Love and peace and handmade treasures

 Hippy Market Punta Arabí IBIZA // PHOTO: Rossana Photography

There might be a few things about Ibiza you didn’t know if you haven’t been there yet. Apart from its unique atmosphere, beautiful weather and breathtaking serpentines, the place has a lot more to offer. As a matter fact, if you visit the island in the off-season, you might be able to enjoy empty and peaceful bays and beaches wrapped up in the most magical light.

But we are not done yet. Ibiza also offers a great opportunity to experience history together with shopping.  Have you heard about its famous Hippy Market? Read more

A powerful reason for philanthropy

A powerful reason for philanthropy

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Gineta Sweater, knitwear collection. / PHOTO: Julia Puig

Cristina Garrosa is about to turn her life upside down. After a few years of working as a graphic designer, this young Spanish talent has now decided to dedicate all her energies to her passion for fashion. She doesn’t have a long background in the industry but she has something that’s much more interesting than that: the will to make things right. Through the following lines Cristina tells us all about Filantropic – her recently created brand-, and reflects on the importance of contributing to the local economy. “I really wanted to create something MADE IN SPAIN,” she states.

How would you define the style and philosophy of Filantropic? What made you take a step forward and create your own brand?
I’ve always loved fashion but when the time came to choose a field of study for my degree, I thought it would be the best to give up on it in order to get more professional stability. The funny thing is that after graduating I ended up being highly disappointed with the current employment situation in Spain anyway. So this time I didn’t hesitate: Read more

A dream come true for the bohemian bride

Bride collection Summer 2015 // PHOTO: Mimetik Bcn

We met Mireia Solsona, founder of MIMÈTIK Bcn. The brand’s romantic bride collections and its original convertible party dresses make the delights of those women who not only aim for the perfect look but also value a fair production process and a timeless design.

What can you tell us about the beginnings of the brand?
The beginnings go back to 2007, when I was still finishing my architecture studies. Some years ago I had already had the opportunity to travel to India, Greece and Thailand, and every time my attention was lead to the same thing: the traditional garments women were wearing in these countries. Those dresses had the interesting characteristic of being convertible – thus, they could suit both skinny and pregnant women. The size didn’t change. I immediately thought that this was exactly the opposite of what was happening within the fashion industry in the Occidental World, where we are offered a lot of different sizes that make it difficult for us to use the same items from one season to the next the moment your body changes a bit.

And how can you adapt the same dress to different body sizes?
The key is to work with geometrical patterns, with no concrete shape. Plus, each of us women brings out her own femininity in a different way. That’s the reason why it is important that one dress can become many others. I wanted us to have a chance to explore our own creativity – and, at the same time, fight the fast fashion industry.

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Can we be Wood Friends?

Can we be Wood Friends?

Yes, I know what you are thinking…It is about time to make a long stop in Spain (my beloved homeland!). We share the same opinion, so this last post before our Christmas holidays will be dedicated to a blooming brand based in Valencia, on the warm Mediterranean seacoast.

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Glasses frames made out of wood. // PHOTO: Wood Friends

 While studying at the university, Roberto Martínez, who had been long fascinated by sunglasses, was required to write an essay on brand creation and design for one of his courses. However, his ideas jumped fast from the paper to the street. The project he presented had so much potential that his professor encouraged him to look for an investment in order to breathe life into it. The truth is that it didn’t take him long to find a perfect match for a partnership: a local eyewear shop called Óptica Ferrer.

That’s how Wood Friends began its journey in the late Summer of 2013. The original approach of the brand consists of producing handmade glasses whose frames have been made out of recycled beech wood that comes in chipboards all the way from Finland.

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Glasses 100% made to personal specifications. // PHOTO: Wood Friends.

 Some of the first steps of the delicate production process have to do with the cutting and bending of the wood itself. A  work carefully developed inside the walls of the optical shop’s atelier, whose origins go back to 1957. The great experience accumulated over all these years by this family business plays a crucial role to help overcome all the difficulties originated from the use of such an unusual material in the glasses industry. Read more