"From a sneaker freak's paradise in Prague to quiet masculinity in Manhattan and the reinvention of a Vegas mall by Daniel Libeskind and David Rockwell, our annual global shopping guide features the year's most innovative retail design discoveries. (...)
While researching a book about everyday life in Portugal in the 20th century, Lisbon journalist and entrepreneur Catarina Portas noticed that – thanks to a closed economy with little competition – many local products were still being sold in their striking original packaging, the designs of which dated from the 1920s up to the 1960s. Her decision to snap up dwindling stocks of these products led to her opening the wildly successful A Vida Portuguesa in Lisbon. Her sophomore effort in Porto – in a gloriously old fashioned emporium set in a late 19th-century building – is stuffed with toiletries, stationery, chocolates, books, jewellery, food, handicrafts and toys from Portugal’s yesteryears. The mostly handmade products range from Claus Porto soaps and Viarco pencils to handsome Emílio Braga notebooks and Bordalo Pinheiro ceramics. Portas has also started to create exclusive products and bespoke ranges with some of these nostalgic brands. Rua Galeria de Paris 20 - 1 4050-162 Porto tel: 351.222 022 105 http://www.loja.avidaportuguesa.com"
O selecto directório de 22 lojas em destaque para 2010, em que também figuram por exemplo a Comme des Garçons de Hong Kong, a Stella McCartney de Milão ou a Missoni de Los Angeles, todinho aqui.
Esta não foi a primeira vez que a Wallpaper veio bisbilhotar as prateleiras d'A Vida Portuguesa, que já tinha feito uma selecção de artigos de perfumaria, disponível aqui.