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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 and 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 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…

FTC Real skate culture

Notariat street is being taken over by skateboarding. Tarragona born BCN SNTS resident skater Julio Arnau and San Francisco’s legendary skater Lee Smith have opened up a spacious and elegant niche skate store a mere stone’s throw away from worldwide skating mecca, MACBA —attracting a lively flow of youngsters (and veterans) to it’s smooth tiled floor.

The history of skateboarding has run in tandem with FTC since it’s creation in 1986. With the first store opening in San Francisco in 1994, it’s been decisive in the evolution of skateboarding over the last few decades. Later additions to the family include stores in Sacramento and Tokyo, and finally Barcelona was the next logical step in the growth of FTC’s global skating network.

The store’s selection boasts a wide variety of all hardware needed for the sport with selected brands (WeSF, Sweet, etc … ) as well as a colorful collection of soft goods and shoes (Adidas, Lakai & Converse) including original FTC brand garments to make sure you rip-it-up in style.

SHO Toy story

The Japanese word “sho” has a variety of meanings including brilliant, wealthy or flying. This little store has for art, toys, books and vinyl has most to relevance to the former, but the versatility of the meanings of its name are also mirrored in its functionality since it houses both a gallery and a creative studio. It’s a rare sight to see in a toy store, but alongside works from artists such as Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, David Horwath, Joe Ledbetter and Fortress you can find the latest urban fashion threads and even things to pimp your walls, windows and mobile with.

Most of the eclectic range of items here are exclusive and limited editions, ensuring a regularly refreshed selection. And even if you don’t find something that tickles your fancy, you can exercise your inner delinquent with their DIY toy service that helps you realize a pocket sized version of a character of your own imagination.

Polopelo Cut and funk

If you want to treat your mane to a new cut, this is the place to go. Here, the creative team will set about their business in professional style, without any of the usual hairdresser yack.

The salon is decked out in modern style with a vanguard mural and quasi futuristic furnishings, and runs to a backbeat of down tempo electro tunes. The ambience is funky, but chilled and personal at the same time.

Besides the hair salon Polopelo runs a mini boutique offering a selection of CDs and the newest creations from young and talented fashion designers. Their slogan is “No hay nada más bello que lo autentico,”—there is nothing more beautiful than the authentic. And this is ubiquitous, so stay yourself and get funked.

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.

Lacol·lectiva It's art, it's fashion--it's exclusive

Since its opening a year ago, Lacol·lectiva has showcased a diverse mix of fashion and locally-made art in its exotic shop in Raval. Its collections include both designer and vintage clothing and accessories—work by hip young purveyors of the alternative international fashion scene: Memento, Norima, Malahierba and Gaby Pujol, among many others. The handcrafted designer accesories include jewellery by Sandra Velzi, rings by Manon and bags by Musabamba and D-lirio.

Lacol·lectiva’s interior design is as carefully chosen as the goods for sale. Antique furniture sits next to contemporary art by Vanessa Linares, Gastón Liberto, Juan Diego Tobalina, Katherinne Fiedler, Jean Paul Delaye and Ana de Lima, along with the covers of old French fashion magazines.

In fact, Lacol·lectiva is so fascinating to look at that all its tempting merchandise is simply the icing on the cake.

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