Spanish Fashion + Spanish Basilica = Perfection
It was a beautiful sunny day in Barcelona when I awoke to realize I had no clothing. No seriously, if you read my blog ‘Paris to Barcelona, you’re already aware that my suitcase with 2.5 months’ supply of clothing was stolen. So now without any clothing or luggage I focus on the positive and seek to discover what Barcelona has to offer fashion wise. After spending 3/4 of the day walking through the fashion district and picking up some of the very basics from places like H&M and the Spanish equivalent of Club Monaco, I began to realize shopping for men’s clothes in Barcelona is a dreadful experience. Every other unique looking shop would have clothes imported from Australia and New York. I AM IN BARCELONA, I wanted clothes made and designed in Spain! After almost giving up hope I ventured past a small window with a men’s button up shirt with a collar design I had never seen. I ventured inside to find a male fashion designer in his late 20’s on a sewing machine working on a garment. It was then that I met Julen Ariztegi. Julen turned out to be a very creative fashion designer looking to make a name for himself. Julen makes each piece of his clothing by hand. His passion for design was obvious. I had him make me 3 pieces of clothing and am thrilled with the result.
The next “must see” was the famous Barcelona Cathedral. The Cathedral was constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries and is a fantastic example of Neo-Gothic Architecture. It is the seat to the Arch Bishop of Spain and was by far, the most impressive cathedral we saw during our say in Barcelona. The architectural woodwork and intricate detail of the arched ceilings were impressive and almost overwhelming in their beauty and stature The way the light would spread across the arches created a warm, yet gothic feel to the space as the quire’s song filled the space with a dark soft song is unexplainable . Check out the detail of the ceilings in some of the picture I included above.
I’ve got some custom pieces added to my wardrobe and explored and enjoyed some superb Gothic architecture. I couldn’t be happier!
P.S Attempting to order online with Julen Ariztegi can prove to be a challenge as his pieces are custom made. Although, if you know all your sizes and like one of his earlier designs, he might be able make something happen for you! (If he lived in my city I’d have everything made by him)