Crossing the Waist Line in Madrid

Of all the Spring-Summer 2018 collections that were shown by Spanish designers during New York and Madrid Fashion Weeks last month, there were two that particularly appealed to me. The first collection was by Menchén Tomàs, a designer I did not know much about, and the second one by Dolores Cortés, a prolific swimwear designer from Valencia and an old favorite of this blog, thanks to her many collaborations with Spanish shoes and accessories designers. In both collections, the creative energy seems to center on the waist. Of course, a slim waist is the most coveted summer accessory - you really do not need much else to look good in the summer. However, in the Menchén Tomàs and Dolores Cortés collections a lot more happens at the waist than first meets the eye.

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Launching The Espadrille

Have you ever celebrated something by "launching the espadrille"? People in Spain never cease to surprise me with the things they get up to, including this yearly espadrille launching festival, celebrated in the Cervera village of La Rioja. If I've learned anything in my four years of writing the Spanishoegallery Blog (it is hard to believe, but the blog is celebrating its fourth anniversary this year), it's that Spanish shoe makers know a thing or two about people and about happiness.

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Rock Chick Style With Zinda of Spain

Whether you are an authentic rock chick or not, rock chick style is very alluring. Usually, it is associated with the young and the rebellious, but, if you can successfully pull it off at a more, ahem, mature age, without being Courtney Love, all the power to you! Rock chick style is edgy, it's cool, and it can run the gamut from feminine to fierce, with many, many different variations in between. If you are eager to try it out or looking to change up your current version, here is one of these variations.

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Travel Bags and Accessories by La Portegna

Travel bags and accessories brand La Portegna came about because of one man's sensibility for "slow travel". For José Urrutia, the founder of La Portegna, it all began with his grandmother, who told him fascinating stories of long boat voyages to far away lands at a time when "slow travel" was the only type of travel. The objects that decorated her home spoke of things she had seen and people she had encountered and befriended along the way (among them Ernest Hemingway). Moved by his grandmother's experiences, the charismatic Spanish entrepreneur set out to create the most cherished travel bags and accessories on the market.

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Basket Bags Spell Summer Elegance

Basket bags are charming and seductive in their simplicity. Season after season, decade after decade, women are drawn to this romantic summer fashion accessory. Basket bags are typically made of a variety of plant materials and fibers like raffia, jute, sisal, wicker, and others. Most major women's fashion brands, from Balenciaga to Zara and Mango, have their own versions. That said, I like to look at smaller, independent brands, because that is where most unique and creative pieces are to be found.

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Floral Heels Inspired by the Canary Islands

Floral heels generally look beautiful on well-groomed feet, but the ones I want to talk about in this post are not of a general kind. The artistic inspiration for these particular floral heels has sprung of a very special place on earth, or rather in the ocean: Canary Islands, the most southerly region of Spain.

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Menorcan Sandals by Menorquinas Popa

Traditional Menorcan sandals known as avarques (avarca in singular), have been on my radar for as long as I've been publishing this blog. The great thing about these typical Menorcan sandals is, of course, that they are light, airy, and the colour choices are endless. Some time ago, I became aware of a brand called Menorquinas Popa ("menorquinas" is another way the Spanish refer to Menorcan sandals). Not only did this brand's avarques appeal to my fashion sense, but I also liked that a lot of them come with a platform.

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Pink Suede Moccasin by Abarca Shoes

Abarca Shoes focuses on espadrille base bluchers and sandals with cotton, suede or raffia uppers. Abarca Shoes prides itself on its artisan roots and sustainable production practices. I recently fell in love with the pink suede moccasin from the brand's Summer 2017 collection.

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Romantic Sandals by C-Doux

For lovers of the romantic fashion style, I discovered a great Menorcan brand named C-Doux. C-Doux is a play on the French expression "c'est doux" - which can mean both "it is sweet" and "it is soft".

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Stylish Artisan Cross Body Bags

Cross body bags by Barcelona-based designer label Beatriz Furest prove that this bag style is as versatile from the fashion point of view as it is practical. Cross body bags tend to be more elegant in design and are often made of more refined materials, because they do not need to be as rugged as messenger bags. The appeal of Beatriz Furest bags lies in the harmonious simplicity of design and the eye-caressing artisan leather finishes.

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