Tag Archives: Clothes

New arrival in Barri Gòtic

17 Apr

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: [eli urpi] shop

Carrer Montsió 11

Remember [eli urpí]? That sweet designer who makes pretty hats and recently launched a clothes range? Well, she is on a roll, and has opened s hop, which is a new arrival in Barri Gòtic!

Tucked into one of the narrow pedestrian streets in this part of Barcelona, [eli urpí] now works from a corner location on Carrer Montsió 11, which is both her atelier and shop.

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: [eli urpi] shop

Fluffs, bows, flowers and more

Reflecting the style of both the hat and clothes collections, stepping inside the [eli urpí] shop is like traveling back in time to an era when dressing implied elegance and femininity.

On weekdays and Saturdays you will be able to find Elisabet at work on a new handmade hat or head piece, or adding the finishing touches to one of her garments while seated at her vintage table.

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: [eli urpi] shop

Atelier + shop in one

Be sure to pop in and admire her handiwork first-hand if you’re in town, and by all means give in to your sudden urge to buy that pretty hat, or dress or necklace… If you are not able to visit in person, you can buy pieces from the [eli urpí] collections from the online shop.

For news and updates, refer to the [eli urpí] blog and Facebook page. Happy shopping!


9 Apr
Barcelona Cute Suite goes shopping at Ivori

Ivori – Carrer Mirallers 7

Last week I finally went to Ivori, a small but very lovely, ivory-coloured (hence the name) corner shop that I had been hearing and reading about a great deal.

And rightfully so, it turns out. For Ivori is a shop that sells clothes, shoes, handbags and jewelry as well as other accessories that have been made in Barcelona. (You know by now that I am more than just fond of local goods, right?)

Barcelona Cute Suite goes shopping at Ivori

All made in Barcelona

Brand names such as Alexandre Neddermann, Borne by Elise Berger, Lubochka, Maria RochName and Mus & Roew have been carefully curated by the friendly owner Carola Alexandre (who is half of Alexandre Neddermann by the way), and take centre stage in her charming shop (check out its 19th century ceiling!). You might recall the two last brand names from posts I did earlier, here and here

Beautiful items (many handmade!) at reasonable prices in an array of colours and materials that seduce and enchant – that is what I found at Ivori. What more can a girl ask for?

You can find Ivori on Carrer Mirallers 7. It opens from Monday – Saturday from 11am until 8.30pm. For those of you who are unable to pop round for a visit, you can take a peek (and buy) in the Etsy shop. And if it is updates and the latest news you want, then check out the Ivori Facebook page. Happy shopping!

Barcelona Cute Suite goes shopping at Ivori

Pretty pretty!

Colmado – beauty in abundance

28 Feb

Colmado = abundant

Serendipity took me there, to Carrer Brosoli 5 in El Born. To Colmado, a lovely corner shop that sells exquisite clothes and accessories, both to enhance your appearance, as well as your home. Colmado – beauty in abundance. The beautiful lettering on its windows caught my eye…


Delightful display

… and then I spotted the simply goooorgeous display units on their wall, made from wooden clothes hangers, and it was love. Pure love. As pure as the silk and other natural fibers that the clothes at Colmado are made of.

As enchanting as Colmado‘s accessories, as wonder-inducing as their stackable plates + bowls sets that, when stacked, magically convert to Asian style urns. As warm and welcoming as the friendly shop-owner, who also makes pretty jewelry which is displayed on the tables in the window, as well as simply cut garments hanging along the wall…


View from the back

It was love at first sight, and I am hoping for a looong and satisfying relationship to ensue. Colmado was opened just a few weeks ago, on a spot that had been in disuse for many years. They deserve to be successful, for they have chosen their selection well, based on quality, excellent workmanship and good taste. Check out the Colmado blog for information about the brands they sell and the philosophy behind them, and their Facebook page for updates and news. You can also follow them on Instagram, and of course just pop into the shop if you’re in Barcelona!

Petal power – [eliurpí]’s new collections

26 Feb
Eli Urpi SS13 collection

Petal power

You may remember Eli Urpí from my visit last year to her home, where she makes incredibly beautiful hats and headdresses… Well this young designer has created a new collection of hats for this Spring/Summer season and added a small collection of clothes to go with them! Please allow me to present: *drumroll* Petal power – [eliurpí]’s new collections!

The head pieces that [eliurpí] creates continue to be handcrafted in her home studio, while the garments are made in small ateliers in the Barcelona metropolitan area.

Eli Urpi SS13 collection

It’s a flower thing

Both collections have a profusion of floral elements in common, resulting in a range of clothes and head pieces which complement each other perfectly and create a charming, delicate and romantic style that is so characteristic of [eliurpí].


