Cross Cultural Analysis Trip: Barcelona & Madrid Part I
posted by Jessica Bodgwicz
Over winter break I participated in the study abroad Cross-Cultural Analysis course, which gives students the opportunity to study the business of fashion abroad. Our class went sight-seeing and visited Spanish fashion brands in Barcelona & Madrid.
The first brand we visited was LUPO in Barcelona. The design studio was around the corner from their flagship store so we were able to see the production stages of their products. Each handbag is made with unique silhouettes and their attention-to-detail ensures quality with each bag. The brand takes inspiration from renowned Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudí. The handbag designs pay homage to his detailed and distinctive buildings.
Next, we visited the Sastrería Fermín in Madrid, which was founded in 1963 by Fermín López Fuentes and specializes in tailoring matador costumes. He has created costumes for the most important toreros. It is one of the very few matador costuming shops that is still open in Madrid.
Visiting Capas Seseña provided us with more of a taste of the Spanish culture through fashion. They have been manufacturing classic Spanish capas since 1901 and continue their legacy. The designer is very hands on and hand cuts the capes with large scissors. It is known that the famous Pablo Picasso wore these capes.