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Happy, Joy and Love

1 photo = 1 Euro towards the fight against child poverty

Happy, Joy and Love have arrived at the Village to inspire our visitors with the values of Christmas. JOY is a vivacious, positive, creative and enthusiastic queen. HAPPY is sprightly, mischievous, fun and full of life. LOVE is the more tender, affectionate, dreamy and gentle queen.

If you happen to come across one of the three queens at the Village, be sure to capture the magical moment and share it using #LaRocaVillage. For every photo featuring Happy, Joy and Love, La Roca Village will donate one euro towards Save the Children’s campaigns to tackle child poverty.

This Christmas, watch La Roca Village transform into a truly unique showcase venue. The leading drama school, El Timbal, has created this unique Christmas scene, which is where the magical quest to find that perfect gift begins. Three young actresses from El Timbal, under the artistic guidance of the school itself, wearing dreamlike costumes created by the Catalan fashion designer Bibian Blue, and styled by hair and makeup artist Luciana Sabariz, all take centre stage in performances that will dazzle both children and adults alike.

Giving is a gift in itself, and even more so when the people you are giving to are those who need it most. This charity campaign will benefit 120 children who are at risk of crossing into social and economic poverty, from seven towns in Vallés Oriental: Aiguafreda, Lliçà de Vall, Figaró, Montornès del Vallès, Canovelles, Granollers and La Roca del Vallès.

The Coach Edit

Holiday details: The coach edit

The perfect holiday accessories, handpicked by Coach.

While your capsule winter wardrobe may be well under way, it’s all in the detail when it comes to festive dressing. Luckily, our friends over at Coach have Christmas curation down. Here’s our guide to winter’s finishing touches – treat your loved ones or treat yourself, the choice is yours.

 

Visit the Coach boutique at La Roca Village now. 

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Cocktail party etiquette 101

Christmas with the editors: Amy Heffernan

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The third in our three-part series, Amy Heffernan Interiors Director at Wallpaper* magazine talks traditional decorations, vintage cocktails and treasures from her travels. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code…The dress code for cocktails this year will be black with a hint of sparkle. A statement brooch or bracelet to finish off the outfit alongside a low court shoe so I can happily dance the night away. A Puffa jacket is top of my hit list to pair with statement earrings too – I’m searching for one with a big collar.

On the menu…I love my homemade dim sum, siu mai and dumplings along with Vietnamese summer rolls. These are really unexpected party foods and always surprise my guests. Have fun with the contents and serve everything family style – this way you can create a really beautiful table while keeping an intimate sharing feel. It’s great fun choosing tableware that can all sit together in an elegant display too.

Decking the halls…I like to have oranges studded with cloves, they give off such a beautiful scent. Then for decoration, I’ll keep it fairly modern with elements of tradition. My real tree will be as tall as possible and covered in baubles collected on my travels. I also love to add bows made from my favourite ribbons for a modern vintage look. Vintage cocktail recipe books are great as well for ideas on themes to entertain guests. To ensure I’m prepared, I’ll always pop into Le Creuset and Zwilling to pick up some pieces for my dinner parties.

Cocktail party etiquette 101

Christmas with the editors: Harriet Quick

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The second in our three part series, editor and journalist Harriet Quick talks crystal-decked trees, Saint Laurent manicures and spending Christmas in paradise. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code…I tend to start from the heels up – I love Jimmy Choo's Cruise collection that features removable Swarovski crystal motifs, brooches and pins that you can use to customise clutches and heels. My obsession with 'Cinderella Shoes' has taken on a new dimension having written the just-released box book Vogue: The Shoe. I’ll be wearing these with tuxedo suits or a fabulous feathery jacket.

For me, it's all about interchangeable pieces – so a ruffled blouse and voluminous tailored trouser, an asymmetric hemmed skirt and vest top, and an outsized Puffa jacket such as those by Balenciaga and Stella McCartney are all on my wish list.

This year, I’ll be spending Christmas in Vietnam on a small island called Pho Quoc and afterwards travelling to Cambodia. It will be board shorts and a bikini in the morning followed by a breezy silk dress by Prada. By then, I will have picked up some local finds. Vietnam has wonderful silver jewellery.

Cocktail party etiquette 101

Christmas with the editors: Alice Casely-Hayford

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The first in our three part series, Fashion Editor @Refinery29UK Alice Casely-Hayford talks picture perfect style, elegant interiors and avoiding reindeer on the roof. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code…I’m still into last season’s killer trends – ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes – so the more frills the better! I’ll be wearing an off-the-shoulder midi dress or a ruffled blouse with tapered black trousers and velvet sandals. Velvet is only for the brave, so I’ll make do with accessories rather than a full-on look, for now. Beauty wise, I love a barely-there base with a deep plum or glittering red lip. Make-up artist Pat McGrath has been doing this a lot recently and it’s a winner for the festive season.

On the menu…Something in a big sharing platter – nothing too fussy so everyone can get stuck in. Maybe a risotto, seafood linguine or rich tagine. I love cavolo nero, pumpkin, chestnuts and cranberries – all the winter seasonal foods that makes me feel festive. My tip for avoiding pre-party chaos it to prep as much as you can the day before and allocate enough time so you’re not locked in the kitchen when your guests arrive.

