Entering the world of Iriarte, Iriarte handbags feels much like getting lost in the Born today (the neighborhood where it is located) in an unpredictable science fiction story. Its intricacies and constant metamorphosis are as incredible as they are overwhelming. However, the strong foundations that forged it prevent it from losing its idiosyncrasy to the tourist-alien avalanche (there will always be places to hide).
Iriarte, Iriarte handbags go their way without fear of the passage of time, without paying attention to trends and fast fashion
The wonderful leather handbags Puerto Rican Carolina L. Iriarte passionately makes by hand are a bit like that too. They have a graceful and restrained retro halo – as if coming from an imagined galaxy – that makes them almost objects of worship. They go their way without fear of the passage of time, without paying attention to trends and fast fashion; they feel almost sculptural, like objects that will accompanying you all your life while having their own parallel existence. Iriarte Iriarte bags that will save you on more than one occasion.
On the occasion of the brand’s presence in the next edition of MYBARRIO Club Pop Up Vol 4. en Soho House, we went for a walk with Carolina around the emblematic Barrio Born, where she lives –she moved here 8 years ago— and runs her brand.
1. Umbráculo of the Park of the Ciutadella (Passeig Picasso, s / n)
It is a space specializing in tropical and indoor plants. Not many people know this place and it is near my studio, so it is perfect to relax there during the week.
2. Koku Kitchen Buns (Carrer Comerç, 29)
Quality Asian cuisine at a good price. The star dish is the bun, homemade steamed bread with different options for filling and sauces. I like it because, besides being all delicious, it is very cozy and the owners are super friendly.
3. Vestiges of the temple of Augustus (Carrer Paradís, 10)
Vestigio of one of the temples found in the Barcino Forum, built during the 1st century B.C in honor of emperor Augustus. It is hidden in a house on Carrer Paradis, inside a small medieval courtyard, and although there are only four columns, it is one of the few corners in the neighborhood unknown by tourists. The perfect plan is to buy ice cream at Gelaaati and then enjoy it in this little paradise.
4. Casa Gispert (Sombrerers, 23)
It is a charming place that has been preserved since it opened in 1851. They roast nuts every day in their firewood furnace and sell coffee, cocoa and spices, olive oils, wines, jams and honey, among many other things. Good quality products and spices that are hard to come by.
5. Gaspar Foundation (Carrer de Montcada, 25)
A foundation promoted by Moishan Gaspar, descendant of the founder of the gallery of the same name that was opened between 1906 and 1996 and that organized exhibitions of universal artists such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. It is a good place to discover contemporary artists that are not commonly seen in the usual Barcelona circuits.
6. Green Spot (Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 12)
Mediterranean cuisine with influences from other cuisines around the world, served in a quiet and pleasant environment with fern-laden interior gardens. Each dish is a discovery of new flavors made with fresh seasonal products.
7. Hofmann Pastisseria (Carrer dels Flassaders, 44)
A French-style corner where baked cakes, biscuits, and the classic Hofmann croissants are baked daily. They have the best croissants in Barcelona; the raspberry and mascarpone ones are my favorites.
8. Passage of Manufacturas (Between Trafalgar and Sant Pere més Alt, 49)
A passage that connects the two streets, with a decadent but charming air where it seems that time has stopped. The perfect shortcut.
9. Impossible Barcelona (Carrer d’en Tantarantana, 16)
A famous instant photography shop that also has a gallery where workshops and international exhibitions are held. They offer a very good selection of cameras, books, magazines and curiosities, among other things.
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Photos © Cecilia Díaz Betz