Colorful Style from Spain
When traveling I always make some time to check out the local shops and boutiques. If I’ve made room in my suitcase along the way, I don’t even feel guilty about bringing home local flavor items from a trip. While in Sevilla, Spain, last summer a vibrant, colorful boutique caught my eye and I had to take a peek. Desigual is a Spanish fashion brand founded in Ibiza in the mid-1980’s.
“Desigual is a casual clothing brand based in Barcelona, which is noted for its patchwork designs, intense prints, innovative graffiti art, asymmetrical designs and flamboyant splashes of color” — Wikipedia
On that day, two and 1/2 weeks into our trip, I choose a brightly colored scarf/sarong. It was bright yellow with bold fuchsia roses, embellished with turquoise, greens and golds. I knew I could wear it or use it to brighten up our bedroom with a pop of color. It has some lettering on it, in typical Desigual fashion (they originated in Ibiza, after all), “For everybody…sex, fun and love. Paradise is in you and me”. Upon returning from Spain, I layered this wild little number over a mirror in our bedroom. No, the lettering is not usually on display, but I must confess the vibrant item makes me smile and has been a colorful reminder of our travels to Spain.
In spring, I was contacted by Desigual about a new feature they were promoting. An interactive flower market map on Google, which they felt reflected the vibe of the brand. Flower markets always grab my attention and I thought this was such a cool idea. They had no idea I had purchased a scarf from them-just last summer-in Sevilla.
Desigual is all about diversity and showcasing unique beauty and individual style. They chose Chantelle Winnie as the face of the summer collection 2015. Chantelle Winnie is a well-known model, a finalist in America’s Next Top Model, who has vitiligo, a rare skin condition that causes patches of de-pigmentation. She has become the unofficial spokeswoman for vitiligo as she shares her story-from near suicide to embracing her unique beauty and empowering others.
She is fun, flirty and inspiring in this video:
Lucky me! Desigual offered me my choice of a couple pieces from their latest collection. I chose the maxi dress Infinito. I love the bold print and pops of color for summer. The combination of floral with stripes feels fresh. The fit is excellent and this maxi is extremely comfortable to wear. The fabric breathes, even in a hot climate like our Bidwell Park in the summertime.
If I tell you my husband loves this dress….
that might be an understatement.
I also ordered the ‘Orang’ T-shirt. An asymmetrical t-shirt with a contrasting patterns on front and back. This t-shirt is also extremely comfortable and well-made. The length is great and the sides have some gathers which makes for a flattering fit. It will definitely be packed up for our tropical vacation next month.
Desigual always has a way of adding a touch of whimsy, fun and good will to their products.This shirt has the words “You are Nice ” (ahhh thanks!;)) and “Say Something Nice” in gold lettering on the fabric. Desigual is clearly a brand with a brightly colored heart of gold.
Desigual is having some fantastic sales right now (for men and children too):
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The dress and top were gifts from Desigual.
All opinions expressed are my own.