Decking the halls…Quite simple. A humble tree and chic baubles. I’m not one for banners, party hats or flashing reindeer on the roof. I prefer more understated elegance. My mother has always decorated our family home beautifully with minimal, sophisticated pieces gathered on her travels. I love Le Creuset and The White Company for homewares at the moment.

Perfect party pieces

What to wear to every festive scenario

‘Tis the season to be merry – and let’s be honest, the more on-point your festive look, the merrier you’ll feel. Considering we dedicate so many hours to shopping for others over the festive period, it’s only fair that we treat ourselves to a few pieces, too. From the office party to the school reunion – tackle whatever festive scenario is thrown your way. Here’s every dress, clutch, suit and boot you need in your armoury. Did someone say open bar?

THE SCHOOL REUNIONIf you’ve managed to escape an official reunion, we commend you – but let’s get real for a second. Being back in your hometown for the holidays equals at least one guaranteed run-in with an ex, your school nemesis or your annoyingly attractive former neighbour. Counteract any awkwardness with a killer party look…

THE CHRISTMAS EVE ESCAPEIt’s the night before Christmas, and while you’ve got plenty of last-minute wrapping and potato peeling to do, you naturally find yourself in denial at the local pub. The good news is you’re not alone. Enter your entire friendship group, as well as random members of their extended family who were also desperate to get out of the house. Here are your go-to pieces for low-key elegance…

THE OFFICE PARTYOffice party dressing is a fine art – and call us crazy, but we kind of love the challenge. You need something statement enough to serve as an icebreaker for that initial, and quite frankly, painful first hour – and something elegant enough to dance freely in once the champagne starts flowing. The search is over…

THE FAMILY GATHERINGIf it’s your own family, you can probably get away with slippers, jeans and your trusty Christmas jumper. If it’s your other half’s side, we’re sorry but your outfit is going to require significantly more effort. Think luxe textures, rich hues, simple silhouettes and beautiful details. Voilà…

Custom Studio

Customise your denim purchases at Pepe Jeans

Visit the Pepe Jeans Custom Studio in the boutique at La Roca Village, where you will be able to customise your Pepe Jeans denim purchases and be unique! Take your imagination to the limit and create an exclusive look for just €5.

Which was the result of @atrendylife? Discover how Rebeca Labara chose to customise her Pepe Jeans denim jacket.

Patricia Sañés from @CoolhunterDiary has already customised her denim jacket – don’t miss this chance to stand out from the crowd with Pepe Jeans Custom Studio.

#Pepejeanscustomstudio

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Art in the Village

This autumn, La Roca Village hosts an installation from artist Eva Armisén

Ten endearing figures have arrived at La Roca Village, offering guests the chance to discover unique experiences and those everyday moments that fill us with happiness.

Cristina, Bruno, Marc and May are a group of friends who will be in the Village until 31 October 2016. They have not come alone, they are visiting with a group of happy dogs that the Village’s younger guests are sure to enjoy meeting: Rei, Pep, Cocó, Stella, Olivia and Jean Paul. Usually, they stand quietly in front of Café y Tapas, Andreu and the Tourist Information Centre, however, they sometimes like to move around to enjoy the boutiques and the services at La Roca Village. Follow their movements on the Village’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

How did they get there? What are they like? What do they dream and think about? Your imagination can complete the story…

SHARE YOUR IMAGES We want to bring the art closer to you so you can live it as well. Visit the Village, interact and take photos with them – and, the most important thing, tell us about your experience!

Upload your images with our visitors on Instagram using #DestinationHappy and mentioning @LaRocaVillage for your chance to win one of the four sets of products illustrated by artist Eva Armisén. The most beautiful, happy and original four images will win the prize. Find the terms and conditions of the contest here.

Season rules

New season, new rules

Fashion Editor Harriet Quick on the trends to watch this season.

Individualism, expression, street-savvy chic and opulence – fashion is painting a bold and very compelling portrait for the Autumn/Winter season. This is the time to draw on your own impeccable taste and shine through with an artful mash up of stylistic memes and singular, distinctive pieces. The only golden rule is to buy what excites both your heart and your mind.

Menswear for womenWe have moved on from the boyfriend jacket to fully plunder the men’s wardrobe. What we love about menswear is the quality of fabric, the uniform appeal and that fine attention to detail. Look out for lean-fitting pieces from brands, zoning in on blazers, city coats, biker and bomber jackets, sweatpants and French cuff fine cotton shirts. These pieces will be companions if not for life, then for the foreseeable future.

Jacquard and flockingConjure up images of Renaissance beauties and Pre-Raphaelite muses and that’s the kind of poetic opulence that fashion is indulging in right now. The richness is in the fabrics with silk brocades and floral patterned jacquards looking both noble and decadent. Floor-grazing skirts, high-waisted trousers or tunics and sinuous evening gowns will make you feel utterly ‘dressed.’

