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Teranyina – where warp and weft meet

13 Jun
Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Black and white beauties

Ever wondered where warp and weft meet in Barcelona? I have the answer for you: it is at Teranyina, on Carrer Notariat 10.

In a wonderful space that combines workshop and sale areas, Teranyina have been teaching and selling all about textile weave and felting for 25 years, and I hope they will continue to do so for much longer.

Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Warp wonders

Weaving is not all that is done at Teranyina though, for felting and a technique called nuno are also taught and put into practice here.

Classes are taught upstairs by the lovely Teresa Rosa Aguayo, while downstairs production is underway. Scarves, tapestries, felt items… you name it, at Teranyina they are able to make it from weft and warp and some woollen, cotton, silk or linen threads, with patience and many trips of the shuttles from one side of the loom to the other.

Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Woven portraits

The resulting marvels are available for sale, and some are exhibited on the walls of the shop area in pretty frames. How delightful are these woven portraits?!

Naturally, inspirational material is also made available, both to shop customers and workshop pupils. Teranyina is a wonderful living homage to age old techniques and craft traditions, and Barcelona is all the richer for it.

Barcelona textile weaving and felting Teranyina

Inspirational materials

You can find Teranyina on Carrer Notariat 10. Opening hours are: 11am – 3pm + 5pm – 8pm.


Barcelona Reykjavik

1 May
Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Cute counter

During the warmer months (hopefully here soon!) I often awake to the delicious yeasty smell of bread being baked, and the ‘culprit’ is the organic bakery behind my home: Barcelona Reykjavik.

Established quite a few years ago, Barcelona Reykjavik has been at the forefront in Barcelona of a return to producing bread (and delicious pastries) which is made the traditional way: by hand, using purely natural and organic ingredients and baked in the old fashioned way. No wonder it smells and tastes so good!

Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Jams and jellies

Barcelona Reykjavik spoils us daily with delicious and wholesome breads as well as sweet and savory pastries which are all baked on site, in the space behind the shop, a glimpse of which can be seen through the window behind the pastry counter.

Additionally, you can find eggs, fruit juices and milk at Barcelona Reykjavik. All organic of course!  But the stars here are the delicious breads and to die for pastries, and more often than not, you’ll find trays or bowls on the counter with little tasty bits you can try, and which will no doubt tempt you to buy more than you had intended!

Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Counter view

Looks good, doesn’t it?

There are three outlets around Barcelona, in Born, Gràcia and Raval (which is the shop I am showing you) so make sure to pop in if you’re in town. Barcelona Reykjavik is open every day of the week from 10.30 am. For more info, check their website and their Facebook page.

Buying bread at Barcelona Reykjavik

Carrer Doctor Dou 12

Carolina Blue

11 Apr
Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Doctor Dou 11

There is a new arrival to my neighborhood: Carolina Blue. Located on Carrer Doctor Dou 11, it is a lovely shop run by mother and daughter team Carolina and Maria Luisa.

Experienced decorators of haberdasheries, to which they introduced new styles and a retro vintage vibe some time ago, it was only a matter of time before the project to set up a shop became a reality, and so now we have Carolina Blue.

Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Vintage touches

At Carolina Blue you’ll find furniture (both recycled and newly made) and a delightful range of deco objects (ranging from gorgeous mirrors, wooden crates to wire baskets among other wonderful finds), as well as ribbons and yarn for your crafty projects or beautiful ceramic table ware.

Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Handy bags from Peru

At Carolina Blue you will also be able to find regular photography or art exhibits, as well as commission decoration projects by the lovely Carolina or Maria Luisa.

Opening today Carolina Blue Barcelona

Going natural

This evening from 6pm Carolina Blue celebrates its opening, and I have it on good authority, that it will be a party to remember! If you can’t make it don’t worry, you can stop by any time from 11 am – 8.30 pm (Mondays thru Saturdays). If it’s information and updates you are after, you can either go to their website or to the Carolina Blue Facebook page. Happy decorating!


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!

Spring at your feet

26 Mar
Barcelona Cute Suite presents: EVA vs MARIA SS 2013 collection

Sexy red

From yesterday’s oriental setting, I am taking you to a sub-tropical one today, to show you Spring at your feet! A few of the shoes from the new SS 2013 collection by EVA vs MARIA (whom you might remember from last year’s post?).

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: EVA vs MARIA SS 2013 collection

Nude now

Colourful and sexy, these are hand-crafted leather shoes with an attitude! But that is no surprise, for EVA vs MARIA designs combine both the feminine and delicate as well as the resilient and tough qualities women all have.

