Ibiza living: La Galeria Elefante – A winter shopper’s delight
As many lifestyle, fashion and concept boutiques across Ibiza retreat into hibernation mode during the winter months, unique shopping hotspot La Galeria Elefante remains open for treasure hunters, in-the-know shoppers, fashionistas and believers in fairytales alike. You see, season’s change doesn’t mean a break for La Galeria Elefante – rather, it means a breath of fresh, crisp winter air blown into the shop (which happens to be warmed up by a roaring fireplace!) in the form of new furniture, seasonal decorations, home décor, contemporary fashion, trinkets, fine jewellery, vintage items and so much more.
Set on the road between Ibiza and Santa Gertrudis, in a typical white-washed Ibicenco style finca, the boutique is currently twinkling and dazzling in its winter festive glory. A large range of holiday season arrivals includes artisanal advent calendars, stocking stuffers, crystals, handmade angel decorations and a carefully curated collection of glass ornaments to beautify and adorn any holiday tree or mantel. You’ll also find ancient scrolls for place settings, handmade cards from South Africa, rustic photo albums and beautiful guest books perfect for holiday entertaining.
La Galeria Elefante dedicates an entire room to luxurious, aromatic candles, soaps and natural skincare; perfect for setting the mood, general wellbeing and keeping skin glowing in the new change of climate. New arrivals include a luxe line of eco-friendly, domestically grown soy wax candles attuned to moods including ‘energising’, ‘relaxing’, ‘meditation’ and ‘concentration’ varieties. A wide selection of Danish-made non-drip candles in festive colours are perfect for celebratory dinner parties and holiday events while a beautiful selection of porcelain and ceramic candle holders, decoupage soaps and La Galeria Elefante’s very own line of skin care are ideal for stocking fillers or treats for yourself.
Beyond the festive fun and wellbeing items are home décor including rare patchwork tapestries imported from Turkey and plush hand-embroidered linen cushions created by SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association – an NGO from India that La Galeria Elefante collaborates with). A huge selection of vintage-style jewellery cases, antique cabinets in different sizes and colours plus chunky, bohemian mirrors are guaranteed to add style and sleekness to any wall they hang upon after leaving the store.
Little shoppers are also well catered to – another room is dedicated just for Ibiza’s tots and treasurers. Shelves filled top to bottom with new novelty and educational toys, hand embroidered toy baskets, beautiful porcelain lamps, stuffed animals, dolls, figurines and more – a haven for parents looking for that special gift to lay under the tree, or smaller shoppers looking for inspiration to help out Santa.
One of the jewels in the glittering crown of La Galeria Elefante is the room showcasing a jaw-dropping collection of vintage clothing and contemporary fashion all designed or curated by La Galeria Elefante founder Victoria Durrer Gasse, with new pieces arriving regularly. All the more reason to shop here, my dears! Current collections include gorgeous silk slips (ideal for keeping warm under your NYE ensemble), cosy cashmere scarves sourced from Kashmir, handmade wool coats from Pakistan, woolly and warm pullovers made by a Greek NGO supporting those struggling from their recent economic crisis plus a brand new collection from Pero – an elegant and whimsical brand designed by a Vogue Award winning Indian designer.
There really is no place on the island like La Galeria Elefante, an exceptional fashion and lifestyle collection curated by a dreamer with a gypsy soul and bohemian attitude. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of creativity to a home or space for the festive season, are on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone or simply just looking to add a little wonder and whimsy to your life, your every last winter shopping craving can be satisfied in this dreamy, Alice in Wonderland-like world.
Photography by Arno Lippert