Puffa jacketsWhile the parka dominated last year, the Puffa jacket has come into its own for autumn and the bigger and more cocooning, the better. Count the Puffa jacket’s blessings: warm, rainproof, lightweight and wonderful to cuddle up under on a long-haul flight. Look out for jewel-like colours and make a Puffa your new topper for evening dresses and all.

The suit edit

Autumn investments: The suit edit

With autumn approaching and a whole host of events on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to invest in a new suit. Classically tailored with the perfect fit, we believe a suit can make your look stronger, sharper and overall more sartorially refined. If that's not ample justification for a new purchase, we don't know what is. From Oxford shoes to double breasted jackets, we’ve got everything you need to turn your wardrobe into a gentlemen’s dream.

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The coat edit

Autumn investments: The coat edit

The most important component of your winter wardrobe? It’s got to be the coat. Cocoon us in cashmere and wrap us in wool – when it comes to finding that luxe top layer, it has to be just right. To save you Insta-scrolling and Pinterest-boarding way into the early hours (guilty?), we’ve done the hard work for you and scoped out the chicest cover-ups around. Buy now, or be cold later. You’ve been warned.

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The boot edit

Autumn investments: The boot edit

There’s no business like shoe business – and by the time autumn rolls around, we can’t think of anything we’d rather spend our savings on. The cold weather throws up enough sartorial challenges to deal with, so forgive us for seeking consolation in leather lace-ups and knee-high suede. To cover all boot bases, invest in an irresistible supply of shapes and shades. Here are the pairs we’ll be coveting this season.

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The bag edit

Autumn investments: The bag edit

We know you don't need an excuse to invest in a new handbag – but a statement carryall is a truly effortless way to inject a hit of colour and texture to your autumn wardrobe. With tartan, snakeskin, faux fur and jewels all back on the scene, it’s time to replace that summer tote and search for a more refined bag to complement those new season staples. The catwalk has opened up the door to satchel straps, backpacking and cross-body bags, so whatever style you’re lusting after, invest wisely with our top picks.

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Editor’s tips

Finding the perfect timepiece

Accessories editor Jessica Diamond shares her tips on finding the perfect watch this autumn…

It’s a watch minefield out there, or a timepiece smorgasbord, or an overwhelming, overcrowded horological marketplace. Whichever way you look at it, we’ve broken it down to a few of the basics and some.

Quartz or mechanical

The issue of how your watch is powered is probably the biggest pre-purchase decision you will need to make. Quartz timepieces are more accurate, invariably cheaper and more convenient – you should only need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. If you love the inner workings of a watch and you have the budget, you should invest in a mechanical one – your choice is hand-wound (exactly that) or automatic – which relies on the movement of your wrist to store kinetic energy to power the watch.

Get with the lingo

Autumn’s must-have

Accessories please: Autumn’s must-have pieces

From Art Deco clutch bags to decorative brooches, Harriet Quick shares the accessories at the top of her wish list…

In this era of expressive, individualised fashion, accessories are witnessing a renaissance with a whole array of joyful, playful pieces that add a sense of character to any look. Hunt for designs that are meaningful to you, whether that’s a crystal hair clip or a tapestry handbag.  

Brooches

Right now, personal, symbolic jewellery should be top of any wish list with badges, brooches and pins decorating everything from jackets to heels. More is more – so go for excess with a multitude of crystal clips to ‘do up’ tousled locks and an array of brooches to soup up utilitarian jackets.

Fur purses

Anniversary of Coach

Coach celebrates 75 years as America’s original house of leather

Renowned for its rich heritage and innovative designs, Coach celebrates its 75th anniversary this year…

Seamlessly balancing strong durability with an edgy and elegant aesthetic, Coach has been crafting the finest leather goods since 1941 – and although the brand’s identity may have evolved over the years, the dedication to quality and focus on refined expression has remained the same.

The brand’s humble beginnings trace back to 1941, with a small, family-run workshop in the heart of New York City. Inspired by the precise design of a baseball glove, company founder Miles Kahn and his team of six artisans created a collection of 12 handbags using the same meticulous stitch work  – and so the Coach brand was born.

The classic pieces struck a chord with the fashion crowd and gradually the label began to expand. In 1962, American sportswear pioneer Bonnie Cashin designed the famous duffle bag, firmly securing Coach a coveted spot on the luxury landscape – but it was the appointment of new CEO and future Chairman, Lew Frankfort, that really enabled Coach to find its niche. Frankfort recognised consumers’ desire for affordable luxury and by bridging the high street and high-end gap, Coach rapidly grew into the iconic fashion brand that it is today.

Recognised across the globe for its distinctive representation of American style, Coach beautifully captures the vibrant energy of New York through its carefully crafted pieces. Resonating with fashion-forward men and women of all ages, the label has been worn by high-profile icons such as Madonna and Prince – and, today, has caught the attention of a younger celebrity crowd, thanks to British visionary Stuart Vevers.

Collaborate with Save the Children

Give some colour to La Roca Village

Once again, La Roca Village is collaborating with Save the Children.

