If you find yourself in Barcelona, you must (let me repeat, *must*) visit Kokua, a shop that sells only ballerina flats.
“Only” doesn’t do this shop justice. It sells every type of comfortable ballerinas you could imagine: from low key and classic to attention-getting works of art.
The clincher for me was that the shop is family owned (at least according to its website…which looks like it hasn’t been updated for a while, unfortunately). Try your luck getting in touch on their Facebook page. I’m not sure if they sell online, but it’s worth a shot.
I walked out with the fabulous ruby-red glitter covered darlings at the top for EUR 70. Nothing happened when I clicked my heels three times though.
Where’s Glenda the Good Witch when I need her?
Carrer de la Boqueria, 30 (Ciutat Vella off of La Rambla)
(The address above is the main store. There’s another branch very near it, but I think it’s for stock overflow.)
It shouldn’t have happened, but it did. I splurged and snagged a Nomos Glashütte pen and pencil set during a visit to the Zürich flagship store. The set comes with branded Post-Its, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener and a very practical mini chalkboard and on the inside of the case.
A work colleague is responsible for my downfall (shirking responsibility is a great stress reliever), as he showed me this tempting specimen with the knowledge that I had a weakness for writing instruments.
I’m not really sure how useful this set is, although the mechanical pencils and pen have become my traveling companions. But is useful really “useful” all the time?
Africa: starving children, war, and if there is art and design, it’s courtesy of “those poor folks” using recycled bean tins that fell off the back of an official UN lorry.
All sarcasm aside, art and design hailing from the continent seems to have a “story,” a story sometimes defined by well meaning, although slightly prone-to-stereotpyical-thinking Westerners.
“Making Africa,” an exhibit showing at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein (DE) slams the book on that story – finally – and introduces visitors to another chapter..one that has been known to those with a keen interest in art and design from the continent for a while.
I implore you: If you are anywhere in Switzerland or southern Germany, you must see this exhibit. I did. And was astounded.
The show was curated by Nigerian-born Okwui Enwezor, director of both Haus der Kunst in Munich and the 56th Venice Biennale.
Some of the works hail from brands, artists and designers such as Maki Oh (Nigeria), Cyrus Kabiru (Kenya) and Omar Victor Diop (Senegal).
There’s not that much to add to this video from Stylelikeu other than “thank you” for giving Ms Hardison a platform to speak. She is a true pioneer in the fashion industry, not just for us women of color, but for women overall.