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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Óscar de la Renta

Just a few days ago Oscar de la Renta announced that he was recruiting Petter Copping as the new creative director of the brand. Today, news of his passing away leaves the fashion world orphan and has left us all concerned.

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He has spent the last 8 years been fighting against cancer but after many battles, it finally won. Nevertheless, it never got the better of him. It did not stop him from doing what he loved, dressing up women.  

“I learn from the women I dress. It is extraordinary what has happened to the woman in the last 40 years, it’s incredible. I feel proud to have witnessed their progress and am lucky to be part of that movement which allows me to understand the power of today’s woman.”

Today, the fashion world mournes their loss. One of the top talents who transformed for decades the image of women in fashion has left us. But we are lucky that we can enjoy the legacy and continue what he started one day.

From Gratacós, all we can say is thank you.

Friday 03 October 2014

Fashion coworking in Barcelona

A space you will love once we tell you all about it.  We have not had a chance to see it yet with our own eyes, but from what we have read about it so far, we are fascinated by this project.  An initiative that promotes independent fashion, allows young designers to bear their talent and encourages them do something more in the world of fashion.

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We are talking about Moda 22.

A project rocked by one family’s wish to keep evolving, and not reach a standstill in what has been till now their main occupation, the production of their own collection and import of luxury foreign brands.  When the economic decline began, they took the opportunity to grow.  And they could not have done it better.

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Moda 22 is a coworking space for fashion designers which has opened up on one of the floor buildings of the very company – number 22 in the Poble Nou district in Barcelona-.  Here, young entrepreneurs can produce their designs and take advantage of all the machinery and facilities that the place has to offer,  saving time, space and resources.

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A new form of cooperation that encourages sustainability, national production and ethical fashion locally.   Often the young designers use ecological and end of line fabrics which provides an impulse.

An idea with entrepreneurial spirit that fascinates us and gives a little push to all those who have not been able to make their dream come true till now.

We hope to give you shortly a lot more news on Moda 22.

Thursday 25 September 2014

Scarves inspired in bird wings

We cannot deny that we love scarves. Especially those designs that oozecreativity and good taste. This is why we want to share with you the designs made by Roza Khamitova. This young designer gets her inspiration from birds to create these scarves by hand.  

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Exotic colours, brushstrokes and designs which are perfectly made to the smallest detail. This fashion designer resident in Melbourne – Australia – has captivated us with these flamboyant bird wings which gives us the opportunity to take off in a creative way.

There is a wide variety of designs, inspired in numerous and different birds which make each and every one of her scarves a work of art worthy to be worn by any woman.

On her online shop – Shovava – you can see all the models she has created.

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Furthermore she makes her designs using natural fibres – mainly cotton – antiallergic and even recyclable. A good way to help the environment.

We are fascinated by this designers work and from what we have seen so far, it seems that these wings will fly high.

Friday 19 September 2014

A shop window for all the senses

Art, fashion, fabrics and lots of imagination is what can be found in the design of our new shop windows in the Gratacós shop in Paseo de Gracia.  The shop window designer Antonio Iglesias has put together various pieces to achieve an interpretation of reading.

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The background of the shop window has been decorated by the artist Mariana Méndez.  Her drawings make reference to the 5 senses.  These drawings are complemented perfectly with the designs Teresa Helbig has used to dress the mannequins.

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A joint effort of work that implements Antonio Iglesias’ idea of representing reading as a way of plunging our senses into new written stories.

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Monday 15 September 2014

Back to Premiere Vision Paris

Each season, each design and each new fabric that forms part of a collection is a challenge that we must present to the fashion world and Premiere Vision Paris has always been a perfect shop window.  So, suitcase in hand we are going to la Cite de l’Amour from the 16th to the 18th September to continue our work.

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This time, with something new to celebrate, because this is now the 30th edition since we first went to this fashion fair in Paris in February 2000.  14 years of memories and expectations which, like good wine, has helped us improve with time.

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Furthermore, this year, the Gratacós stand is situated in one of the best areas in Premiere Vision, the entrance to Hall 5.  A location where all visitors pass by, which gives us the advantage that they don’t have to look all around the fair to find us.

We will be there in our finest clothes and our expert team will attend the needs and worries of all those visitors who come to see our fabrics.  Because Premiere Vision Paris is a key fair which marks the beginning of the season and we are going to take advantage of it.

We will tell you all about it on our return from Premiere Vision París.

Wednesday 10 September 2014

New collection of Gratacós Fabrics

We have everything ready and we are set to present our new collection of Gratacós fabrics for the Autumn Winter 2014/15 season.  Lively colors and prints that will brighten up these cold winter months.  The warmth of our fabrics is here to stay and we want you to enjoy them as from day one.