From 20 August 2016 on, the Village will be raising funds to assist in eradicating child poverty in Catalonia.To make a donation, visit the Tourist Information Centre and in exchange you will receive a book and some colouring pencils to help decorate the Village.

Your donation will help the campaign that aims to break the cycle of the inter-generational transmission of poverty through education; an essential tool to guarantee real and sustainable changes in children´s lives.

Give some colour to La Roca Village and join the campaign with Save the Children!

This campaign will be active until stock lasts.

From 15 to 17 November

La Roca Village welcomes the first innovation laboratory 'The Smart Boutique'

From 15 to 17 November 2016, discover the boutique of the future at La Roca Village.

La Roca Village launches the first innovation laboratory with the ‘Smart Boutique’, a space that aims to show guests the shopping experience of the future. This ‘smart retail’ prototype will preview the latest trends and technological developments that will improve consumers’ shopping experience.

It is a project that has been developed together with a group of technological companies (Admira, Idneo, Intel, Microsoft and Panasonic) with the support of La Roca Village.

This initiative coincides with the celebration of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 taking place in Barcelona, and is part of the Catalonia Smart Country Tour. La Roca Village has been one of the locations chosen by the organisation to announce technological developments.

Q&A

Vadim Galaganov

The stylist Vadim has extensive experience in the fashion world, he has worked as a stylist with several international glossy magazines and has advised some of the most recognizable celebrities, such as Gerard Butler, David Gandy, Lapo Elkan, Adrian Brody among others.

Vadim visited La Roca Village in September 2016.

How do you spice up a basic outfit?We all have different lifestyle choices which reflect in our clothes. Everyone has his own basic outfit – some of us wear suits, some of us wear jeans as basics. Spicing up a look shouldn’t be too challenging; basic jeans and a t-shirt can be matched with a scarf/jacket for a classic evening look, or a businessman in a suit all day can feel more comfortable in the evening by just removing his tie.

How does one’s personality can be express in his outfit?In my opinion, it’s important for the person to wear the outfit rather than the other way round. Every item of clothing looks different on any given individual; the person wearing it gives the outfit a personality.

Menswear

The favourites of Manuel Ordovás

Casual lookAs you know, I am in love with Sandro and every time I go to La Roca Village I have to visit the boutique. On this occasion, I did not hesitate in choosing my five-star piece. This bi-coloured Manchester coat, combined with jeans, black boots and fox-printed sweater create the perfect look for everyday wear or weekend drinks.

Suit look The suit, available in two or three pieces, should be the perfect fit. For a different look, we have changed the dark suit for a grey Prince of Wales check from Hackett that, when combined with a woollen tie available in three colours, and blue shirt, gives a breath of fresh air to the outfit. What do you think?

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Summer of sport

It's time to get back on track. From bold hues to cutting-edge prints, energise and empower your workouts this summer with our hand-picked edit of stylish sportswear.

Visit La Roca Village to discover your new pieces!

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City guide

48 hours in Paris

Experience Paris like a local with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

AkrameRenowned for its innovative approach to food, Akrame is without a doubt one of the city’s hippest hotspots. Carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients, Chef Akrame Benallal invents dishes that truly push creative boundaries. Combining tastes, flavours and textures in unexpected ways, Benallal delivers each dish to your table to discuss and describe the ingredients. The opulent yet understated interior only adds to the ambience – this is a Michelin-starred dining experience not to be missed.

19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, France

SeptimeNestled amongst the picturesque bookshops and artistic boutiques of Rue Charonne lies charming restaurant Septime. Created by French cooking sensation Chef Bertrand Grébaut, each dish is pure, seasonal and delicious. Designed by a former student of Penninghen design school, the mirrored walls, industrial accents and antique furniture set the scene for the perfect meal. What’s more, the menu changes by the day so prepare to be happily surprised on each and every visit.

City guide

48 hours in Milan

Experience Milan like a local this fashion season with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

Carlo e Camilla in SegheriaThis unique dining concept opened in 2014, but its unexpected offering and pioneering aesthetic continues to make waves across the city years later. Created by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci and set in a former sawmill, take in the restaurant's soaring structure as you savour exquisite dishes. The graphic, monochromatic space is part of a new wave of creative dining – and it’s worth noting that this is as much a social experience as any, with visitors dining side by side on the elegant, elongated tables.

Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141 Milan, Italy

Pasticceria CucchiA trip to Italy simply wouldn’t be complete without tasting the array of traditional desserts. One of the most stylish spots in which to indulge has to be Pasticceria Cucchi, a firm favourite amongst the fashion pack since its opening in 1936. If you’re looking for the ideal place to indulge in the Milanese tradition of cocktails and canapés before dinner, this authentic old-school patisserie is renowned for its buzzy aperitivo hour. We recommend stumbling upon this charming neighbourhood haunt on a warm, balmy evening – and be sure to get there early for a coveted spot under the trees outside.

