Shopping in Lisbon with Ana Duarte
Earlier this year, the 44th ModaLisboa (Lisbon Fashion Week) opened with an exciting show entitled “new blood”, featuring the work of a small group of promising young designers. One of them was Ana Duarte, a 24-year-old designer from Lisbon who recently completed her Masters at the London College of Fashion.
“It was a great honor to present my work at such a major event,” says Ana who believes that fashion in Portugal – a country with a powerful industrial heritage – is on the up.
“We have more and more emerging designers,” she says. “In an age of global brands and mass production, people are seeking a return to tradition and individuality. ‘Made in Portugal’ stands for quality and I think the world is starting to see that.”
Although Ana has traveled extensively, Lisbon remains her favorite city.
“The atmosphere is amazing and the weather is magical – usually warm, but with a nice breeze from the Tagus river. The people are very friendly, the food is cheap and great and, finally, the city itself is beautiful,” she says, adding that Lisbon is also a good city for shopping – a place to buy things that are a little out of the ordinary.
Here are Ana’s top tips for shopping in Lisbon:
Start in Principe Real, one of Lisbon’s trendiest areas, full of designer shops, with traditional architecture and panoramic views of the city. Don’t miss Embaixada (Praça do Príncipe Real, 26), a palatial building that houses several different boutiques offering everything from fashion and design to food. From there, continue to 21 PR Concept Store (Praça do Príncipe Real, 21) for national and international fashion and interior design brands and Espaço B (Rua D. Pedro V, 120), which focuses on international fashion designers.
From there, continue to Lisbon’s luxury shopping avenue, Avenida da Liberdade, home to all the major national and international brands. Fashion Clinic (Av. da Liberdade 188 & 192-A) is a beautiful store for luxury brands, with a women’s department in the Tivoli Forum mall at no. 188 and a men’s section at no. 192-A.
Continuing down Avenida da Liberdade, pass Rossio and walk up Rua do Carmo to find one of Lisbon’s oldest, most historic stores. Luvaria Ulisses (R. do Carmo, 87-A) is an art deco space, which competes for the title of the world’s smallest shop. It has been selling traditional quality gloves since the 1920s.
Text: Isabelle Kliger
Published: May 20, 2017