TWOTHIRDS Ocean licks featured

Water covers roughly two thirds of the world (hence the name) so it’s about time there was a fashion brand dedicated to it. Based in Barcelona, TWOTHIRDS is inspired by the oceans, surfing and all life that dwells in the deep blue. And it’s for this reason that most of their wares are either recycled or organic—and also produced in Europe so as to further reduce their impact on the planet.

Not only is their apparel flipper-friendly, it’s easy on the eye too. The Cali surfer look has been a mainstay for decades now but TWOTHIRDS has taken it to a more mature, even urban level. Of course there are blissed-out beach tees and shorts by the barrelful. However, these hang alongside some darker tones suitable for evening wear too where the Maritime theme is evidenced only in say the imprint on a shirt button or the espadrille sole of a shoe.

That said, if you love the wild open sea, why not say it loud and proud? This is the store for you. So come on down to the Barri Gotic, pick up your waterproof jacket made from recycled plastics, throw in a Breton striped sweater, and swipe a ‘50s-style board for your next surf trip. All this and more awaits…

Santa Eulalia High fashion

Santa Eulalia is the patron saint of Barcelona and her shop should be made the patron saint of fashion. Founded in 1843, this shop is not only still in the game but also at the top of it. With all the latest lines from the top brands this a store that will knock your socks off. And then you can buy a new pair. And with Balenciaga, Lanvin and Thakoon, amongst many others, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Olokuti Eco concept

Up in Gràcia, the northern neighborhood that exudes the charm of a small spanish village, there is a tiny ecological oasis called Olokuti.

With its biological products, this concept-store perfectly embodies the philosophy of the surrounding area, offering a wide range of goods; from soap, to kids clothes and books covering every topic you can think of. Besides their clear focus on ecological and handcrafted items, the artistic merit of the store and its products should also not be overlooked, particularly in the back part of the venue where you can even find a small gallery.

But the real peach of Olokuti is its garden located in the yard behind the store. Here you can relax over a coffee or juice from the self-service counter, you might even forget for a moment that you are actually in the city confines of Barcelona at all …

Sabater Hermanos Soap heaven

The saga of the Sabater family business stretches back to the 1930s, when the Buenos Aires-based granddad of the clan started making soap in many different tints, flavors and shapes.

Since its opening in late 2006, the Barcelona branch of Sabater Hermanos has been located on one of the city’s most beautiful and historic squares: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri.

At this shop—which is still a family affair: it is run by the Sabater granddaughter Eliana—there are over 40 types of soap on offer: chocolate, old lavender, green tea, tea rose, pomelo, jasmine, coconut oil, olive oil… The list is long, colorful and extremely well-scented.

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