If you live in Barcelona never minding the calendar, then for at least another three months you may blissfully dwell in uncompromised confidence that it is still summer time. The living is easy and it is time to go shopping for that perfect style of garments for your unrushed walks in the parks and your elegant promenades along the embankments
Not so much a clothing store but more of a jewel-box, really. The unique selection helps a young lady stand out in the crowd without making a fool of herself. The shop’s owner Elena, a print artist, has a remarkable sense of style. And as you might have guessed she is also the proprietor of Ada brand that is so famous in Barcelona. Meanwhile, other brands also can be found here. Look at that dress from the latest Delia collection! It just begs to be taken to the fitting room! Plain cut and laconic contrast of azure and white make it quite simply irresistible. Another Elena’s favourite is Minkpink, an Australian brand the creators of which draw inspiration from vintage and street fashion. They are also not indifferent to prints: the edge of one of the dresses is joyfully equipped with frisky zebras and tigers. The brand Béhulah deserves special attention for its admirable ability to combine minimalism of form with abundance of colour. Once you’ve chosen your wardrobe, why not accentuate it even further with elegant bijouterie from P D PAOLA? Smooth oblique contour of the ring Siena will highlight the elegance of your fingers while the silver Safari stem-earrings will add extra charm whether you are wearing a chaste business suit or an elegant black cocktail dress. And by the way, being unique and trendy here is also effortlessly inexpensive. Your average item price in Ada is 50 euros. Bear in mind, though, if you like something, buy it now as the collection is renewed on a weekly basis.
Where: Travessera de Gràcia, 108, m. Fontana / adabarcelona.com
Although this project was developed in virtual space, modern technologies here are treated with polite scepticism. Almost all of Medwinds garments are conceived and produced in a traditional manner in small workshops scattered throughout Southern Europe. From the very first glance it becomes apparent that these garments were created to make your life at the seaside even more enjoyable. Indeed, a lemon Sovalye dress could be very appropriately worn in Nice while the sky-blue Kucuk blouse featuring fluttering seagulls would look very natural in Istanbul. By the way, all models are named after various Mediterranean towns and cities, as the Sea was the main source of inspiration for the brand’s creators. They managed to depart from blue stripes, sea shells and other marine conventionalities having come up with a series of rather unusual prints featuring outstanding lobsters, mermaids, octopi and even pikes. And, of course, quality and uniqueness come at a price. Be prepared to spend from Euro 100 to 150 per item here. Part of the money you spend in the store goes to Mare Nostrum Foundation whose task is to sustain the beauty and purity of the Mediterranean.
Where: Elisabets, 7, m. Catalunya / medwinds.com
The main contents of the shelves here are shoes handcrafted at an ancient factory in Rioja. Despite expectations the price of these very attractive items made of natural cotton and leather is quite affordable, up to Euro 70 for a pair. Maians admirers are that army of brave men and lightsome women who while choosing a pair of shoes for the summer are not afraid to deviate from the path of classicism. Take these red and blue Iness Rejilla tankette open front tankette sandals, for instance. You can wear them confidently both in the office and at a cocktail reception. Another interesting find are these gents shoes from Sisto Lona: drops of blue and yellow paint on them are certain to convey a flare of enigma to their owner. Could he be an urban philosopher who has never noticed a decorator at the scaffolding above or could it be that he is a famous artist who popped out from his Born workshop for a baguette and some coffee? By the way, this area inspires designer Alfonso de la Fuente just as much as the larger and more bustling Barceloneta when it was still a small quiet island and was called Maians, hence the name of this outstanding brand.
Where: Princessa, 49, m. Jaume I / maians.es
Horabruja translates from Spanish as ‘magic time’. Sylvia Manzana, the store’s owner and the author of a book under the same name is convinced there is always space for magic in our life and clothing is one of its most immediate manifestations. And this is exactly why the approach to things materialized in her realm is special, even writings on the walls in her shop prompt a gentle caress and a loving verbal approval! Moreover, neglect of tactile contact here is strictly prohibited, although in any case, passing by a Grace Kelly style flowery bell-shaped skirt or an elegant black jumpsuit without touching them is quite simply impossible! Contrast, eclecticism, exquisite femininity, these are the innate features of the brand that are manifested in horabruja accessories too. Be sure not to miss filigree pendants made of natural tree leafs. They are not merely decorative but can also serve as a talisman. Oak will assure your wellbeing and affluence, birch draws inspiration and facilitates renewal. In Horabruja you can learn more about the miraculous properties of pendants or get style advice right in the store. Experienced image wizards will be delighted to help you and find that garment that suits you perfectly. The prices range from 40 to 100 euros.
Where: Plaça de Gal•la Placídia, 10, fgc Gràcia / horabruja.ws