On the corner of Barcelona's luxurious Passeig de Gracia with Diagonal stands a shoemaker that boasts over a hundred years of history. Carmina Shoemakers are true Spanish classics, creating timeless models by hand on wooden moulds, and meticulously working leather so soft and buttery it gleams. What began as a simple workshop on the island of Mallorca in 1866 is now a luxury brand with distributors around the world and shops in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, St. Petersburg and Singapore.
The trendy Born district is a top destination for tempting boutiques, and About Arianne has footwear covered. The shoes are designed in the neighbourhood, 100% made in Spain, and representative of the Catalan capital’s high-quality, low-stress aesthetic. “Our shoes are made for walking,” founders Ariadna Guirado and Ernest Vidal declare. They also take pride in being part of the slow-fashion movement, creating pieces to be treasured for years.
The name Obach represents a Barcelona institution. The iconic haberdashery has been nestled on a busy corner of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter since it was founded in 1924, and 30 years later, his son began selling hand-made men’s shoes on the other side of the street. Showcasing dapper, gentlemanly designs that are hand-crafted on the Balearic Islands, the Obach family empire allows a man to outfit himself from head to toe in high-quality local fashion merely by crossing the street.