Cecilia Díaz Betz

Thinking it is impossible nowadays to live off one’s passions reveals a lack of faith in humanity. And no wonder, one would think sometimes, because it is difficult to stop and escape the dizzying pace we are subjected to. Our hopes for a change in the system are dwindling fast. But, however hard it is for us to believe, everything is susceptible of change —the revolution takes place within oneself (maybe we should just avoid being convinced otherwise).

Her passion for vintage clothes, which she treats as if they were works of art, took her to do it her way of life

Nadia Pape proves there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Her passion for vintage clothes, which she treats as if they were works of art, took her to many flea markets. She then created the collection that has now become her livelihood thanks to her keen eye for fashion. Los Féliz is an online shop and physical showroom ​​where he sells vintage clothes that are true objects of desire. What started as a hobby is now a business she runs with style and personality, and which she combines with photography – if possible, analogue – to show her clothes.

Indeed it is hard to believe because, especially in fashion, thinks look rather gloomy. Fast fashion is rotting away our personality by leaps and bounds by generating a sense of binge-consuming, making us buy more and more clothes unthinkingly. Fortunately, criticism is being raised —though it seems the clear majority is not listening— and a new awareness is emerging. Slow fashion has learnt from the effectiveness of certain practices of yesteryear, based on quality rather than quantity. In addition to the many brands that are now going slow, the vintage fashion market is also helping reverse the situation, promoting the second life of the garments made with high-quality, durable fabrics.

If you still don’t know the wonderful world of Nadia Pape’s Los Féliz and you are willing to take this exciting tangent road, drop by MYBARRIO Club Pop Up Vol 4. en Soho House on Sunday. This is a perfect opportunity to see and touch her wonderful pieces from firms such as Moschino and Loewe to other unknown brands that stand out for their original design.

We asked her to give us a few tips to visit the Gothic Quarter.

  1. Momiche (Carrer dels Lledó, 5)One of the best kept secrets of Gothic area. They sell luxury vintage and haute couture couture clothes and have an atelier for tailor-made clothes. Rather formal clothes but carefully selected. If you are looking for an exclusive Chanel, Dior, YSL garment, this is your place.
  2. Comercialdos (Carrer dels Tiradors, 7)I love dried fruits and honeys, and this store sells them in bulk. Local products, spices and vegetables are also available.
  3. Bar Cervantes Restaurant (Carrer de Cervantes, 7)A family restaurant that has been open for three generations. Now it is run by three sisters and has a loyal clientele of local workers. It is the perfect cafeteria for having breakfast while reading the newspaper leisurely. It is a place with the authenticity and aroma of a traditional restaurant. It also serves a homemade lunch menu (‘Cuina de mercat’) based on traditional dishes. The employees are charming and you feel like being in an oasis within the gentrified, tourist-laden neighborhood.
  4. Mona Pastissos (Carrer Assaonadors)A recently opened,small patisserie. Cakes are from another planet. It’s a takeaway not fit for dieters.
  5. L’arca (Carrer dels Banys Nous, 20) A beautiful shop selling antique textiles housed in a Gothic building. If you are going to get married, I would say this is the place in Barcelona to buy your dress. Besides, you will find a lot of lace, kimonos… I’m crazy about their nightgowns and silk lingerie.
  6. Heritage (Carrer de la Palla, 27)My favorite antique shop in the city. It specializes in textile fashion and 18thcentury garments, as well as jewelry, jewelry and accessories from the 1920s and 1930s for the most part. There are few yet incredible clothes. It’s a great place for accessories, bags, footwear… If you are looking for YSL 1970s earrings, this is your place.
  7. Memento (Carrer de Sant Honorat, 11)A furniture and vintage décor shop with affordable Scandinavian pieces from the 60s and 70s. I love their lamp collection. The perfect store if you’ve just moved or if you’re looking for the perfect bedside table.