Thursday 05 December 2013
Wednesday 04 December 2013
A unique design. A touch of freshness. Something completely different to what you are used to. A luxury bag that won’t break the bank. And all thanks to the brand V73 who have made it possible for one to have an Hermes Birkin much more accessibly.
Your ears are not deceiving you. The brand have designed a collection of canvas bags and have printed the image of the Birkin model on both sides, experimenting with an infinity of designs, colours and textures which does not cease to amaze.
Furthermore, all the V73 bags have a lock and small key, aswell as a charm with the initials of the brand teamed up with a red interior lining that will not leave anyone indifferent.
A dream come true made possible by Elisabetta Armellin, creator of V73. This young Italian lady studied Fine Art in Venice, and it was here where she found her inspiration for her creations. Since Venice is the city of love and an important place in the fashion industry, it is not surprising that this designer has leapt to fame and played Cupid between her designs and us women.
For the season autumn-winter 2013/2014 collection, the brand has concentrated their designs on brocades, tweed, texture, velvet and striking colours which make the quality of their products stand out even more.
Get choosing the model you like because this is no longer just for the celebs!
Wednesday 27 November 2013
A night of celebrations, country music and a spectacular dress.
That is how we would describe the Country Music’s Awards 2013 which took place on the 6th November. This red carpet event welcomed celebrities and guests who were eager to show off their best outfits.
The host of this long-awaited ceremony, Brad Paisley, a well known country singer, arrived accompanied by his wife, actress Kimberley Williams who sported one of Monique Lhuillier latest designs made with Gratacos fabrics.
Monique Lhuilier, one the most famous fashion designers for bridal dresses has now become a favourite amongst the celebrities, not only for bridal dresses but also for outfits for red carpet events.
This designer has such style, character and recognition, that we feel honoured to be part of this and pleased that our fabrics have travelled so far.
The night we have all been waiting for has arrived.
Tomorrow is “The Shopping Night Barcelona” and we have everything ready so we can enjoy this magical night together.
We will fill you in on some of the things we have prepared, but once here, there will be a lot more things going on.
As we don’t want you to miss out on any of the details, there is a competition on our Facebook page where you can win two Luxury passes so you and a companion can come and enjoy everything we have prepared and more.
How to participate? Its easy.
You just need to click here and follow three easy steps that we will explain in the image. You are almost ready to win two Luxury Passes.
You have until 12pm tomorrow to take part.
You can hear the results shortly after on our social networks and we will contact the lucky person.
¡Good luck to everyone!
“L’Opera de Moda”
Opera in Fashion. This is the name that has been given to the fourth big party that will take place on the 28th November in Paseo de Gracia for businesses, culture, fashion, lifestyle and fine dining. Others call it The Shopping Night Barcelona, which we also like.
This party is considered one of the main promotional events of our city, Barcelona.
This year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. These two composers are the key characters in this edition, spreading their musical notes around the city.
For that night and until the 5th December, we are offering a 20% discount on all our articles. Absolutely all of them. Because we want to celebrate with you this day and some others too.
We will present for the first time and for this night only, two costume pieces made from Gratacos fabrics by Chu Uroz for the Aida Opera, represented in the Verona Opera house on its 100th year anniversary put into scene by “La Fura dels Baus”
We will also have a special guest – Gerard Solà who will come and show us his Teddy Bear collection. These peculiar teddy bears are now considered works of art.
It isn’t the first time they have been with us at Gratacós, that’s why they didn’t want to miss this day and the opportunity to return to the shop so you can get to know them a little more.
So you have a long lasting memory of The Shopping Night Barcelona 2013, anyone who comes to see us with a VIP pass will receive a complementary glass of cava and a scarf hand painted by the artist Mariana Méndez.
Creativity, design, technique and exclusivity is what characterizes each and every one of her products and collections in which cutting edge and innovative image is achieved by constant analysis of trends.
Each of her scarves will feature Wagner and Verdi motives and can be personalized as desired as she will paint them in that very same moment in the shop.
We cannot ask for more. Only wait for this night to come quickly and you to come and see us.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
A few weeks ago we informed you about our proposal for the 3rd edition of the shop window competition that the association “Estudio del Mueble” organizes under the slogan “Barcelona with Wagner”
Today, we take the opportunity to inform you that on the 14th November the Awards Ceremony took place in Barcelona’s famous theatre Liceo.
We are happy to say we have reason to celebrate as we won an award.
Many shops participated in the competition. We had a difficult challenge as we were in competition with all types of shops with very elaborated designs and the most creative applications and representations, all aiming to win.
1st award to the most creative shop window
We received this award from Pilar Vélez, director of Barcelona’s design museum and one of the members of the jury.
We are so happy to have taken part in this competition and have completed it in this special way, with recognition of our work.
We are a company. And this means we have to be responsible. Responsible with our staff, our suppliers, our customers and with society, who, after all are those who allow you to progress. You owe them your entire reason of being and existing and therefore are in debt with them. Society, people, and after all us ourselves.
In Gratacós we take Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously. We are responsible as a brand and as a company to procure a better society.
We could turn our heads and look for excuses, but we prefer to launch ourselves into projects.
Projects such as the Ginesta Foundatio with whom we have been cooperating with for a long time. For the last 35 years, the Ginesta Foundation have been demanding the right for the inclusion in society and the job market (this leads to the latter) of persons with intellectual disabilities.
Through their very hard work, more than 800 people have benefitted and have had their needs seen too. They offer services in education, housing, access to work, assistance and above all, they make them feel part of society.
It is comforting to know that like us there are many other companies involved. And that even now in these difficult times when it is easy to find an excuse not to help, there are still people supporting these initiatives. Of course one cannot deny that getting involves also has its benefits: awards, quality seal for being a responsible company, a lot of back patting, being able to write posts like the one you are reading etc.
