Interview with granvía 3. Vigo

Let's make a break over Berlin to speak about a nice spanish girl-designer. Some months ago I found the stand of María from granvía3 at a fleamarket in Cádiz. It was actually the first time I spoke to a handcrafter! With her I have finally learned the first rule of a photographer: Never go out without your camera! So unfortunately I don't have photos of the encounter...
Her stand flashed to me among all the rest for its nice shapes and materials. Her necklaces and accesories are sold in many places around Spain and Europe. I find them really classy and elegant as well as easily wearable in any occasion.
She has been kind enough to answer some questions for My Little Architect.

MLA: Could you tell us a bit of yourself and your background and how you came to design your own accesories? How long have you been working on GranVia3?

granvia3: It was almost by chance I became an accessories designer. After getting the degree on Business Law, I went to London to study Fashion at the London College of Fashion, it was there when I realised how enjoyable it was the Fashion Business! Fortunately, when I was back in Spain, Bimba&Lola was about to open its first shop and I was one of the shoes designers, incredible job, I learnt a lot of things! After a couple of years, I moved on to Mango in Barcelona to work in the same department. Not even one year ago, I decided to create my own brand, granvía3, focused on creating accessories (headpieces, jewellery and scarves) which most of them are made to measure. The final client can choose the colour, the material, …

MLA: What do you enjoy most when working on your designs?

granvia3: I really enjoy making pieces which I can wear, I never design anything that I don´t like. This is something difficult when you work for a big company as you need to adapt to its profile, but when I started this business I wanted to enjoy so I try to make nice things all the time!

MLA: Do you produce your designs yourself ?

granvia3: We try to focus on the handcraft work, so each piece which is made to measure is developed on the studio, every headpiece is made to measure so we try, sew, cut, add and try again until the piece is ready for the customer. On the other hand, for the jewellery is different, as this is not made to measure, we buy the materials from different suppliers in Europe, then we develop the sample on the studio and then, we work with different Spanish suppliers who produce a number of articles exactly as the sample approved on the studio.

MLA: Which difficulties do you find in promoting your creations?

granvia3: I guess starting up a business is difficult! They said: “Who are you?” “Why should I buy your accessories if I don´t know you?” Where do you sell? Then, someone buys your accessories and advertising by the word of mouth is very powerful! It was difficult to show the brand to the people, it was difficult to get the first stockist and I think I still have a long difficult way… However, after one year, things are getting easier.

MLA: Where do you find your inspirations? Do you have any idols?

granvia3: Maybe it is a topic, but I like to look at real life, a film (or more than one! I find a great inspiration from the cinema!). Usually I ask my friends what they like or would like to wear and don´t find, sometimes I test them to check if the collection is commercial! Because sometimes, designers tend to do impossible things!
I also like travelling to see what is going on in different cities, I go to fairs to see the new staff from the suppliers and so on.
Idols? Do you mean designers? I love following the fashion shows, each season you find new designers, new themes,… And each season I find a new favourite designer.

MLA: Any plans for the future concerning your designs? And what about dreams?

granvia3: I love my job, I spend most of the time creating new pieces for the collection or for clients, discovering new materials, colours, speaking with the team how to develop a new idea, … I would like to keep doing this and become a bigger team.

Find out more about granvia3 here.

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in Berlin. Oh Land

Tonight I was at the concert of Oh Land and I enjoyed it sooo much. I was standing on the first line, in the middle, and I couldn't have had a better place! And of course I forgot my camera, so I could only get some shots with the iphone.

In Berlin. Oh Land

The music took me back to February, when My Little Architect wasn't still born and I was feeling so depressed I couldn't even go out of bed before one o'clock in the evening.

Tonight I had the chance to speak to Nanna, and thanked her for her music, because it took me out of bed and got me doing something nice and magical like the project of My Little Architect.

I gave her my card and I she said she would have a look at my work. I really wish she likes it, because she is part of it too.


in Berlin. The Berg

I'm really enjoying this project by Mila. It's one of the first things I found out when I had just arrived to Berlin and it still amazes me each time I think about it.

The Berg

What would happen if we all imagine a gigantic mountain located at the highly historical airport of Tempelhof? It will start existing! Of course! How couldn't it?

The video is a great example of the trashy berlin easthetics and it's just brilliant!


Wolf and Moon

Please, Wolf and Moon, we need you to re-stock the Chevron Point necklace!

Some more great (really great) necklaces:

And while writing this post, this little marvel is coming home con mamá!

I decided to take a brooch so I can place it on a hat, on a turbant, on a chain...

can't wait!


in Berlin. Meet some friends

Outside, in Kreuzberg.

Berlin Kreuzberg

Berlin Kreuzberg

Inside, at Qubique Berlin.

Jarrod Lim at Qubique Berlin
Hi Ho Rocking Horse by Jarrod Lim Design.

Tjokeefe at Qubique Berlin
These friends are more abstract but fun just the same. 3:1 Table by TJOKEEFE.

Heike Buchfelder at Qubique Berlin
Heike Buchfelder's kugel k lamp.

making friends is easy...


in Berlin. Hello Monki!

Hello Monki! The world of the Monkis, creepy and cute at the same time, has finally come to me.