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: EVA vs MARIA SS 2013 collection

Wanna wedge?

I love that they are handmade from beautiful leather and have openings at the toes and/or sides, to keep my feet fresh when the weather gets hotter, and already have my green eyes on a pair! What about you? Are there any of these EVA vs MARIA shoes that tickle your fancy?

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: EVA vs MARIA SS 2013 collection

Peep say your toes!

Lovely, aren’t they? It’s pure Spring at your feet! These are just a few shoes from the collection, so make sure to check out the EVA vs MARIA website, as well as the online shop. And to keep up to date on all that’s new with these gorgeous shoes, check out EVA vs MARIA’s Facebook page. You can now also follow them on Instagram.

Barcelona Cute Suite presents: EVA vs MARIA SS 2013 collection

Well heeled

All images: EVA vs MARIA

Tea temple

25 Mar


Happy Monday! I recently stumbled on the most beautiful tea shop I have ever come across: Tealosophy, on Carrer Bonavista 3. A veritable tea temple, it exudes a sultry, enchanting atmosphere, one that plays with your senses and mesmerizes you straight away. It reminded me of the delightful temples in Hong Kong, where I lived for four years, and which I loved to visit every now and then, in order to seek some peace and soothe my soul.


Tealosophy was created by Inés Berton, a renowned “nose” who creates all the exquisite blends herself – and they are mind-blowing, trust me! – both for her shops (in Buenos Aires and Barcelona) as well as for private clients, among whom we can find the Dalai Lama himself! The ingredients are sourced from producers in Asia who, as tea growers must, are in tune with the seasons and have the utmost respect for the earth on which their prized leaves and blossoms grow.


In the beautiful shop that is Tealosphy, you can find these wonderful blends as well as assorted tea wares (pots, strainers, etc.), tea books, music and beautiful silk sachets filled with herbal blends to soothe your eyes when needed. So if wish to refresh your senses, calm your spirit, or just create a delightful moment, all you need is a few strands of delicious Tealosophy tea and some hot water…


For those of you who wish to worship at the tea temple, but who are unable to visit either of the Tealosophy shops or boutiques that sell their sensational blends, you can buy them online from the Tealosophy Market. You can find more information on the Tealosophy website and keep up with the latest news on the Tealosophy Facebook page. Enjoy your cuppa! And your week, of course! :)


21 Mar
Barcelona Cute Suite Barcelonashopping Magnesia


On a rather bland, chamfered corner, at the top end of Gràcia, a delightful surprise lies in store for those who enter Magnesia. For this surprisingly bright shop, with its triangular floor plan and stunning floor tiles, converts this unobtrusive spot into a haven of all things (well) illustrated.

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Beautiful illustrations are everywhere you look in Magnesia, applied to paper, embellishing tea towels, coasters, note books, pretty trays…

Barcelona Cute Suite Barcelonashopping Magnesia

Well-rounded collection

Magnesia also offers a very lovely range of ceramics which tell stories thanks to the illustrations that have been transferred onto them.

Big fans of Letterpress and Hammerpress, it is no surprise that at Magnesia you can find many items printed with this artisanal technique, ranging from charming cards to nifty calendars and pretty paper doll packs.

Barcelona Cute Suite Barcelonashopping Magnesia


Magnesia also boasts a textile corner where you can find bolts of fabric (mostly from Japan and the US – some of which were designed by Lisa Congdon), cushions, and pretty handmade handbags with delightful vintage fabrics.

Local illustration artists but also many from abroad are represented at Magnesia, displayed with great taste in a space that feels uncluttered, despite having a great deal to offer.

Barcelona Cute Suite Barcelonashopping Magnesia

Illustrated ceramics

There is so much to be discovered at Magnesia! Tea towels, placemats, jewelry (not shown), puzzles, cards, posters, plates, bowls, funky totes (you know that you need another to add to your collection, right?) and pretty handbags.

You can find Magnesia on Carrer Torrent de l’Olla 192 (at the top end of Gràcia, just opposite to Lukumas). It opens Mon-Fri: 10.30-14.00 + 16.30-20.00 and Sat: 10.00-14.00. For more info and updates check out their blog and Facebook page, and feel free to follow them on Pinterest and Twitter.

Barcelona Cute Suite Barcelonashopping Magnesia

Carrer Torrent de l’Olla 192

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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