Ibiza style: Lamuella Ibiza Boutique – A fashion haven
The newest addition to Ibiza’s creative scene is Lamuella Ibiza; a Goa-born restaurant and art space now re-embodied on the white isle, fittingly residing in Ibiza’s bohemian northern coutryside. Lamuella Ibiza is a celebration of food, style, music, art and dance; a way of life some may say. But upon stepping into to the wondrous new space, it is Lamuella Ibiza Boutique that instantly catches one’s eye, a fashionista’s haven aligned with the bedouin chic style of the residents and holidaymakers who flock to the area.
Lamuella Ibiza Boutique is a collective of six unique designers, showcasing exclusive high-end fair trade clothing and jewellery. Hand embroidery, hand stitching and special weaving techniques in the designs are a common theme as is the organic cotton, linen, raw silk and wool materials that make up many of the designs. Steering clear of big manufacturers, only limited collections are available.
The showroom itself – open daily throughout the summer season – is a treasure trove of wearable art, ranging from antique jewellery, vintage embroidered dresses, handmade scarves, kaftans and kimonos to unique home décor, handstitched Indian blankets, stylish shades, hand-sewn espadrilles, high top sneakers and much more. A dreamy ambience falls over shoppers as hypnotic melodies fill the air and the range of vibrant colours and textures that meet the eye conjure up images of Egyptian goddesses in the desert combined with wild-hearted bohemian chic.
Many of the pieces draped beautifully across elegant tables and hanging from vintage armoires are created in independent workshops and studios out of small European towns and hippy centric Goa. A star designer in Lamuella Ibiza Boutique is White Raven; a Portuguese designer who creates gorgeous ponchos, playsuits and kaftans in vivid block prints made of raw silk with tasselled trims. Additional favourites include Alekai – an Israeli designer who uses an Indian technique that uses mud to create perfect ‘imperfections’ on special ‘mulmul’ cotton block print kaftans – and British designer Fara, a female design duo creating romantic dresses made of raw silk and natural dye that fit perfectly on the shape of one’s body.
Also among the shelves are beautiful headdresses; feathers and fringing; striking jewellery – much of which is vintage, authentic antiques in silver and gold – varying from chunky gold rings and arm cuffs to precious stones of agat, coral, batzra pearls and turquoise beaded necklaces; twinkling anklets and embellished body chains plus contemporary designs in silver and gold plated. A variety of antique carved boxes await housing your newfound treasures, while vegan shoes, boho bags and luxe leather totes put the finishing touches to any ensemble – so many options with which to adorn one’s self. You get the feeling so many of these one-of-a-kind items have been discovered in far away exotic lands… as indeed they have!