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Furthermore, if you are curious to know what we have prepared for next year, you can see a preview on our website of the fabrics that will set trends next season Spring-Summer 2015.  A collection of subtlety between light and colour in which the senses become the main character.

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You can also see details of the fabrics we are working on for the upcoming season Autumn Winter 2015/16.  It may seem a bit far off, but we can tell you that it will be a unique collection made from a singular vision with an intimate and personal beauty.

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If you want to find out more, you can visit us in the Gratacós shop in Paseo de Gracia where we can show you many more details.  We love what we do and we want you to see it.

Friday 29 August 2014

Munich & Gratacós. Something to motivate us after the post holiday blues.

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For those of you who do not know, fashion has been talked about in Munich for a long time before Pep Guardiola arrived there with his impeccable style.  The fair Munich Fabric Start is now a starting point after the summer break, a place to kick start the Autumn Winter 2015 collections.

gratacós We will be there of course, presenting our new articles and looking out for novelties and trends in the sector. This the 4th year we are participating in this fair, which is clearly in expansion.  Centre of a booming market and with participants that include Schumacher, Strenesse, Talbot Runholf or Luisa Cerano.  A tall order.

This is a great remedy to forget all about the beach, the mojitos and afternoon siestas and plunge back into work (a lot more tanned than the Germans) for the new season and start up new business with our batteries recharged.  We don’t know what the forthcoming months will be like, but we can tell you that they won’t be boring.

Off we go.  If you will attend, it’s from the 2nd to 4th September in Munich.

Auf Wiedersehen!!

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Friday 08 August 2014

Hermés and the scarf culture

Hermés are not only famous bags known worldwide, but also the ultimate icon in the world of fashion. Every day they surprise us with new ideas. Their last proposal was to encourage women to use scarves and attract them to this culture.

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In order to achieve this, they created Silk Knots App, a mobile applicatiomn with thousands of ideas to wear this versatile accessory. It includes various short videos that show you step by step how to tie a scarf and different unimaginable ways to wear it.

They recently updated this application to present the Spring-Summer 2014 collection in which you can see in much further detail aswell as the videos published on the Internet.

We cannot deny that we feel fascinated by these charming scarves and they are difficult to resist when in comes to choosing fashion accessories. Proof of this is our latest collection of exclusive scarves Love Gratacos on show in our shop in Paseo de Gracia.

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We like this application a lot, and whether it be with Hermes or Gratacos scarves, it will come in handy to wear this feminine and charming accessory any time of the year.

We hope to see you soon in our shop in Paseo de Gracia, where you can see our exclusive collection and we can also offer you some simple tips.

Friday 25 July 2014

Gratacós exhibits once again at Premiere Vision New York 2014

This year, like every year, we have travelled to the Big Apple to Premiere Vision New York to present our collection of fabrics for the upcoming season Autumn Winter 2015/16. This is one of the most important trade fairs in the textile sector for spotting trends for the upcoming seasons.

We did not want to miss this important date. It represents an opportunity for us to continue expanding and show our work. We are proud to say that we are the only Spanish company who attends this fair, which in one year has increased its number of exhibitors by 15%. This is all the more encouragement for us to continue attending.

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Designers, lovers of fabrics and specialists in the world of fashion travel to New York to see, touch and start conjuring up their designs for a season which might seem a long way off, but which we have had ready for some time now.

Furthermore, in this edition we were pleasantly surprised to have been assigned a new location -Pier 92-. The fantastic views we had on these intense two days made the work very enjoyable.

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And even more so when you see that the effort and work that has gone into this new collection pays off and you get positive feedback and comments. We have come back from New York a lot more motivated than we were.

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We have come back with our batteries recharged and eager to show all the collections we have ready for the upcoming seasons. But all in good time. In the meantime you can continue enjoying our numerous fabrics in the Gratacós shop in Paseo de Gracia. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday 10 July 2014

“The boy with sad eyes” by Manel Bolaño features in the 080 Barcelona Fashion event

The Manuel Bolaño catwalk show took place last Saturday, 5th July on the 080 Barcelona Fashion event.  The Catalan designer presented his designs for the next spring-summer season 2015.  A collection which stirred many emotions.

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Manuel Bolaño invaded the catwalk with his show “The boy with sad eyes”.  With a 90’s look, his designs were inspired in the image of a boy who collected butterflies and was in love with a witch who sought after plants for her spells.

The little details and accessories have been an essential part of his collection in order to complete the 27 different models presented during this fashion week.

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This video by Efe Estilo shows some of the moments we enjoyed of the show.

We are fascinated by this new collection and his unique way of combining and giving shape to the fabrics.  We are proud to say that the fabrics were by Gratacós.

This young designer does not cease to amaze us season after season. We simply hope that the fashion will continue being as lucky to enjoy his talent and designs.

¡Congratulations Manuel!