City guide

48 hours in London

From charismatic cocktail bars to Art Deco hotels, we’ve got everything you need for a stylish stay in the capital…

DINE

Bourne and Hollingsworth BuildingsLight, airy and eclectic, this Clerkenwell brasserie is a botanical paradise simply perfect for a spot of brunch. The characterful interior is a bespoke mix of old and new – with antique armchairs, sumptuous textures, clean lines and tropical plants. As for the menu, from homemade granola to Huevos Benedictos, B&H has got you covered – and don’t miss the bottomless Bellinis made with fresh fruit puree.

Salmontini Le RestoSituated in the heart of Belgravia, Salmontini le Resto is our go-to for a decadent dinner in the city. This luxurious restaurant specialises in exquisite salmon dishes, sushi and other Middle Eastern fare, all served in an opulent setting. Stuck for choice? We recommend the Alaskan black cod with sweet miso marinade followed by the chocolate dome for dessert.

CoyaBringing the spirit of Latin America to Piccadilly, Peruvian restaurant Coya is an incredible dining experience that is not to be missed. Located next to Hyde Park, the mysterious lighting and interior create an electric atmosphere, and the menu fuses traditional Peruvian cooking with contemporary cuisine for an incredible taste sensation.

Face the Back To Real Life with style

Working 9 to 5: Inside the office of three fashion creatives

We hate to break it to you, but come September you’re tousled hair and sandals just won’t cut it for the office. Time for our annual reinvention. From what to throw on when you’re running late to nailing that Pinterest-worthy desk, three fashion insiders share how they go ‘back-to-school’ in style. You might even make it in for 9am.

THE STUDENT: Lily Kate of www.jolihouse.com 

On her capsule working wardrobe

Currently coveting…Velvet.  I’ll be keeping my eye out for a well cut pair of high waisted jeans, and maybe a skirt or two.  It’s not overly dressy, but is just that bit different for when denim gets boring.  I’m loving the dusky pinks and purples trend too, so lots of plum and raspberry.

Barcelona Designers' Collective

Carol Peña selection

Carol Peña is the art director, photographer and traveller behind the exquisite images of @misshedwig that every day inspires more than 600,000 followers on Instagram. During her visit to La Roca Village, Carol Peña set her imagination free at the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique, where she was impressed by the talent and creativity from Hey Studio, Jordi Canuda, Las Coleccionistas, Maria Roch and PeBe Store, among others. All of her selected pieces can be found at the Barcelona Designers’ Collective boutique at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.

Carol Peña selects: 

HEY STUDIO

Tropic Print poster: Giclée print on Decor Smooth Art paper. It is hand-sealed. Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm Price: €35Find out more about HEY STUDIO >

JORDI CANUDASDipping Light lamp in brass: Dipping Light is the result of a methodology that produces lamps that deepen the light directly into colour. Layer by layer, different colour intensities are added to the light, making unique patterns for each lamp. Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 25 cmPrice: €145Find out more about JORDI CANUDAS >

The bet for the emerging talent

Barcelona Designers' Collective in the press

Barcelona Designers' Collective online:

Elle.es 'El futuro del diseño'

Vanity Fair 'Ocho nuevos diseñadores a los que seguir la pista este verano'

La Vanguardia 'Un escaparate para el talento'

Els Matins de TV3'El bo i millor dels joves dissenyadors de Catalunya en una sola botiga'

Barcelona Designers' Collective

Silvia Bartabac selection

The fashion blogger, travel and lifestyle expert Silvia Bartabac, editor of the blog bartabacmode.net, finds inspiration in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective boutique with casual and cool garments from emerging fashion talents and unique decoration. All these items can be found in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.

Silvia Bartabac selects:

1. BASEssential N5 mini flowerpot for little cactus and plants, it has an integrated plate to allow water retention.Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 cmPrice: €30Find out more about BAS >

2. IKALinen striped kimono, ideal for its versatility.Price: CPVFind out more about IKA >

3. ZAZO & BRULLLong natural silk shirt in light pink, with wide, three-quarter-length sleeves.Price: €56Find out more about ZAZO&BRULL >

Barcelona Designers' Collective

Cup of Couple selection

Mike Madrid and Gabriel García, editors of the blog cupofcouple.com, jump into the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique with their particular vision. Below are some of the designs that most stood out for this creative duo. You can find all of them in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.

Cup of Couple selects:

1. CIERTO ESTUDIO

Totem 8 – Totems is a series of cement lamps considered sculptures. A simple set-up system that allows you to exchange pieces of the lamp with relative ease gives you freedom to personalise the piece.Dimensions: 38 x 12 x 12 cm Price: €220Find out more about CIERTO ESTUDIO>

2. KRIZIA ROBUSTELLAUFO Party denim long-sleeve shirt with printed patches by Amaia Arrazola. Price: €95Find out more about KRIZIA ROBUSTELLA >

Barcelona Designers' Collective

Paula Ordovás selection

Journalist, public relations expert and fashion blogger Paula Ordovás is passionate about fashion, however, during the launch of the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique, the blog editor of MyPeepToes.com could not stop admiring daily objects reconstructed into unique designs, thanks to the creativity and ability of the emerging talents Bas, Bussoga, Casa Atlântica, Quimana and Don Fisher. You will find all of them in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.

