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? ”
Mr. Smith, who was partner James Costos, US ambassador to Spain 2013 to 2017, it owns "many, many pairs" customized Shoes and gowns shirts from Burgos Camsian. “He is thought to be an old guard but you will do anything,” even guayaberas, linen shirts with four pockets and two vertical tablets. And he is a collector of Lopez's money, having bought new works but fastened vintage pieces with auctions.
I had my own awakening of the ubiquity and excellence of Spanish design and craft around a dozen years ago Barrio de Las Letras, a sofa of narrow streets best known then for a growing pub or luxury goods. After I fell in love with a wallet in a shop window named Valentin del Barrio, I went in only to find out that “my” wallet came in a different color combinations. Although I bought a lot of wallets in the end – commissioning special ones as gifts and accumulating a few in my tracker tracker – I use the first one I bought, which cost 25 euro and only gets better with age. Sadly, the shop has just gone wallets are still sold by some boutiques starting at about 35 euros (just under $ 39).
Recently, one of the most respected heritage firms in the city, Seseña, succeeded in opening its Époque Belle door to sell custom capes in 1901, a tradition of respect and new trends. set.
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. ”
Men's styles now include “Port,” (€ 710) showing peacoat with epaulets and a little naval squad, as well as “Club”, a design based on the classic bomber or baseball jacket. For women, where the tradition made a discreet black or charcoal wool cap to relieve velvet lining, there is now a bright yellow waterproof Cape (€ 470) which falls on classical rain for children. Caps can be made to measure with clients who choose all types of design, data and finishing.
Instead of throwing the material out of traditional formal wear, Fernando Garcia de la Calera is off the Concrete Elegance has been adapted to the humble fabrics to rise and the traditional work clothes are cut comfortably. His specialty is custom jeans (about 250 euros), which usually require one session for measurements and subsequent trial attire a few days later. Fabric options include Japanese raw denim, among other jean materials, as well as raw linen and merino wool. Madrileños may have to wait 10 to 14 days for their fitted garments, but for clients outside the home, the consumer tries to expedite the process so that clients can wear their new custom jeans on their own. home flights.
Across the street from Concrete is the birthplace of Madrid for enchaustic stylish cement tiles – the ones created in the late 19th century to elaborate carpet look on tile floors that are easy to replicate and are now popular in simpler abstract designs. for hotels, restaurants and trendy shops as well as homes. Established by Ivan Alvarado in 2002, Mosaista it offers hundreds of tile designs and color combinations available to customers and can be collected by contemporary designers. Teresa Sapey. But clients can walk into a drawing and create their own unique patterns. Prices range from € 65 to € 90 per square meter and are usually ships in five weeks.
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