Q&A With Barcelona Fashion Blogger BarnaChic

Posted by: Verónica Maya

We recently got to catch with Barcelona based fashion blogger Elizabeth, whose love for fashion and keen sense of style is clearly captured in each and everyone of her posts. A blog full of fashion & beauty tips, trends and Barcelona’s most romantic venues. We are addicted. Please meet Elisabeth, the wonderful blogger from BarnaChic!

A: Tell us a bit about why you created BarnaChic? 

BC: BarnaChic was born after good friends of mine insisted I start a project of my own. As a child I loved the whole world of fashion – catwalks and designers – along with my daily ritual of flipping through magazines and documenting this world of fashion and trends. October 2012 I decided to start this adventure. Zero regrets. And I encourage all those who have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to turn your hobby into something more to go for it!

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A: And Barcelona?

BC: I chose to write about Barcelona to address a specific target and focus on a specific topic. Besides being my hometown, Barcelona is such a cosmopolitan capital full of glam and touches upon so many artistic industries, including fashion.

A: How would you describe the style of your blog? Where do you pull inspiration?

BC: BarnaChic follows a very clear and simple style featuring the current trends, beauty tips, charming shops and the countless charismatic venues including bars, restaurants, terraces and hotels that Barcelona has to offer. In short, I aim to provide a digital window to all those who want to know more about fashion and trends of the Catalan capital.

It’s a blog inspired by everyday life and in what makes this city come to life, its street style. In combination with my personal style and my passion for writing I pamper each post with continuous enthusiasm in the hopes of growing as a fashion blogger.

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A: Agorique is a major independent fashion fan, so we want to know: Which is BarnaChic’s emerging designer to follow?

BC: At 080 Barcelona  I found that there were certainly some interesting and distinguishable collections, however and unfortunately, many Barcelona emerging designers aren’t necessarily featured in these high profiled events and really their collections are beautiful.

I couldn’t pin point one designer in particular, there are a number of them that I think are fantastic and are one’s to watch!

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A: You cover a ton of events, what’s the quintessential fashion event for anyone interested in this world?

BC: One of the cornerstones of the fashion blogging world and as editor is discovering new brands, meeting influencers and going deeper into the sector than your average every day exposure. In the case of BarnaChic, 080 Barcelona fashion shows and ​​trade events at The Brandery are critical to understand and visualize the fashion landscape in Barcelona.

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A: Let’s talk about what you’re wearing this summer, what trends are you highlighting?

BC: Denim, bright colors and pastels. But each season has its own essence with its different concepts and I think the best part about that is the mixing and matching between seasons for countless day-to-day looks. Welcome diversity into our closets!

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A: How would you describe your own style? 

BC: My own style … hard to say. I’m guided depending on the occasion, but comfort and elegance is my main priority. I try to combine must-have pieces of the season with wardrobe basics like jeans and white t-shirt.

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A: You never leave the house without ….

BC: I never leave home without my Bimba & Lola makeup case! You never know where you’re going to end the day, and a touch of color can provide a completely different look.

A: Let’s talk about past and future, what were your best projects and what new surprises are in store BarnaChic readers?

BC: To continue growing I definitely need patience, effort and enthusiasm which I think are the basic tools to conquer the present and the future of BarnaChic. It’s also important to be optimistic and have a very open mind and share the wealth of knowledge! We live in the era of networking!

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 Definitely one of the best projects was the collaboration with emerging designers BRAS. They were the first to support BarnaChic, there will be more news of their new collections coming soon.

Also I’m currently working on highlighting more designers. They struggle every day to gain a foothold in an industry that is always growing.

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Thanks Elisabeth!

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Q&A with Saako: Mediterranean Essence

Posted by: Verónica Maya

Versatile, handcrafted and unique….Saako is the brand that brings age old Portuguese artisan traditions to the present day fashionista of Barcelona with fun and easy-to-wear Mediterranean necklace designs.

AGORIQUE had the chance to get to know them and the secret behind their distinctive accessory designs.

A: What is Saako? Where did the brand name come from?

S: Saako came about when the paths of four talented individuals crossed out of pure chance in an apartment in the Gótico area of Barcelona.

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Saako was the name chosen by our designers but it doesn’t really have any specific meaning, we give it our own meaning really.

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A: What makes Saako designs so special?

S: Saako pieces are specially made and not mass produced in factories; our designs are the result of a handcrafted process. They are all limited edition because the materials used are reused cotton which makes our brand an environmentally sustainable.

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Our designs are inspired by simple day-to-day life but that doesn’t make them any less special. These are the things that inspire us here at Saako.

A: Can you tell us a bit about the current Saako SS13 collection?

S: The new SS13 collection is inspired by the Mediterranean. The photo shoot took place on a beach just outside of Barcelona and it was fantastic because the entire Saako team was able to attend!

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This collection is full of summery tones and designs for women who want to look great even when lounging on the beach. The headscarves Mia and Indie are our star pieces from this collection and have been really popular with our fans.

A: You have a number of different styles in each collection, which we love! From your lines, what would you say is Saako’s staple product?

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S: The Scarflace piece is our most classic piece regardless of the season because it is great for both summer and winter. We have several different versions for the each collection.

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A: Who is the Saako girl? Can you describe her style on a night out with her girl friends?

S: She is confident and sure of herself and likes to add a special something to her style using innovative pieces from our collection. She is easygoing, natural and above all stylish!

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A: Any new projects pr collaborations in the pipeline?

S: We recently did a collaboration with the trainer shop Sivasdescalzo and Reebok and had some amazing results which are coming soon via our social networks! Stay Tuned!

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SAAKO is always open to new possibilities and collaborations so we will definitely be seeing more of this.

A: Speaking of the future, could you give us a little preview of the FW1314 collection?

S: It’s a powerful collection which will definitely leave you gobsmacked! We have innovated on a lot of the designs and given the image of our brand a real twist. You will have to wait and see 😉

A: What is Saako’s motto?

S: Create, create and create some more.

Thanks Saako! Loved catching up!

Check out Saako’s SS13 Collection here and follow them on Facebook and Twitter today.