All the way from the North, this little beauty just arrived to Berlin to be my warmest friend! I'll need a great dose of color to survive to the coldest winter of my life...

lookbooks, packaging, community, interiors... one could live in Monki, if you dare to deal with their little black mean-looking monsters...

in Berlin. Monki


in Berlin. Henrik Vibskov

This have been the two first weeks of my little architect in Berlin. As the reason to be here is work there was not much time to go around.

Last saturday was the first day of real hanging around and right after stepping out of the bus I saw Henrik Vibskov's pop up store.

They were truly simpáticos (if you check the dictionary you'll see that's quite a nice word) and I think the guy really liked my business card (ego).

So, only 73 days to visit again for amazing clothes (now 7 less 'cause I have had not a single minute to make this post). I liked the space, balanced and backed-up with objects. I hope to have some time to pas by again

in Berlin. Henrik Vibskov

in Berlin. Henrik Vibskov

in Berlin. Henrik Vibskov

in Berlin. Henrik Vibskov

When I innocently looked at his website and realised how great was the man...On the other side, had I known, I wouldn't have dared to get my camera and ask for permission so easily!

click for his online shop:

Anyway, I find his art collaborations dark and disturbng but so attracting at the same time...

See you soon for a post on Qubique, Berlin's furniture tradeshow which I have visited today.

My little Architect's store opening!!

From Berlin with love,


Wo bin ich?

Where am I? Correct!


Soon all the news about the new collection.

Give time please!


some new and some old things

1.- Promo card from a party at Kafka Club. I never visited it but they always make great posters!
2.- Lush opened a store in my city and I just want everything!
3.- Preparing for winter in Berlin: Nightfall nail polish from M·A·C's basics. (I should be really buying snow boots instead!)
4.- Old ring from fun&basics. People think I made it myself so I guess a kind of my little architect's style is being born...
5.- Duo Necklace by Hug a Porcupine from The Little Dröm Store. Told you I couldn't resist it! Best of it is that you can also wear it backwards for a gold monochrome look!

Just sorry for the quality of the photo, I've got to get working on the next collection!


A piece of news

ss11 goodbye

Two things happening right now:

- I made all my exams and feel proud about it! Bards will remember this as the heroic feat of the thousand exams. You know, bards always exaggerate things a bit...

- Even if I had decided to maintain the old collection until the end of September, I've decided to temporarily close the shop to focus on the next collection, in which I am dedicating lots of effort.

Wish me luck again!


Karen Barbé I Textilería

The textile creations by Karen Barbé I Textilería are awesome and a good way to start preparing our mood for the seasons to come

I admit it, it's all about the yellow nail color! Can't stop watching how it matches to her website design and her cushions, such an eye catching small detail.


The Little Drömstore

I've been dying for one of these Duo Triangle necklaces from Hug a Porcupine at the little drömstore for a while now... Unluckily many are already sold out, but there are still a few of them left!

Anyway I shouldn't be rewarding myself for the success of my exams until I pass all of them!

But the website design is calling me strongly...

The little dröm store is a lovely gallery shop and independent publisher from Singapore. Read here their dreamy self description.


Gözde Eker

Awesome brooches made with papel maché by prop stylist Gözde Eker!

Find her creative work here!

Spotted here



My Milk Toof by Inhae Lee

Here there is something which will make my dreams tonight cute and childhood-like. This is the story of My Milk Toof by Inhae Lee, an artist from California which lives with the two friendliest and cutest teef ever! How lucky she is to have these two warm hearted little creatures at home.

We spanish kids put our milk teeth under the pillow and by night we have the visit of the Ratoncito Pérez (ratoncito means "little mouse" and "Pérez" is a very spanish and common family name) and get some coins or little presents beneath our pillow the next morning. I remember finding once one little ring with a polly-pocket fairy that could be sitted on it and the magic of how a single mouse could transform a teeth into a polly-pocket just like that.

But yes, eventually Inhae Lee's milk teeth came back to her one day to live at her place. The story of sick Lardee and how ickle tells him a story to make him eat some soup just filled me with joy!

Her photos are so intimate, homey and tender I'd like to believe them real...

They are so messy and so active!

I have already read almost all the blog and stories (and I don't go all the way through because it's very late and I have to study tomorrow!). This girl has developed such a personal, fun and complete work that it makes me want to work harder on my exams and my projects... I really do feel this nice 'good envy' I've spoken in some other post.

You can find her book here.

Hooray for Inhae Lee!!

And hooray for little ickle and Lardee!!


September Exams

The September exam season is about to start! Tally-ho!

Luckily, they'll be the last September exams I'll ever take. Today being finally an Architect seems closer! Still lots of hard work have to be done...

Remember, to celebrate this important days My Little Architect is having 40% SALE on all the items (excepting Machanguitos and Little Architects) at the shop! Use the discount code SEPTEMBEREXAMS until the end of the month.

So goodnight! I leave you with the astonishing voice of China Moses, wish me luck these days!

Mad About The Boy on Vimeo.


à Brugge: BbyB. Babelutte by Bartholomeus

Goodbye Belgium!

I leave you with the city skyline of chocolates from BbyB. Babelutte by Bartholomeus, Brugge.

Find their awesome design: website I online shop



Kakkoiiiro is one of the shops I was really looking forward visiting again since I discovered it last year and they were really sympa when I asked them permission for making photos and they told me about their new ideas they had for their shop.

Their shop is really cool, urban oriented and it's full of eye-flashing colors (and I love color saturated spaces!).
There I got this amazing sweater from Lazy Oaf for the cold days that await for me this winter in Berlin.