A Miista Guide to Barcelona
Pablo Picasso may have been born in Malaga but he had a longstanding love and connection to Barcelona, having apprenticed as an artist in the city. He once said, "I do not seek, I find," and with this mind we asked Juan Carlos Migueiz, manager of our Miista Barcelona store, to share his favourite parts of the city.
Tell us the Miista Barcelona story so far Jose.…
Miista Barcelona opens its doors in October last year, in the enigmatic ‘El Born’ district of Barcelona. El Born is steeped in history, a place where the avant-garde and independent vibes meet tradition. That´s why Miista has created a space here, it’s a thriving creative community, where different cultures and lifestyles from all over the world co-exist.
You can find Miista on Avenue del Marquès de l'Argentera,1.Bis. The store is a diaphanous space with wooden floors, elegant white walls and a central iron column, that dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It is on the corner so the space is flooded with incredible light throughout the day.
Tell us more about the neighbourhood
Miista is located in front of impressive building that hosts the Government´s Delegation. We’re also very close to some of the city’s best-known parks - in particular, the Parc de la Ciutadella that has a huge variety of plant species. It's also home to the Zoology Museum and a striking modernist greenhouse designed by architect Josep Amargós for the 1888 Universal Exhibition.
Crossing the avenue you find yourself in ‘La Barceloneta’, a fishing district and the port of Barcelona where you can walk through the narrow streets whilst soaking up the sun and enjoying the sea breeze. Here you’ll find another highlight, the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar that has a fascinating history linked to the origins of Barcelona.
What about good places to eat and drink?
Head to Passeig del Born, that runs from the Placa commercial to the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, to find good coffee spots, restaurants and bars. For more culture the Picasso Museum is just a few metres away from the Miista store.
How did you get started with Miista?
I’ve worked with Miista in the past; previously I ran Number Shoes, a concept store in Barcelona. They worked with lots of international brands - Opening Ceremony, B Store, Swear, Eley Kishimoto, Bernhard Willhelm, Henrik Vibskov, Toga Pulla and Miista.
How did you come to work with Miista?
I got in touch with Laura (Miista’s founder) directly. From the first moment I found the brand 4 years ago, I’ve loved Laura’s work. Number Shoes was the first store to stock Miista shoes in Spain. I’ve always looked internationally for inspiration but when I learnt Laura was Galician and Miista produces their shoes in Spain, it was even better!
Which Miista styles are most popular in Barcelona?
For the Spring/Summer 18 season the most popular models in Barcelona are:
Cybil, Noa, Taissa, Pia, Deli, Gala, Jessica, Ida, Pia, Marry Alma, Carlota, Marlena, Valerie, Oriana, Edit and Ivon.
The latest collection is all about finding a space to escape to. Can you share some secret spots that you love in Barcelona?
To escape in the city, I would recommend a small square, Sant Felip Neri in the heart of the Barrio Gotico, which borders the El Born neighbourhood, near the cathedral.
It's one of my favourite corners of the city, it has a fountain in the middle and walls covered with shrapnel marks from the civil war. I like to sit there and listen to the drops emanating from the fountain, it takes me to a such peaceful place.