Paula Ordovás selects:

1. BASEssencial N2 flowerpot – it protects the plant from the direct sunlight and retains the light in interior spaces due to its concave shape.Dimensions: 20.5 x 28 cmPrice: €85Find out more about BAS >

2. BUSSOGAFour ceramic coasters with fish illustrations.Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.8 cm Price: €24.50

If you like this fish design, you will also love the ceramic board, a tile with adhesive back and whiteboard pen to write notes.Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 0.8 cmPrice: €18.15

Get ready

Holiday packing: fashion essentials for every getaway

From luxury city breaks to week-long retreats, a summer holiday can instil a sense of creative inspiration, providing the perfect opportunity to experiment with your style. This season, pack beautifully with statement pieces that combine bold design with delicate detail. Here are our top picks for your favourite destinations…

BEACH BREAKFor long days by the water, rich hues will lend a refined aesthetic when layered under free-flowing silhouettes. Think luxe separates with bold undertones for subtle summer vibrancy. 

CITY BREAKThe key to city packing is to curate a contemporary capsule that moves seamlessly from day to night. Covet a quirky mix of tailored shapes and transformative jewellery for effortless elegance.

COUNTRY BREAKFor a country escape, opt for bohemian prints in soft pastel shades for a romantic twist on summertime style. Keep the look beautifully balanced by pairing your statement pieces with neutral accessories. 

ACTIVE BREAKFrom rejuvenating yoga retreats to hiking in the sun, nothing boosts wellbeing like a fitness-focused break. Supercharge your holiday workouts with our collection of dynamic, design-driven activewear.

Get the look

Are you festival ready?

Festival season is just around the corner, and whilst you may start off with the perfect side braid and artfully applied make-up – crowds, camping and crazy weather can really throw your look off point.  So to get you ready for the most Instagrammed season of the year, we’ve asked three top bloggers to share their style, beauty and wellness secrets. Selfie sticks at the ready!

Sophia from theskinnyandthecurvyone.com

Style tribe:Edgy urban

Where she’s going:Chiemsee Summer Festival.

Discover some summer tips

Summer Beauty

When it comes to summer beauty, mastering that effortless post-beach glow isn’t always easy. Sun, salt and chlorine can all interfere, wreaking havoc on our hair and skincare regimes. From textured waves to beautifully bronzed skin, the perfect sun-kissed finish calls for a touch of beauty prep – so we’ve asked three top bloggers to share their rituals for the season ahead.

Monica of mesvoyagesaparis.com

Beauty muse:I adore a chic daytime vibe – Olivia Palermo and Chiara Ferragni are my make-up muses.

In the summer make-up bag:Lip balm, face cream, lip-gloss and bronzing pearls.

Invigorate, energise and restore yourself

Supercharge your workout

While dynamic workouts are a crucial component of that summer body reboot, the steps you take before, during and after exercise are integral for keeping your lifestyle goals on track. From mood-boosting superfoods to supplement-infused oils, energise your body and balance your mind with our top tips to training harder…

INVIGORATE

UPON WAKING: For your first glass of the day, try infusing freshly squeezed lemon and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper into your water. The vitamin C, antioxidants and electrolytes in the lemon stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes, helping to oxygenate and detoxify the body. Meanwhile the cayenne pepper helps to regulate blood sugar and kick-start the metabolism by raising body temperature.

MOOD-BOOSTING BREAKFAST: For a revitalising twist on your usual smoothie or protein shake, why not experiment with different natural boosters? Try aloe vera for troublesome digestion, echinacea for its flu-fighting properties or ginseng for natural stress reduction.

THE POWER OF SCENT: If you tend to lose your focus mid workout, pack a small bottle of scented oil into your gym bag and massage onto your skin before you begin. Energising scents such as orange, peppermint and eucalyptus have been shown to improve concentration and hand-eye coordination.

Discover Catalonia

Benvinguts a pagès

From 17 to 19 June 2016, farmers all around Catalonia will be holding open days at their farms, ready to show us their herds, market gardens, workshops, fields, etc. The best way to get to know, enjoy and buy the produce of our land! You can visit farms in all parts of Catalonia and spend a perfect weekend with the Benvinguts a Pagès menu and special packages for your stay.Find out more:benvingutsapages.cat

Get the new official collection

New official collection FC Barcelona Nike Vapor 2016/17

Do not miss the new official collection from FC Barcelona, the football team that inspires fans all over the world. Discover the new FC Barcelona Nike Vapor 2016/17 kit with Aeroswift technology, merchandising items and tickets for Camp Nou.

Get the look

Discover the Scalpers Summer Collection

Scalpers is a brand defined by urban and sports trends, designed for men who understand the importance of details.

Discover the newly arrived summer collection and embrace the Scalpers style!

Summer swimwear collection by Scalpers. (From left to right in the image above) Camouflage swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Blue squares swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Red print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Green print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Black swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Blue print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Floral print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43  Yellow swimming trunks: RRP €55/La Roca Village price €36 Blue swimming trunks: RRP €55/La Roca Village price €36

23 April

Celebrate ‘Sant Jordi’ at La Roca Village

Enjoy this festivity with storytellers, face-painting and other surprises!