Be sure to check out the [eliurpí] website for a full overview of the collections and the Facebook page for the latest news from this sweet designer. You’ll find a list of stockiest on the website, but if you are abroad (as many of you, dear readers, are) then you can shop for these delightful items in the online boutique. Happy shopping! It’s pretty chilly right now, but before you know it, Spring will be here and you’ll want to work your petal power!

Photos by N.Umpiérrez for Eli Urpí.

For the City

5 Feb

FTC Barcelona and I arrived to our street at roughly the same time, and I have seen it grow, settle and become a haven for skaters, offering great boards, accessories and cut & sewn for the city.

With clothes and shoes for guys and gals, and boards with gorgeous art work, this friendly shop is the place to go for lovers of the skateboard lifestyle.

Not (yet?) a skater myself, I am happy to delight in the wonderful art work on the boards, such as these homages to jazz, San Francisco (where the brand was born in 1986) and other funky themes.

But for those who are among the skaters who live in Barcelona, or who visit from all over the world, FTC Barcelona is the place to get your tees, totes and shoes, as well as your boards and accessories.

Quality products at more than reasonable prices, and the friendly Julio to help you make the right choice according to your needs, are what make FTC Barcelona a shop that is thriving. Quite a feat in these difficult times!

So ride on over to Carrer Notariat 5 (just around the corner from the MACBA) and get kitted out so you can fly, jump, and twirl (or simply ride) with the best of ’em!

FTC Barcelona is open from Mon-Sat: 11am-2pm and 3.30pm-8.30pm. For more news and info, check the FTC Barcelona website here and their Facebook page here.

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Escala Cordial

13 Dec Escala Cordial (1)
Escala Cordial

Smile for the camera

Do you like t-shirts? The kind with cool prints on them? If you do, you might like the t-shirts made by Escala Cordial.

Escala Cordial (3)

Constructive tee

Based in Barcelona, Escala Cordial has just been launched, and their website has just gone live a few days ago, so this is somewhat of an exclusive for you all. And you know what? You can win one! Read on and you’ll find out how…

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BCN Handmade – Oscar H. Grand

28 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
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Oscar H. Grand

Today, I am very happy to introduce to you Oscar H. Grand, a charming guy and an excellent tailor who operates out of the shop he has in the Born, on Carrer Barra de Ferro 7.

I met him through a mutual friend, and often run into him on the street, and one day asked him if he would like to be featured in the BCN Handmade section of my blog. To my delight, he said yes, and so last week I visited him at the shop, and in between client enquiries and fittings, shot the images I share with you today.

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In progress

Oscar works in a completely artisanal way, where each item of clothing he sells in the shop, be it bespoke or ready-made, is made by hand. It starts with the patterns, followed by the cutting of the fabrics, interlinings, etc. and finally the pieces are assembled by hand to form the creations  he has on display, or which his clients commission from him. Pattern making and cutting is done by Oscar himself, right there, in his shop, while the sewing is done by specialised tailors and seamstresses who work off-site.

Using high quality fabrics imported from Italy and the UK mostly (unfortunately the Spanish textile sector has all but closed down), Oscar applies his craftsmanship to the unique and timeless garments he designs and creates. True contemporary classics, which are full of charming details, and of course made to perfection for each client.

But see for yourself, in the following slideshow, and afterwards, Oscar will tell you in his own words about his work…

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Good fortune

21 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Beautiful boutique

Contemporary ladies in Barcelona have the good fortune to have this beautiful boutique on Carrer Avinyó 42 to lavish some money on themselves, and you can too, both if you are visiting or if you live abroad.

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Boutique belle

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Good fortune

This chic boutique is none other than Le Fortune. Want to check it out? Here we go! Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

11 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Palma de Sant Just 12

Indeed, what’s in a name? Well, in this case it means everything. For Name is a the equivalent of a range of clothing, designed by the lovely Irene Sabaté and Clara Aspachs, and which is designed and produced entirely in and around Barcelona.

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Showroom and studio

On Carrer Palma de Sant Just number 12 the Name showroom and studio is located, and it is there that I took the images of this post. The range includes ladies’ knits and woven items, as well as the recent addition of men’s knits (below).

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Knits and woven

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Made by Irene’s grandfather

The theme of this year’s A/W collection is ‘wood’, and as with all the Name themes, occurred spontaneously, when Irene and Clara decided to use the pegs that Irene’s grandfather had made (above) as inspiration.

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Two in One

4 Jul copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Peu de la Creu 25

In a city where, due to the current economy (among others), many shops are closing their doors and being replaced by the high street giants of our global world, it is very refreshing to see new, and different businesses open their doors. Today I have one such venture to share with you, a two in one shop, located on Carrer Peu de la Creu 25.

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Vintage and more

The two are Grey Street and Satan’s Coffee Corner. The one is the lovely shop space they have found on this leafy street not far from the MACBA. Don’t miss the slideshow (and more info) after the page break!

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