You won’t definitely find any of our proposals in a guidebook, none friendly tour-guide will provide you with such addresses (he might classify you as as one more tourist or guiri) so reaching the world’s most wondrous places is not an easy assignment. In fact, it’s a simple question of whom you know. Some of the world’s top designers are made in Spain and luxury brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and Carolina Herrera decided to move back their production to Ubrique, in Andalusia. Some of the most coveted saddles in the Emirates or United Kingdom come from Seville and Lladró arouses passions since 1953. Here is Paladar y Tomar‘s private hot list:
1. Bolaños Guarnicioneros
For everyday riding and ranch work, look no further than Ramón Bolaños, a professional in saddles, and riding accessories. Bolaños has been making one of best saddles ever using the traditional way dating back to 1966. Due to their functionality, comfort and dependability for both horse and rider, Ramón Bolaños saddles and riding accessories offers more than what you need for an exhilarating and relaxed ride. Out from Spain, The Emirates, Germany , France and UK are his main markets.
Created and designed by Iconic Xtrem Objects (IXO), a Spanish company, the Elysium pool table features a wide range of amazing technology including light-up sensor, silent elevation system and a touch screen. IXO is renowned for being the maker of one of the finest carbon fiber objects. Made of German Birch with a unique open arched pedestal support system, the Elysium pool table is a futuristic pool table that combines technology and design.
Dorantes is a company based in Lebrija (Seville) and a prominent figure when it comes to producing leather goods for the carriage. Established in 1994 by Francisco Dorantes, this young company is synonymous with high quality and classic craftsmanship. Dorantes has transformed the art of making garrisons in creative design and passion. Using the finest leather, textiles and professionals, the company offers great quality and personalized items to suit the most sophisticated needs.
4. Treserra Collection
Jaime Treserra is among the best unknowns when it comes to Spanish luxury crafts in Spain. The Tresserra Collection is a line of exquisite furnishings with showrooms in Barcelona and Paris. If you are looking for the perfect place to get some of the most beautifully hand crafted pieces in the world, look no further than Tresserra Collection. The craftsmanship and designs are stylish and classic, but it does make you go, Wow!
5. Felipe Conde
Using the best possible wood that is naturally dried, the Felipe Conde classical guitars are world renowned. These guitars have been used by world famous guitarists including Mario Escudero, de Marchena, Paco de Lucía and many more. Using especially selected and very light materials, Felipe Conde high-end flamenco and classical guitars constitute an icon of the best of Spanish crafts. These guitars produce the finest of sounds recognized the world all over.
6. Bagués – Masriera
Bagués-Masriera is one of the finest jewelry firm based in Barcelona. This firm offers classic jewelry collections that are hallmarks of contemporary styling (Bagués) and Art Nouveau (Masriera). Having been in business for over 200 years, Bagués-Masriera is a name to reckon with in the world of jewelry, silversmithing and goldsmithing. They are much more than a fine art jewelers.
7. La Cartuja de Sevilla
True to its legacy of almost two centuries, La Cartuja de Sevilla is a leader in the world of ceramic art since 1841. Offering great ornamental pieces and table sets, this luxury craft workshop is a classic porcelain crockery used daily at home. They are recognized for its high quality and is widely used by Spaniards both home and abroad.
Based in Valencia, Lladró is a great manufacturer of art porcelain figurines recognized for its high quality, soft coloring and smooth finish. Founded in 1953, Lladró has an amazing collection of porcelains angels, princess and several other incredible porcelain decorations. Every piece of work made by Lladró is a result of a laborious artistic process. This hand crafted pieces is a genuine expression of pure romanticism and love. Looking for the finest porcelain, the Lladró Boutique is the place to be.
9. Manolo Blahnik
Manolo Blahnik is one of the greatest Spanish shoe designers renowned for creating stunning ladies footwear. The manolos are easily recognizable thanks to their signature stiletto hell and luxurious texture. Featuring a combination of experimental design and modern touch, Manolo Blahnik has established himself as one of the world’s most influential footwear designers. In 2003, the Design Museum in London opened a major exhibition of his work. In 2005 he was asked by Hollywood costume designer Milena Canonero to design the shoes for Sofia Coppola’s movie, Marie Antoinette which also went on to win an Academy Award for Best Costume.In November 2011 Manolo received the Footwear News Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States. In 2012 he was awarded the British Fashion Council Outstanding Achievement Award and the very prestigious Premio Nacional de Diseño de Moda in Spain, and later in 2015 he was awarded the Couture Council Artistry of Fashion Award by the Couture Council of America.
10. Bench Bags
Ubrique’s leather history goes back to the roman times (c.II and III) and the Arab period (1300s). The location of the town in western Andalusia in the middle of a prehistoric cork tree forest with plenty of water resources was ideal for the leather tanning process. Bench Bags is one of that ateliers handcrafting some of the most desired handbags signed by Dior, Givenchy or Comme les Garçons. But if you are looking for the latest unique designs when it comes to ladies bags and accessories, Bench Bags can also help you, offering accessory bags used for all-around utility. They come in a wide range of sizes, design and shape to suit every soul. Next shopping stop: Ubrique.
Photographs: all images contained in this post have been borrowed from each original brand.