SOLIDARY ROSES
During your visit to the Village, receive a solidarity rose*. The roses are handmade by disabled women at the Vicente Ferrer Foundation’s workshops in India.

STORYTELLERS
If you want to know the legend of ‘Sant Jordi’ from beginning to end, come and listen to our storyteller in front of Burberry at the following times: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00.

FACE PAINTERS
Let our face painters transform you into your favourite superhero. They will be located at the Mori Restaurant square from 11.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00.

‘Sant Jordi’ is a unique celebration. We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 23 April 2016.

*1,400 units available.

Job Fair

Are you looking for an international career at La Roca Village?

This year, La Roca Village has organised the fifth edition of its Job Fair; an open day which assists brands in the Village in filling hundreds of job vacancies. Through this annual event, candidates are offered the possibility to develop and train in a professional career with a significant international presence.

In the last edition, La Roca Village collaborated with Luxetalent to organise the interviews and the selection of candidates, with Servei d’Ocupació de Catalunya, the Ajuntament de La Roca del Vallès, the Escola Superior de Comerç I Distribució (ESCODI), the Escuela de Turismo CETT-UB, the consultancy Hen Kuai and Casa Asia.

If you would like to become a part of the La Roca Village team, ensure you do not miss any updates about the next Job Fair and look out for details of which brands will be collaborating in the next event.

 

Interview with

Fern Mallis

International ambassadress of the project Barcelona Designers' Collective, 2015 edition. Winning creator of the Fashion Week in New York City.Can you talk to us about your involvement with this year's Barcelona Designers’ Collective? This is my first experience, seeing and participating with the Barcelona Designers’ Collective. I’ve looked to all of the various products design in the retail store in here and I’m being very impressed with it. I’m here to help give it some more visibility and talk about it to the media. I look forward to meeting the designers, and if there’s advice that I can give them, I’m here to do that.

What initially attracted you to the project and why is it important to you?I’ve spent my entire career nurturing and sustaining emerging talent, and consulting many different fashion weeks around the country that focus on emergent talent. I’m a big supporter of that, so when I was invited by La Roca Village to participate, I thought this would be a lovely opportunity to further that mission of discovering and helping emerging talent.

The Barcelona Designers’ Collective will not only discover but also champion emerging design talent - what qualities do you think are essential to succeed in today's design and fashion industries?The first element is talent and creativity and creating something that has a point of view and that is not something you see anywhere else. What you need to be successful in this industry is that vision, passion and you need a partner, you need financing and you need to know how to run a business or have a partner who can run that business with you.

In your opinion, what a designer has to do to emerge?One of the things a designer can do is get their application and try to get into this Designer Collective of La Roca Village. This is a whole new world with internet and social media, so they need to cultivate and create a strong social media presence. There are a lot of young emerging designers that don’t even have to be in a breaking modern store anymore. They can really do business in this new area, but they need to have an identity and a point of view on something that is consistent.

Why should La Roca Village customers be excited about the Barcelona Designers’ Collective? It’s an exciting opportunity for all the international guests and all the shoppers that are coming through here who know what some of the brands are and what they are looking at in the village. But I think there’s a sense of discovery, of discovering something new, and all good shoppers like to find something that nobody else has, and the Barcelona Designers’ Collective really allows that sense of discovery.

2015 edition

Barcelona Designers' Collective

Until 8 November 2015La Roca Village supports up-and-coming talents in the pop-up boutique Barcelona Designers' Collective. This second edition has been created in collaboration with FAD (Fostering Arts & Design) and will showcase the creations from different design disciplines: fashion, graphic design and illustration, product design, crafts and contemporary jewellery.

#LaRocaVillage #BarcelonaDesignersCollectivePANEL OF EXPERTSA panel of experts, consisting of renowned professionals of international prestige associated with different areas of design, has supported the Barcelona Designers’ Collective by endorsing the project, the products and the participating talent. This panel of experts value the creative talent, imagina- tion, originality and commercial vocation of those selected.NANI MARQUINA – PRESIDENT OF THE ADVISORY PANEL. DESIGNER, ENTREPRENEUR AND FAD PRESIDENTFERN MALLIS – INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADRESS OF THE PROJECT. WINNING CREATOR OF THE FASHION WEEK IN NEW YORK CITYJULI CAPELLA – ARCHITECTURETONI SEGARRA – CREATIVITYJOSEP ABRIL – FASHIONPABLO ERROZ – FASHION, BARCELONA DESIGNERS COLLECTIVE 2014 PRIZECONRAD ROSET – ILLUSTRATIONJOAN OLIVERAS BAGUÉS – JEWELLERYMANUEL OUTOMURO – PHOTOGRAPHYCARLOS SANTANA – RETAIL DIRECTOR AT VALUE RETAIL SPAINEMERGING TALENTSA selection of emerging talents in various areas of design, art and crafts, the La Roca Village Barcelona Designers’ Collective will feature high-quality products from original makers who have created their own brand with a clear commercial vision. Those taking part are in the early stages of their career, with links to Barcelona and its surroundings and offering a fresh vision in their field through their creations.GRAPHIC DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND CRAFTSFASHION

