Made in Madrid, by hand


MADRID – Living in Europe, I am often reminded that I have a recurring dummy from my high school French teacher, Madame Morris, who argued that the Europeans – at least the ones they knew in the 20th century – would invest in high quality garments than full-cost clothes.

While Zara, H&M and other fast-track brands now offer many opportunities to get away from the Cashmere path, at least, in Spain, shoppers can expect to find locally produced goods and goods that are reasonable. affordable compared to international brands. And when they can't get what they like, they get it.

Perhaps there are more than many European metropolises there, and the traditional handicraft is still at Madrid. People still do things in the city – from customized jewelry and handmade silver to many types of basket and brooms. Outside of the smaller shirts, costumes and shoes, shoppers can get umbrellas, hats, guitars, fans, leather goods, ceramics, glassware, carpets, furniture, combs and brushes – almost every one from the outset.

For visitors with itch to shop, the experience can be very happy. As interior designer – and global shopkeeper – Michael Smith He found out: “When you dive into Madrid handmade or custom there is almost much to consider,” he said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “How do you want to break it down – by neighborhood? By street? By category? ”

From 2014, Marcos SeseñaThe brand is being revived, representing the fourth generation to run the family business, making a capsule collection with well-known designers and taking capes down on the runway at Madrid Fashion Week, suddenly doing so. belong to younger generations madrileños. “Our essence hasn't changed,” he said. “But we've introduced new designs, new fabrics and more contemporary data. Strange, it was time. ”

Barrio de Las Letras is a live activity now, where you will find custom leather gloves for about € 60 at Santacana and scarves, robes and kimonos, handmade handmade by Lola Fonseca. Lola's son Claudio Mendez translates customers' inspiration – nothing from it Greek statue of a shark underwater video – until flowing masterpieces gossamer (about 500 euros). There are even craft pastry at Motteau for post-shopping treatment.

The arts are another area in which the Spanish expect quality and no one blends the concepts of “art” and “table” like Iloema, looking forward to reviving the traditions of Spanish embroidery meaning. Contemporary artists and designers like Antonio Ballester Moreno and Elena Rohner with local embroidery groups in different regions of Spain, Iloema promotes “creative contact or creative dialogue between artist and craftsman,” said Silvia Delgado de Torres, one of its founders. “They are equal in the process and the product is better for him.”

Finally, Spain is the traditional approach to traditional craft at the tapestry workshops and royal glass, t among the small number of European royal workshops in the 21st century. While the carpeted tapestry workshop can produce hand-made carpets for a palace throne room or a full cycle of Goya's debt scenic tapestries, they collaborate with scaled contemporary artists for more modest houses.

And although it was founded in the mid 18th century, the royal workshop creates a series of high-colored colored glasses inspired by a Hollywood film in the 1940s that gives it the perfect vessel for anything served “on the rocks.” T


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