However we want you to believe us when we say that there is no bigger benefit for us than knowing that all the hard work is being made use of.
Of course all the brands say they are responsible, but the important thing is that they actually do something.
And we hope this won’t be a passing fad.
On our part, I can assure you this will not happen. We are committed.
Wednesday 06 November 2013
Passion and dedication to a career.
Craftsmanship, investigation and creativity captured in fabrics that want to transcend borders and travel the world.
Fabrics that have allowed us to reach China.
And bear our name.
If there is something we are sure about it is that our fabrics can be seen, felt and used everywhere. For us there are no boundaries. Races do not exist. Nor languages.
This is why we opted for a country whose culture and vision of the world is somewhat different to what we have contemplated up till now.
12 years have passed since we decided to take the risk. And it has been successful. Since then we are present in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzen, thanks to our network of personal agents.
Why are we talking about this now? It will all become clear.
This past 22nd and 23rd October we introduced our autumn Winter 2014/2015 collection in Premiere Vision Shanghai, one of the main textile fairs in the country dedicated to the clothing sector and Haute Couture. This fair is the follow on from the event held in Paris that is reknown worldwide.
During this fair, professionals from the Asian industry can discover a wide range of creative and diversified fashion fabrics. For this reason, each and every company that participates must be selected by a specialized committee.
We have been present at this fair for the past eight years and we are very proud to say that we are the only Spanish company that participates.
We are very happy with the result, as our designs have been gladly welcomed and there has been a lot of positive feedback which strengthens more so our passion for what we are doing. It encourages us to get to venture out and get to know more of the world.
It seems that in the current economic climate, to take on a new business adventure is something extremely risky.
The reality is that new ideas, that are born from passion and hard work, from taking risks and striving to do things properly, are those ideas that will lead us far.
These three Portuguese entrepreneurs are proof of this and have made a dream come true.
This is the name of the dream that Ana had, she was simply waiting for the correct moment to make it real.
The time arrived at the end of 2012 when Patricia and Cristina left their jobs to one side to concentrate on this project.
By accounts of their past track record, there is no doubt that this team has talent.
Ana Ventura is a renowned illustrator who has exhibited in Portugal and abroad. She was also selected to design one of the models of Converse shoes in 2008 on the occasion of their hundredth anniversary.
Cristina Barradas is a designer and spent various years working in Ana Salazar’s fashion workshop.
Patricia Matias started out working in human resources, then gradually took on photography until she fell in love with it and now dedicates all her time to this passion.
The meaning of the word Tiled refers to what has now been converted into a fashion brand. A new proposal which seeks to carry around the world the design of Portuguese mosaics, which bring to life their garments.
With such talent, we feel privileged to be part of this project and this dream which is being made real using our fabrics to make their designs.
On the Portuguese television there was a story about their brand and the way in which they work. You will see us here.
You can see the complete story as from minute 11. Video.
Who could imagine that when Cristina designed Ana’s wedding dress, that 12 years later they would be working together on this project.
Wednesday 23 October 2013
One shop window. Ours
One composer. Richard Wagner.
One love story. The Dutch Wanderer.
This is how our adventure begins in the Third Edition of the artistic shop window competition that the Association for the “Estudio del Mueble” organizes under the slogan “Barcelona with Wagner”.
All the shops in the city can participate in this competition by creating a shop window dedicated to Wagner, with the objective of offering a cultural tour round Barcelona’s streets, combining leisure, art and knowledge and adding value to the shops in the City.
Do you know who Wagner was?
Composer, bandmaster, poem-writer, dramatist and musical theorist of Romanticism. This German artist dedicated his life to innovation in all its forms. That’s why we like him.
After hearing a lot more about him, it inspired us. And it encouraged us to let loose our creativity.
We connected, and that’s what made it easy for us to choose a subject and mould it in our own way. A combination of the author’s romantic spirit together with a touch of our essence.
We chose the story of the Dutch wanderer. A cursed sailor whose only salvation was eternal love which he finally finds in Dalands’ daughter. The damsel declares her eternity loyalty and together they go up into heaven, breaking the curse.
If you would like to see how we have interpreted this beautiful story, you can come and see our shop window at Paseo de Gracia anytime.
It is a very exciting event which you cannot miss.
You can also participate yourself by entering into the webpage www.estudidelmoble.com. and voting the shop window you most like. Its very simple.
You can also sign up for a guided tour by calling 932052761.
We will be participating until the 28th November which also coincides with the Shopping Night Barcelona date.
We want to share it with all of you. We want to show you everything, in Gratacos there are no secrets. This why we have decided that instead of explaining all the handicraft, detail and care we put into all our fascinators and hats, it would be better for you to see it with your own eyes.
Live. At hand. As it should be.
So, as from next week, the Gratacos shop will convert into a little crafts workshop under the guidance of Julio Quijano and Anna Blau.
Two big designers reveal their secrets….
The Uruguayan designer Julio Quijano is now one of the family. He designs fascinators exclusively for Gratacos so you’re bound to know some of his designs.
He will be in the shop on Saturdays and Mondays all day, during which time he will show us his technique and discuss anything we need to know.
Anna Blau is a young designer and entrepreneur who has refound a new passion for fashion by designing vintage style fascinators. Right now she is a fresh new talent and her unique style has given her recognition all around the world.
You will be able to meet her at the shop on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 3pm. If you want to discover a new style and travel to the past with newfound fabrics, colours and shapes, then you need to book a date with Anna.
We´ll be waiting for you in the store of Gratacós in Paseo de Gracia with 2 huge artists and our arms wide open.