Blogger picks

Sartorial suiting

Elegantly cut, exquisitely crafted and timeless in form, picking the perfect suit is an art. We’ve asked some of Europe’s top menswear bloggers to help you reach those suiting goals. Here’s a sartorial snapshot of formalwear across the continent…

UK: Ronan of thewild-swans.comI’ve been passionate about fashion and style for as long as I can remember. My mother always encouraged me to express myself through clothes, but I think my interest fully blossomed when I started reading GQ at 14. I would study each and every page and just knew I had to be a part of that world. For autumn, a good strong fabric such as vichy wool or herringbone will not only protect you from the cold, but it will also add plenty of elegance to your outfit. There’s an amazing brand selection when it comes to tailoring and suits at Bicester Village. Burberry, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna and Reiss offer the best of their price range. I love the twist that Burberry and Reiss give to their suits in particular, with plenty of fabrics, patterns and colours to choose from.

Follow Ronan’s style:Facebook: @RonanLouisSummersTwitter: @xmrbrightside89Instagram: @ronansummers

Shop for menswear at Bicester Village

IRELAND: Damien of damienbroderick.netI bought my first suit when I was 22 – a three-piece tweed ensemble, great for autumn. To achieve the perfect cut, I’ll fit the jacket to the chest and shoulders and then get the sleeves altered. Same goes with slacks, if you fit them to the waist you can alter the length as desired. Hackett is a favourite brand of mine, it’s very Savile Row. Not to mention Hugo Boss and Ted Baker – no corners are cut with their pieces and every detail is as important as the last. It's easier to look after these suits too, a trusted dry cleaner can keep them looking new and altering will not compromise the structure of the garment. In terms of autumn accessories, I’ll invest in a smart pair of Chelsea boots or brogues and a simple trench coat.

Feel Good this spring

Miriam Albero's selection and interview

Blogger, triathlete and all round aficionado of the healthy life.Let's be honest, it's been ages since I did any sport, and I'd even go so far as to say I don't really look after myself very well. Where do I start?Start by setting yourself small goals. It's best that they are weekly. Plan to exercise three or four times in the first week and make sure you actually do it.

When is the best time to start getting in shape for the summer? Now is always the best time to start. Whenever you're ready to do it. Everyone knows themselves and knows their work and family life... It's not about doing sport as some form of sacrifice, it's about incorporating it into your everyday life and making it an essential habit.

And you, how do you take care of yourself?With fruit. It is our main source of vitamins and antioxidants; fruit nourishes us and gives us energy. I think it's the best food for feeling good.

Aside from sport and maintaining a healthy life, what makes you feel good?Spending an afternoon with my girlfriends, walking and going shopping with my mum at La Roca Village – we always find something special.

Can you give us a tip for those who like to dress up? How do you combine functionality and fashion in your sportiest outfits?There's always lots of colour in sportswear, my tip is to know how to combine colours and not go over the top. It's fun, you can combine various things without looking like a mannequin and you can only do that with sports outfits.

New boutique

Ted Baker now open

Discover this global lifestyle brand, now open at La Roca Village. A 'no ordinary designer label', Ted Baker offers menswear, womenswear, accessories.MORE INFO +

Opening

New Tourist Information Centre

On Thursday 30 July 2015, La Roca Village opened its new Tourist Information Office, with a new virtual concept to promote the region. The creation of this space was the result of an agreement between La Roca Village, the Catalonia Tourism Agency (Agència Catalana de Turisme) and the Barcelona Provincial Council (Diputació de Barcelona). The Minister for Industry and Employment for the Catalonian Regional Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), Felip Puig, along with the Barcelona Provincial Council MP, Ramon Riera; the mayor of La Roca del Vallès, Albert Gil; and Elena Foguet, Business Director of Value Retail, opened the new office.

HOSPITALITY THAT STANDS OUT FROM THE REST The Tourist Information Office offers visitors all of the services at La Roca Village, which are aimed at providing a unique shopping experience for anyone and everyone. Guests can enjoy services such as Hands-free Shopping, which collects their purchases as they shop; exclusive transport service via the Shopping Express® coach tour, with routes from Barcelona and the Costa Brava; free Wi-Fi; multifaith prayer room; Personal Shopper service; VIP parking; multilingual staff; a family area; and a wide range of restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes (Catalan and Spanish, Asian, Italian, American and continental cuisine).

La Roca Village has become the first private space to have this type of information point. The office features self-service point-of-information monitors, that allow guests to check details on Catalunya.com (Catalonia Tourism Agency) and “Barcelona és molt més” (Barcelona is much more) (Barcelona Provincial Council). It also provides information on products offered in the region, such as spa tourism, Montseny or modernist architecture in the del Vallès area. Visitors can also find information on hotels and tourist attractions in the region – for example, the Catalunya Motorsport Race Track (Circuit de Catalunya).

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