Iberica – It all started with Portuguese ceramics.
As a child growing up to Portuguese parents in London’s Notting Hill, the annual summer pilgrimage to Portugal was always an eagerly anticipated adventure. Our summer holidays spent by the Atlantic coast were fun packed weeks, with beach excursions along the Costa Vicentina, Portugal’s wild and still relatively unexplored South West coast.
Hot days were celebrated with lively family lunches, grilled chorizo appetizers and seafood cataplanas decorated with fresh food picked from the garden. Local catch from nearby beaches was always served on beautifully colored plates and platters. After six glorious weeks, the family holiday would culminate with the annual sardine festival in the nearby village marking the end of yet another summer. Now living in Australia, I am often nostalgic but always inspired by the spiritual beauty and essence of Ibérian life.
Iberica – Pretty things from Portugal delights & celebrates all things Iberian for the home & table with the occasional wild surprise find thrown in. Iberica sells hand-painted Portuguese ceramics, copper cataplanas, chorizo grills, good luck roosters, handcrafted leather shoes, designer cork products and much more. Handcrafted skills are traditionally passed down through family generations and continue to be appreciated and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike with a new generation of designers emerging with unique styles. Portugal is rich in history, culture, and design with a spiritual focus on the family, food, and home, simple reminders of the beauty of a life shared with others.
I look forward to my annual pilgrimage to Portugal and take great pride in making new discoveries, forming new partnerships and sharing the latest treasures and keepsakes from my Iberian adventures. Most of all I enjoy and value the exchange with others always keen to share their own travel experiences. “I’m so glad to have found your store” or “I saw the cataplana while I was in Portugal but just couldn’t fit it in my suitcase” are examples of some of the best compliments I can receive. When others share their travel stories, I feel honored. For all those who are excited by travel, inspired by food, influenced by history and seduced by adventure, Iberica is for you.
Be forever inspired.