Pretty parasol – Carrer del Pi
Lately I have been seeing pink everywhere. In magazines, shops, the clothes that people wear, and it was even the colour of a pretty girl’s hair! Barcelona goes pink too, just check out these snapshots from around town…
Hot socks – Carrer Grunyí
Delicate sgraffito – Carrer Minerva
Pink chick – Carrer Ciutat de Granada
Is it me, or is pink in fashion? In any event, and whether you like pink or not, have a wonderful weekend! If you are in Barcelona, enjoy Sónar!
Sunrise – Carrer Nou de la Rambla
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.
Lulu Says :: 2
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?)
All made in Barcelona
Brand names such as Alexandre Neddermann, Borne by Elise Berger, Lubochka, Maria Roch, Name 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…
Lace for your wrist
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!
Baixada de Viladecols
In Barcelona there are some very fashionable blinds indeed. I kid you not, for if you check some of the latest street fashion shots by The Sartorialist you’ll see that this ethnic blanket motif (above) is one of the big things on the street right now.
Baixada de Viladecols :: 2
Popular online shops such as J Crew, are showing some prints and motifs in hot pinks, yellows and azure blues that could have been inspired by these two blinds (above and below). Or were these fashionable blinds inspired by fashion? We’d have to ask their creators to find out…
Carrer Joaquin Costa
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…
… 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.
If the shoe fits…
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!
Trunk full of treasures
San Pancracio bring us money!
Some time ago, just after I had posted about La Fortune, I was contacted by Rose Alves. She was selling her handmade bags at La Fortune, would I be interested in featuring her on the blog? You know I would be interested, so I quickly got in touch with Rose and an email exchange ensued to arrange a photo shoot. It took place a few weeks ago, and I am delighted to share with you today: BCN Handmade – Musa Bamba.
Rose Mari Alves
The very friendly Rose has a studio and showroom set up in her home in the Eixample Dreta district of Barcelona, where sunlight streams in the French windows on most days of the year. She had moved recently and indicated that things weren’t quite as she wanted them to be yet, although they looked just fine to me. We chatted and she explained how, using a technique called “fuxico” she makes her very pretty necklaces and handbags, which range from small, simple styles, to medium ones and much larger ones, many of which are adjustable with several snap buttons to allow them to transform into different shapes and sizes. Very clever!
Her Musa Bamba bags and jewellery are her main project, but on the side Rose also scours flea markets for cool vintage or antique clothes and shoes, which she perks up with a bit of TLC, either adding appliqués, adjusting their patterns or simply mending what needs fixing. These she sells under the brandname Musa B. But that is not all, for does more! But I think it’s time we allowed Rose to tell us in her own words… check out what she has to say after the page break, following a slideshow of images taken during our shoot.
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.
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.
Mus & Roew
I was wondering what our dear tough cookie, the modern day version of the heroines I shared with you in the past two days, would wear on their feet, so solidly planted on the ground… and stumbled on an accessories brand which is based in Barcelona: Mus & Roew. A band of young creatives have joined forces to create a collection of shoes and bags that are useful, elegant and resistant as well as colorful and fashionable.
Touch of red
Good looking, aren’t they? Just the type of comfortable shoe a modern day heroine needs to conduct her daily business, whiteout having to forsake her good looks!
Mus & Roew came up with their name whilst doing research into the history of Barcelona’s leather manufacturers, and discovered the story of a Scottish craftsman who settled here in the 19th century together with his two pet dogs, Mus and Roew. He was known to be of humble character and would generously share his knowledge, and so the trio were a welcome sight among the leather artisans in Ciutat Vella.
Today Mus & Roew shoes are a welcome sight on the feet of any discerning tough cookie (and of course also the sweeter, gentler cookies – I wouldn’t want to discriminate!) and their bags and rucksacks look great on any arm or back…
Check out the Mus & Roew website, find out where you can buy them here, and keep up to date on their Facebook page.
All images courtesy of Mus & Roew.
(re) Introducing Ada Blackjack!
Today we are revisiting Ada Blackjack, the brand that was created last year by Ivonne Schippers (remember her?) from her home in Barcelona. Since last year, Ivonne has been hard at work, and created additional leather goods, as well as revamped the branding and set up a new website.
Cotton canvas tote
Sand and tan tote
What hasn’t changed for Ada Blackjack though, and that is the inspiration for both the name, style and philosophy behind this collection of gorgeous goods: a resilient Inuit woman who, thanks to her endurance and bravery, was the sole survivor of an expedition on the uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia.
And just as enduring, resilient and tough (as well as beautiful) is the current collection of totes, rucksacks and leather goods (glasses cases and card holders) that Ivonne has created for Ada Blackjack, by hand, one by one, from her home, using natural materials and quality craftsmanship.
Leather glasses case
Beige and navy tote
Wonderful, aren’t they? Check out the (brand new) Ada Blackjack website for more details and styles, shop until you drop here, and keep up to date on the Ada Blackjack Facebook page. Don’t forget to check out the blog too, for it contains gorgeous, inspirational images and illustrations which are a true reflection of the brand’s philosophy. Ah, it’s wonderful to see such a solid and coherent project moving on to become even better!
New logo and brand
All photos by Ivonne Schippers for Ada Blackjack; graphics and illustration by Tobias van Schneider en Verena Michelitsch.
Blocks of blue – Carrer Almogàvers
It’s so big in fashion right now – I wonder if the fashion world got its inspiration from all the blue tones that can be found around Barcelona?
Boxed blues – Caixa Forum
Blue everywhere – Carrer Badajoz
And there’s more!
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).
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…