Where were you born?
In Barcelona; I was always happy, playing outside, always by the sea. I always remember being aware of the horizon.
Where do you live now?
In Barcelona and Madrid. In Barcelona, I love the high quality of life, the sea and cycling everywhere.
Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
London, because I lived there when I was a stylist and I know all the cool joints and the wildest shops.
Which are your favourite Barcelona stores?
Lailo, for the best secondhand clothes, costumes and other stuff from the first half of the 20th century. Le Swing, for the best secondhand clothes and handbags from the second half of the 20th century. Ed Shoes, the best shoe shop in Barcelona for women. Against for mid-century furniture; it’s one of the best furniture vintage stores here, especially for the lamps and chairs. Novecento is an amazing vintage jewellery shop, if you have the money.
And your favourite restaurants?
Koy Shunka is the best Japanese in town – and one of the best in Europe! El Lobito has live flamenco, crazy characters and the best seafood in Barceloneta. Flash Flash is open almost 24/7 and is a classic for a Barcelona night out. You can have a good Bloody Mary and an omelette to die for at any time, served by waiters with bow ties; I love the 60s architecture and interior designs with images from Pomés, one of the best photographers from the golden artistic times of Barcelona – so cool and classic. Escribà is the place if you want a paella by the sea.
Do you have a favourite local café or bar?
El Mundial is the best place for a vermouth before dinner or tapas, which you can also have there. Picnic is friendly and cool. I love the staff, the cocktails and the chef is always doing amazing dishes; it’s such a good atmosphere that we all became friends. They organise the best new year party ever!
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
I take them on long walks in my neighbourhood and to the Santa Maria del Mar church, and for walks on the beach. We go up to the Miró museum, one of my favourite buildings, with the best roof terrace in Barcelona. I also take them to the Barceloneta area.
Where do you like to celebrate?
La Venta is a restaurant I like to go with my family. It is high up in the mountains with a view over the city; the dishes are amazing and the scallops are to die for. I also like La Caseta on top of Montjuic mountain – one of Barcelona’s best secrets. At weekends they hold barbecues outdoors with music and on Sundays you can lie on a hamaca [Mexican hammock] watching live flamenco and the sunset over the port.
Do you have a favourite Barcelona walk?
The walk from my place to the beach; I do it every Saturday and Sunday from spring to autumn.
Which do you think is the best museum in Barcelona?
The Miró museum or Caixa Forum.
Which person from Barcelona do you most admire and why?
Antoni Tàpies was an amazing man; he was the first Barcelona artist to explore mixed media and produce 3D art.
What insider tip can you give for exploring Barcelona?
Let yourself flow, get lost in the streets and ask people for directions!
Where do you like to travel for inspiration?
Anywhere: cities, other cultures, historic places, colourful places.
What can’t you live without?
My Moleskine, where I write everything, put my ideas in order and sketch.
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