Welcome to our Blog "Les Bambes del Gatuqui"!
Les Bambes del Gatuqui (Catalan for: The Kitten's Trainers/Sneakers) it's a little Vintage shop in Barcelona´s Gothic quarter, just off Avinyó street.
It was opened on April 7th 2010 in the middle of a big crisis, but the owner was excited enough to start this new bussiness since it was something he believed in and thought a city like Barcelona could not miss. One of the main concepts of the shop (besides Vintage) is the nostalgia subject matter, specially from the 80's decade. You might find games like Simon or Telesketch to old Casio watches and LP's with famous songs from serials as Miami Vice or Moonlighting.
But this is just a small part of what you can find; there is an important section (and this is what we could call one of it's most genuine essences) dedicated to original Vintage sunglasses for man and woman from the 60´s, 70's and 80's where the visitor will find little treasures as Christian Dior, Ray Ban-Bausch and Lomb, Paco Rabanne, Rodenstock, Cazal, Silhouette, Persol and not to mention as well the old Catalan based company "Indo" from Barcelona.
Many of this sunglasses have brand new quality glass set up at the optician's. The lents have a range of different smoked or plain colours as pink, blue, green, yellow, red, brown, black, purple or mirrowed...and the material vary from organic to mineral glass.
The second central nerve of the concept, are the Polaroid cameras basicly from the 80's but also older ones from the 70's and occasionally even 60's.
The next stage of this trip could be the LP section, inspite small, quite varied (reggae, hip-hop, mambo, Catalan music, heavy, jazz, blues, country, folk..) But above all here, the crowning jewel of the section is everything related someway or another to Italodisco a subgenre of disco music which originated in Italy in the early 80's and spreaded quickly to the rest of Europe and the world, with artists/Bands like Ric Fellini, Albert One, Fancy, , P.Lion, Baltimora, Den Harrow or Patrick Hernández to put an example.
And finally, the icing on the cake:
There is a tutti frutti mix of all kind of things, rare kitch objects as little madonnas or Saints, erotic pocker cards or little calendars from the 70's, old books about several subjects as Photography, Barcelona and Catalonia, cooking, ovnis and mysteries...
With no aim to forget as well a large amount of vintage postcards from all over the world, specially from the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Les Bambes del Gatuqui Botiga-Vintage-Shop
Carrer Comtessa de Sobradiel nº1. Barri Gòtic. Barcelona (Catalonia)
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