19 Oct
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Muchafibra – Carrer Carretes 13

Tucked deep into el Raval, on a street that once used to be rather drab, but these days is alive with hanging plants on every building (thanks to a certain French lady, who I will mention in a bit) you can find Muchafibra, an experimental textile and production center for fashion designers.

In a city that bursts with creativity and where designers of all kinds abound, this is a wonderful initiative, and I am delighted to be able to share it with you. Muchafibra was set up by Virginie Verrier, a lovely and very friendly French lady who has brought her charme, flair and know-how to this nook in el Raval and blown new life into it, converting it from a paint manufacturer’s workshop to the shop and fashion production workshop it is today (and re-converting the street in the process).

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Tasteful décor

Muchafibra is not just a practical and helpful place where you can rent the space and machinery to set up your own fashion collection, or learn new tricks in the many courses they offer. It is a space that is filled with Virginie’s personal,  tasteful touches, put together with vintage (and often discarded) pieces of furniture or home wares. See for yourself, and after the slideshow I’ll tell you a bit more…

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At the front of the large space is the Muchafibra shop, where you can buy the Virginie’s creations (I love this black dress with its sexy open back!) which are displayed among various vintage pieces which can be bought from a shop (Called Grima) just a couple of doors up the street.

But that is not all, Virginie has also launched Paso de Zebra, a yearly fashion event. It is held in the Summer, on the street, to showcase local design talent and allow the neighbours to delight in what is being produced on their doorstep.  In this way Muchafibra and Virginie Verrier have created a strong  community around them, which is a good thing in this part of el Raval which is very multi-cultural, for it brings people together. Not bad, right?!

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Au revoir!

Muchafibra has recently inaugurated a new look for the shop window, and is celebrating this with some drinks and nibbles this Saturday (20th October). If you’re in Barcelona, why not pop round and join in?

For more info on Muchafibra, check their website here and their Facebook page here. If you want to know more about Paso de Zebra, check out the website here, and the Facebook page here. And if you want to find out more about Virginie Verrier, then check out here blog here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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