, two...

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Secret Walls x Birmingham

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Secret Walls is a live illustration battle series that takes place in various cities around the world. Two competing artists are given 90 minutes and can only use black markers on white walls - no sketches, no pencils.  We're really pleased to be supporting Secret Walls x Birmingham this year, and the overall winner will take home £100 of PROVIDE clothing. The battles take place over the next seven weeks at Boxxed, just a few minutes away from our shop. Information about tonights inaugural battle can be found on Facebook. Hope to see you there!   

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