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My Madrid favourites: Manuel Barceló

Manuel Barceló followed in his father’s footsteps when he decided to relaunch the family shoe business as Paloma Barceló, with traditional techniques and local artisans the focus of the brand

Fani Mari
Fani Mari,

Manuel Barceló is the founder and creative director of Spanish footwear brand Paloma Barceló. His creativity and individuality are translated into unique and personal designs that draw on the traditional handcraft techniques of Spain. He founded the brand in 2010, after taking over the family footwear business that his father founded in 1960; production is still carried out in in Elche, near Alicante, an important leather manufacturing centre. He tells Fani Mari about his favourite items and places to go in Madrid.

‘Eight & Bob is my favourite fragrance. Its perfectionism extends not only to the fragrance but also to the packaging and bottle, as well as the story behind the brand’

Eight & Bob The Original eau de parfum, 100ml, €150
Isolée, Calle de Claudio Coello 55, 28001 Madrid, +34 90 287 6136

‘There are pieces in every collection that become personal favourites of mine, and my favourite piece from our spring/summer 2018 collection is the Begonia black suede sandal. It’s one of my top picks for its unique design’


Paloma Barceló Begonia sandals

Paloma Barceló Begonia sandals, €275
Paloma Barceló, Calle de Claudio Coello 26, 28001 Madrid, +34 91 138 4992



Amazónico restaurant, Madrid

© Ale Megale

‘Madrid is the best city for food, so I always try to visit new places. The most recent place I visited is Amazónico, is great for cuisine and cocktails, as well as exclusive jazz music, which locals love’

Amazónico, Calle de Jorge Juan 20, 28001 Madrid, +34 91 515 4332


Apple AirPods, €179


‘I never travel without my iPhone earphones and charger in my bag’
Apple AirPods, €179
Apple, Plaza de la Puerta del Sol 1, 28013 Madrid, +34 91 769 9100


Josephine X lamp, from €2,810

© Eugeni Aguiló

‘If you’re in Madrid, I recommend buying a Josephine X floor lamp – a porcelain lamp in white, black and some limited-edition versions, numbered and signed by designer Jaime Hayón’

Josephine X lamp, from €2,810
Años Luz, Calle de Alcalá 111, 28009 Madrid, +34 91 575 2948



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