The Outpost For the contemporary man

Shoes and accessories. Accessories and shoes. And lots of them. Ladies put your wallets back in your handbags, this one’s for the boys only. Men often get sidelined in the fashion world but no longer – as a shop dedicated to scouting new trends for the contemporary man they have a list of brands that more than accomplish such a goal. Ranging from Comme des Garçons to Jil Sander, they’ve got it all and then more besides.

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.

Momo Asian handcrafted goodies

In a semi-hidden shop close to Placa St Jaume, on a small street in Gotico, lies Momo. The little shop holds a stunning collection of artifacts—handcrafted Japanese ceramics, origami paper, calligraphy supllies, kimonos (for kids and adults), sandals, beautifully colored Japanese lamps, tabis, chopsticks, the list goes on.

The charming owner, Kaori, has been running her shop since the beginning of the century. She works with love and careful attention to detail—her shopping bags, for example, are handpainted—and constantly travels back home to return with new goodies for the shop.

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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