Luxury Handbags by Naiara Elgarresta

The Spanishoegallery Blog is thrilled to feature the inaugural collection of luxury handbags by a hot new Spanish shoes and accessories designer - Naiara Elgarresta. Naiara's creative profile is a happy mix of masculine and feminine energies - the Ying and Yang of design. She is both a dreamer and a pragmatic, a meticulous planner and a lover of adventure, a sports fanatic and a girly girl. When these qualities intersect, great things are created. Case in point: a handbag collection under the designer's own brand name, launched online last week through her new website.

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Rosalia: a new Spanish style icon

There is a new Spanish style icon and her name is Rosalía. Rosalía Vila is a twenty-five year old singer-songwriter who mixes flamenco music with urban or art pop, hip-hop, R&B, you name it, to create magnetic performances and edgy videos that have now earned her millions of fans around the world and two Latin Grammy awards for the song "Malamente" from her 2018 album: "Mal Querer". Rosalía is like Madonna in her twenties - fearless, confident, and bursting with talent. As she is taking the music world by storm, she can't help influencing people's fashion choices and become a style icon, just like Madonna did in her day.

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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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Running With The Wind: the Shoe Designer from San Sebastián

Naiara Elgarresta, from Urretxu (pronounced Urrechu) in the Basque region of northern Spain, wanted to be a shoe designer since she was six. On the weekends she would badger her father into taking her to San Sebastián, the closest big city so that she could window shop for shoes, hats, and other accessories. Then she would return home and craft her own fashion pieces.

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Great Shoes Come With Great Stories

The Spanishoegallery Blog is three years old! Anniversaries (and this one is a milestone of sorts) make you think. This blog was started as a gut reaction to discovering that most shoes I liked in stores and online were Spanish. Not just "Made in Spain", but of actual Spanish conception and design. Back then I did not much wonder why, but simply dove into the project, trusting that the answer will come later. So, what is my take away from three years of blogging? Why Spanish shoes?

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Andalusian Eyes and Ava Gardner

August in Spain is very quiet. This is the time of relaxation, complete switch-off, sea gazing. Bloggers stop blogging. People head to resorts and ancestral villages. Some go north, some go south, to Andalusia. The heat there is dangerous, but not as dangerous as the heat of Andalusian eyes. A glance by a passer-by in Cordoba, Malaga, or Granada hits you like a wave of fire. Andalusian eyes are akin to a natural phenomenon: enticing and threatening, overpowering, yet indifferent. Disconcerting and unforgettable.

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Chie Mihara

Shoe designer Chie Mihara, a daughter of Japanese parents who was raised in Brazil, lived and studied in Japan and New York, ultimately set up her brand in Spain, in the heart of the Spanish shoe industry. This varied and unusual trajectory is reflected in Chie Mihara's original design style. The first thing you notice about the shoes is their lack of sharp edges or angles: round, organic shapes that are blended into one harmonious curvilinear silhouette.

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