Lluis Genero…a 5 day annual visit to Barcelona.

Once a year Lluis Genero holds a capsule collection sale in Barcelona…and we were lucky enough to catch it!

 

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Walking home one evening we noticed an eye catching affair in our local art gallery, clothing, people, art, flowers….Had a new store opened in place of the gallery?  We had seen commotion for the past few days, and in the ever changing Eixample neighborhood of Barcelona, a new store popping in was entirely possible!

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The following day we popped in to learn that we had stumbled upon the 5 day only capsule collection of local designer, Lluis Genero.  The art gallery was now decorated with art from both Lluis’ personal collection and his own creations.  The designer had transformed the space into a charming boutique filled with sweaters, scarves, and tapestries designed by the designer, who now lives in the Emporda region of Spain.

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This collection called “Soulmates” “unites spontaneity and ease, elegance and sincerity, warmth and sensuality.” (Www.LluisGenero.com)  The designs or composed of cashmere, angora, merino wool, organic cotton, alpaca, and mohair.  The pieces stood out for their quality, style, and affordability. (Every garment is numbered for the collection)

Having lived in Barcelona, Beijing, and multiple other locations around the world,  the designer now resides outside of Barcelona in the countryside. Always knowing he wanted to create, at 18, Lluis travelled to NYC to begin his training at Parsons school of design.  Upon graduation, Lluis has worked has an artist, furniture designer, as well as fashion designer.  Drawing his creativity from daily life, his mind is always working.

What inspires the designer in Barcelona?  The architecture and the people.  For those of you who have visited Barcelona, this won’t come as a surprise to you.

When Lluis is in Barcelona, he loves the fact that he can be in Barcelona without living there.  There is something magical about being a tourist in your own home which we both agreed upon!

Until next year Lluis…for 5 days only.

For more details about Lluis, and for updates on future collections sign up for the newsletter on their website.

September Long Weekend

In September we had 4 delightful ladies come visit from the UK.  One of our guests was a contributing writer to Queen of Retreats. They had only a weekend so we had plenty to cram in!

With a Friday afternoon arrival the girls headed up to the rooftop of our retreat space to catch a class with Sarah Purcell Co-owner and Co-Founder of Infinite Pilates.  Afterwards they had a lovely bit of downtime to enjoy the rooftop jacuzzi!

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The girls had a bit of downtime before popping out for a quick bite and then they were off to enjoy a Flamenco show at the incredibly Palau de la Musica.

From the Palau de la Musica they headed up to Mutis-a jazz bar tucked away in the middle of the Eixample.  The girls listened to a jazz singer croon until the week hours of the night.

Low and behold Saturday morning had arrived and they were up once again for yoga with Kari Zabel, currently based out of Munich, Germany. IMG_3608

After a quick outfit change the ladies were off for a Segway tour of Barcelona.

 

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The girls convened once again for their evening Flamenco lessons with the fabulous Tani, on the outskirts of Barcelona.  Within an hour they were stars!

Another rapid turn around before the girls were tucked into their table at the trendy Boca Grande where they enjoyed into the night.

Soon enough it was Sunday morning-departure day.  After a morning at the beach the ladies soaked in the hammam and massages of the delightful Aire de Barcelona.

In a flash the weekend was over and our girls were off on their way back home to the UK…refreshes, replenished, and ready to take on the mummy and work duties of the week to come.

For more about their weekend you can see the delightful review of our weekend please visit http://queenofretreats.com/experience-leave-it-to-barcelona/

Back to blogging

We have been out of the blogosphere for quite too long!

After two wonderful retreats we have plenty to share with you so stay tuned.  We will re-cap both retreats and allow you an inside view of what our lucky ladies experienced during their stay!

XOXO

Colleen