Portugal is abundant with talented artisan designers and independent manufacturers. In particular, their reputation for creativity, quality, and craftsmanship is well established and the result of centuries of artisan production.
Any visit to Portugal must surely include a visit to an artist’s studio with most regions offering ‘rotas’ or tours in areas that specialize in a particular creative production. Traditional methods of production are gracefully respected but always with invention and experimentation. Heritage is preserved through the use of traditional techniques and materials and the prevalence of traditional styles or motifs.
Popular and established crafts include leather making, filigree jewellery, cork products and handcrafted shoes. Here we spotlight a selection of accessory designers. Watch this space as we discover and source more talent in this area.