Walking through Barcelona you will notice many “artisano” places such as shops, bakeries, confectioneries. Do we, non-locals, actually know what Catalan style means? Although, having spent only 4 years in Barcelona does not make me an expert I will attempt to share my point of view on what “living artisano” in Barcelona entails. An eloquent example of artisano style is BoB Barcelona Atelier, designers and manufacturers of handmade urban chic bags and accessories. They’ve been on the Catalan and international markets for 15 years. A BoB woman is elegant, stylish and respects the society she lives in. Last Thursday BoB organised an exclusive Fall sales event and I was happy to be invited. BoB studio on Milà i Fontanals street in Eixample is a cosy and comfortable space with great ambiance. It enjoys nice views of Barcelona rooftops that remind me of St.Petersburg. There I met the team that creates, designs and produces these chic bags for all occasions. I really liked the fact that all items are made of genuine leather and are produced in Catalunya. Enrique is in charge of design process from color to texture and Ramon handles marketing, management and logistics. And Jackie … It is really great to see a team where everyone complements each other’s talents so well. The Fall collection was full of attractive and juicy colors, atypical and comfortable forms, and quality fabrics. Red, blue, beige, brown, clutches, envelopes, shopping bags made of shiny, mat or fluffy leather. Ramon y Enrique do not operate as a typical fast fashion brand. Tremendous effort is put into each and every design. It is easy to see the inspiration making each item truly artisano. The creators can tell a story about each bag, how it was inspire and this is what makes these types of boutiques such a unique and personal experience.
If you really like a particular design or have one in mind, BoB can make one to order exclusively for you and at a reasonable price. I do not understand why anyone would buy a Zara or any other mass produced bag. You can have an exclusive and handmade item that will make you stand out of the crowd and something you can have an emotional connection with. Office bags attracted my attention immediately when I walked into the atelier. Chocolate brown leather with rough stitches and long and short straps can complement and improve any look. Super urban chic! As good for office and travel. Can easily fit A4-sized folders, an iPad, a cosmetic case and a lot more. Complementing and balancing so well with oversized coats and rider boots such as: Naturally, I could not leave without a gift for myself. I choose an adorable leopard clutch with a long chain strap that you can unfasten and use as a hand clutch with a short leather strap. The leather is gentle, fluffy and pleasant to the touch. I think I will mix and match it with my new beige Zara sweater and skinny jeans:
If you are in Barcelona stop by BoB atelier. Meet Ramon and Enrique and let them help you find the perfect bag for you. They know how to make you feel special and unique at their Atelier.
Last but not least, they do carry articles for men such as cases, bags, folders and accessories.
Visit the online shop or just write to them if you want something special. I would be delighted to organize an event if you contact me. I’ll show you around the city and it’s hidden fashion treasures.