Last Thursday I had the chance to assist to the opening to a new store with a very interesting concept. It’s name is wa’kü, and even though there is no meaning to the world on Collins English Dictionary, it concept is fresh, inclusive and very original.
Being a gallery as well as a store, the interior design is focused towards displaying all it products like a pieces of art, to learn to appreciate the fabric of the clothing, the color of the paintings & the reflection of the light in the jewelry.
From clothes from Sister Jane, with a distinctive and fun design, to pieces from Raul Del Sol‘s exhibition “Entomology”, the place is filled with a very good vibe. For the opening party, the hosts had jägermeister’s shots, the poisson for happines & music by Inma Gomes to set the mood.
I personally invite you to visit this store, they are at the Raval, the center of design and cultural movement in the heart of Barcelona at Carrer de la Lluna 2, or visit their Facebook Page and have a preview with their cool pics.
Recently I was introduced to this store and by the moment I went in, I felt in love with it. It’s a Sweden brand called “& other stories” and their modo goes something like this:
“Today, a woman with a love for fashion creates her own style. She wears things that feel right to her and reflect her personality.”
And this brand certainly have personality…
The store have a minimalist, design studio style that allows the clothing to pop up. Shapes and fabrics that are very original, every piece tells a story, a different story for the person who buys it.
Working with great designers from around the world like Swedish shoe designer Disa Treutiger, American illustrator Alyson Fox & English designer Marten Andreasson, gives it a sense that is clothing that can be worn by women from different background by with a unique fashion style. To complement, create and evolve into personality. And making a valuable & sustainable clothing is a requirement they have on all suppliers when it comes to environmental practices and working conditions for their employees.
And the variety is to die for. I have to admit the weakness that I have for shoes, even though I cannot wear all of their kind, does not mean that I don’t fall for them over and over. It is amazing the shapes and colors, and how can give a traditional and classic pair, a twist into design and originality.
If you are interested to learn about the brand, visit their website & if you would like to see some of my fave pieces, look at my pinterest board: & other stories.
I’ve been living in Barcelona, Spain for almost four years. I am originally from Venezuela and even though I visit often there has been quite some time that I’ve spent Mother’s day with mom. This year turned out to be different, she has come to visit with dad and I’ve decided to look for that special gift for her.
Browsing to find ideas
Being in the “online all the time” society, I tend to go directly to the online stores to browse. But more than that, I am a fan of social networks. Some of them are the perfect spot to browse for gift ideas! The most popular right now are the ones that are “board like”.
Pinterest is the first one in everybody’s mind because it is incredible how in one place you can type a word or a sentence of what you might look and a hundred of pictures pop up on your screen. For me is stronger than Google, since you can look for the exact page of the item, some of them have attached the price, you can see which are more popular (popular pins) and find items that never thought exists in a million years.
From Pinterest you have some derived. If your mom is more into interior design and you want to look for a unique and cool gift, Fab is your place. From furniture to jewelry you have different styles and tastes, surely you can find a great gift there. And now they have this new cool feature to design your own furniture, so you can take creativity to a next level and have your one of a kind design.
Great stores to look on
After looking what is out there on the net, I decided to go to look on the actual store. Call me old fashion, but I really enjoy the feeling of walking through the store and observing everything to find an item that pops my eye and takes me back to a memory. There is where a find a worth to give gift. One of the stores that I am currently obsess with is Zara Home. It is incredible the variety that you can find: so many collections, each one full of color and styles. Personally I feel that is the interior designer’s paradise.
Another one that I recently found is Muji. The brand, originally from Japan, have a big range of useful but well design items that are great gift for anyone. The look is very minimalist, but what I liked the most about it is the level of detail and great quality. I even got the catalog to look at home and fantasize a little of how great the furniture would look.
Last but not least, if you are more into fun & original details, Tiger is the place to go. Since the day I was introduced to it, I fell completely in love. Items full of color and inventive, they are great to create a gift basket king of present. And the best part are the prices!
With all this, I hope to help you to find the best and most thoughtful present for that special mom.