One rainy weekend, I was visiting Barcelona for work. The rain wasn’t going to stop me from shopping. I headed for the main areas suggested by my hotel concierge and guidebook. I hoped to discover: quirky jewellers, trendy record shops and the tiny, little-known shops of Catalan designers. Instead, I found Zara. Topshop. HMV. H&M. And M&S. An idea was born.
Years ago, I set out to shine a light on independent shops in the world’s best cities, and this is the result. A blog of stories, photos and ideas to inspire and share.
Please leave a comment below to let me know you’ve been here or if you want to suggest a shop to feature. I’m looking for shops anywhere, selling anything. My criteria:
1. brilliant products
2. outstanding design or atmosphere
3. soul. (For me, the best shops are blessed with soul because of simple history, or because their keepers breathe a special kind of life into their creation.)
This last one is the most important. All Unique Boutiques will be one-offs. I think the world’s best shops are truly original: unique to their location, cultural monuments to a place and its people.
Thanks for visiting and a very big thanks to all the folks who’ve helped along the way.*
*the hub; all of those who have looked after my kids while UB gets made; all the shopkeepers for their enthusiasm and time lent for interviews/info and also Garet Cousins, artist and illustrator for my beautifully unique header.