I always wondered why everyone who visits Barcelona buys some cheesy and cheap souvenirs from Chinese shops on la Rambla? Why tourists buy all these kinds of magnets, low quality T-Shirts, shot glasses and all kinds of garbage. When I travel I always like to bring with me something valuable or something I could use every day, and obviously something that I love, a piece of clothing made locally, cosmetics that I can not find at home, a little decoration element for my apartment etc.
I was thinking what could people bring home from Barcelona besides the usual suspects? Something that is artisan, authentic, distinctive and something that makes a statement.
I was searching around for a quite some time and finally met Pablo, the founder of BCN Brand. A local brand that is designed and made in Barcelona. I saw his stand at 080 Barcelona Fashion Week last summer and I immediately fell in love with his creations.
BCN Brand is a young company that appeared on the Catalan market in 2008 (Pablo was not afraid of financial crises and took a risk) and specializes in fashions made in Barcelona. With a focus on comfortable shoes. Pablo wanted his brand associated with Barcelona: happiness, life, fiesta, color, mediterraneo, modernism. He wanted his pieces be a different kind of souvenirs from Barcelona that would please their owner for a long time. He finds inspiration in local architecture, landscape and ambience. The famous tile ornaments from Paseo de Gracia formed the basis of the new collection and found their place on T-shirt prints, phone cases, bags, etc.
BCN shoes are all about fancy colors. This season Pablo mixes washed out and bright colors and it worked really great.
BCN Brand recently started to appear in boutiques and showrooms in Spain, UAE, Lebanon, Belgium, USA and Russia.
I hope BCN Brand becomes a really popular souvenir from Barcelona and everybody no matter where they live could enjoy lovely, lush and colorful fashions made with love in Barcelona.