15 Dec Delightful Shopping | Growth
Delightful Shopping | Growth
Take a look at the delightful side of life and enjoy our shopping suggestions from Portugal, Poland and Colombia.
GLEBA SWEET POTATO BREAD
Since “gleba” means “land”, it is perfectly natural that any variety of Gleba bread brings us there in the tiniest tasting details. Besides its daily offer, which is to say, the bread classics Barbela wheat, Green Rye and Portuguese Corn bread, this traditional bakery delights our fifth sense with its weekly special editions. Here is one of the most successful: the sweet potato bread. It has all the nutrients of Barbela wheat bread plus the sweetness added by the tuber, harvest of Portuguese land (grown in Aljezur and Odemira, in the Southwest of the country). The potatoes are oven-roasted, peeled and added to the dough. A perfect cold-weather comfort food and a must eat!
Said to be among the purest emeralds in the world, Colombian emeralds account for a large percentage of the world’s emerald market. That is why many people come to the country with their eye on taking home a beautiful emerald.
Caribe Jewelry developed from being a small business founded by three brothers to becoming one of the most reputable and well-regarded designers and producers of this stone. You will be fascinated with the delicacy and beauty of the magical green fire in their rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants.
The company has also a museum in Cartagena, the Emerald Museum & Factory, where attendees can visit the jewelry making workshop and watch the craftsmen working the process of manufacturing sterling silver or 18K gold emerald jewelry.
CUSTOM WOODEN SKIS
A combination of traditional craftsmanship and high-tech machines, Monck Custom wooden skis are the hottest trend on mountain slopes around the world. Stylish and unique, they are manufactured near Warsaw, in a workshop at the creator’s parents’ house. Szymon Girtler takes 50 hours on average to give life to each pair of skis. All made from poplar and ash wood, these skis are tailored in Sandwich technology (used in World Cup Racing) to fit individual needs and expectations, in terms of height, weight and skill of skier. Girtler has named his business Monck Custom after Mnich, a mountain peak found in the Polish Tatras (actually, “monk” in English but “Monck” sounded more original). Like a monk devoted to his work and calling, so is his pursuit of creating the perfect skis.
NATURE-INSPIRED WOODEN TOYS
Crafted in the Beskidy Mountains, Wooden Story stacking blocks and toys improve our senses and take us to a walk in the forest. They are made of carefully selected wood that comes from FSC certified suppliers and use natural eco-certified paints, making sure children play with toys free of any harmful substances. Their soft polished finish is given by beeswax and botanical oils. Full committed with the environment, Wooden Story sells them in eco-friendly canvas bags and boxes that can be reused or easily recycled.
Besides those characteristics, there is one thing more that makes these toys so special: they can be passed from generation to generation. So, the same way the three-generation old company owners discovered this passion in their grandfather’s hands, they hope one day their customers’ grandchildren discover their own Wooden Story in their children’s toys.
“What if a work of art could be applied to a piece of clothing?” That was the thinking behind the birth of Antiflop. The brand reproduces works by Portuguese artists in scarfs, tunics and t-shirts made from high-quality raw textiles, ranging from silk, cotton and kashmir to micro modal. You will surely fall for the silk scarves inspired by Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso’s paintings.
Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (1887-1918) was one of the precursors of Modernism in Portugal. His multifaceted work lies at the crossroads of all the artistic movements of the 20th century.
Miami-based Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi is known for her casual but luxurious fabrics and materials which instantly transport us to an effortlessly chic lifestyle. Through all her designs, she shows fashion has no age or nationality. Taking a closer look at Tcherassi’s newest collection, it is easy to notice the acclaimed fashion designer’s origins. This beautiful birdcage-inspired artisan bag was handcrafted using ancestral techniques of the Mocaná tribe. Helping keep the weaving tradition alive, Silvia Tcherassi embellishes the Colombian mochila bags with everything, like laces, and often in a palette of deep, rich colours, making each one of a kind.
TEA FROM THE AZORES
A delicate and totally organic premium green tea with a taste of Portugal. This tea grows in the oldest and only tea plantation in Europe, in the mineral rich Gorreana hills, located on the island of São Miguel, Azores. Beyond its rare flavour, this green tea from Azores sold by Lisbon Tea Company is a natural source of antioxidants, rich in folic acid and vitamins C, K, B1 and B2. Inspired by truly Portuguese flavours, the brand has been releasing unique and exclusive teas that pay homage to Portugal’s most genuine products. Lisbon Tea’s “Portugal Collection” also comprises Azores Black Tea, Algarve Orange Black Tea, or Fundão Cherry Black Tea, among others. There is a collection dedicated to wine too. There you can find other Portuguese flavours, such as Port wine, Moscatel, and Ginjinha.