PG - Blogging My City #2
With a unique concept and proven success, A Vida Portuguesa seemed like a natural choice as a favourite shopping venue. Located in the heart of the city and offering a never-ending range of traditional Portuguese products, some of which most people thought of as extinct, the space allows you to travel back in time and experience what life was like back then. This focus on the revivalism of Portuguese culture is perfectly balanced by an array of current products from both upcoming and renowned designers, including everything from clothing, homewear, accessories, up to design pieces and beauty products.
As an aficionado of “made in Portugal” products and our rich cultural heritage, it’s no surprise I feel right at home here. Furthermore, the space itself is astonishing: the carefully refurbished 3-storey house preserved most of its original architectural elements, conveying a unique ambience filled with natural light.
As for the look itself, it portrays a well balanced put together ensemble perfect for everyday wear. While it may appear somewhat simple at first, the color and texture combinations work great, while the small details add a refreshing take: the contrast stitching on the buttons, polka dots socks, orange straps on the suede boots and an unexpected twist with the elefant print bandana worn at the waist.
Details: green cotton cardigan, striped linen button down shirt, white denim, snuff suede boots, elephant print bandana and polka dot socks by Purificacion Garcia.
Model and Styling: Miguel Amaral Vieira
Store Highlight: FrenchTrotters, Paris
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit Première Vision in Paris and besides browsing through an endless array of amazing fabrics, I still had some time to cruise the Parisien streets in search of outstanding stores. One of the first I had the opportunity to visit was FrenchTrotters…
With an eclectic selection of hyped brands including Our Legacy, Woolrich, Levi’s M&C, Barena, Opening Cerimony, Band of Outsiders, Makr and their homonymous label, it’s a treat for every menswear enthusiast out there. The two-storey space is beautifully decorated with light shaded wood and plants, giving it a warm, cosy feeling setting the mood for your shopping spree. As for me, I couldn’t leave without a superb burgundy velvet fedora (more on that on a future post)…