First coined in 1838 by future prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, “Workshop of the World” was initially a term referencing Britain’s manufacturing and industrial capacity. However, it was Britain’s second largest city Birmingham that duly took on this moniker. Unlike other major mercantile cities, Birmingham’s industrial configuration featured thousands of small workshops. The demise of the country’s industrial practices are well-documented, but Birmingham remains a citadel for family-owned leather goods and jewellery workshops.
Run by two brothers, Richard and Jonathan, their eponymous firm TYLER & TYLER represents Birmingham’s true design heritage. Coming from the stable of a British family-controlled manufacturing company that has been making high-end men’s fashion accessories since 1969, TYLER & TYLER is a modified incarnation of sorts that continues to champion British design.