There is a new concept in the retail business, the concept of Slow Shops. This designation refers to small businesses that support ethical values, businesses that bet on controlled local production to promote a conscious shopping experience, unlike large retail chains.
There are a number of Slow Shops in Barcelona. Here are some of the most interesting:
Green LifeStyle is a store that sells sustainable, ethical and ecological fashion. All of the items sold in the store are produced in Europe, using natural fibers like cashmere, biologic wool and organic cotton. Green LifeStyle’s collection is comprised of tops, skirts, pants, underwear and accessories created by seven eco-friendly designers.
Green LifeStyle is located at Carrer de Torrent de l’Olla 95.
Olso Barcelona is an awesome association of artists and artisans located in the neighborhood of Gràcia. The members of the association have a venue where they showcase and sell their art without any middlemen, which gives them the opportunity to offer accessible and fair prices. At Olso Barcelona, you can find a limitless amount of original articles like the cool Wes Andersen-inspired t-shirts and bags.
Olso Barcelona is located at Carrer del Torrent de l’Olla, 164.
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Victoria Ibars Arts
Victoria Ibars Arts is both a store and a workshop by designer and ceramicist Victoria Ibars. It is a great place to find one of a kind buttons and to learn about some of the trades mastered by the owner.
Victoria Ibars Arts is located at Carrer de Verdi, 63.
Salvador Mallol creates what he describes as “slow jewelry”, crafted little by little, using new materials and ingenious techniques. Salvador Mallol’s collection includes beautiful rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces made out of materials including gold, titanium and steel.
You can find jeweler Salvador Mallol at Carrer de Verdi, 27.
El Diluvio Universal
El Diluvio Universal is a graphic illustration and graphic design brand that has its own modern art gallery. If you pay a visit to Carrer de Guilleries 3, you will not only discover a variety of paintings and illustrations, but also cool calendars, postcards and a couple of editions by El Diluvio Universal.
Bateau Lune is a wonderful store that sells unique toys. At Bateau Lune you will find toys made out of natural wood, educational toys and more. All of their products are created using non-toxic materials. The store also offers workshops and organizes activities for families.
Bateau Lune is located at Praça de la Virreina, 6.