It’s been a while and I think that means it is time for an update!
2016 was one of the greatest and most challenging years of my life, and in 2017 I hope to go ahead and achieve even more than I ever thought possible. From struggling to start up a small company I have travelled to running a functioning and genuinely fun shop which is helping artists and artisans from Barcelona to live off of the work they love doing.
La Nostra Ciutat – A shared dream of ‘Our City’
On the 27th June 2016 I opened a store called La Nostra Ciutat along with my girlfriend and business partner Guro. We aimed to give local artists and makers a space in the centre of Barcelona where they could sell their products alongside large global brands. We started with 45 designers. Since then, we have grown to represent over 150 different brands and have paid out hundreds of thousands of Euros to support local arts and design in Barcelona.
It has been one of the busiest (hence the lack of a creative project during this time), toughest and most rewarding periods of my life helping me to meet hundreds of new amazing people, learn a fantastic new language (with a reasonable proficiency!) and push my limits further than ever.
2017 has started out in much the same way. Following the big post-christmas Rayes rush (in Catalunya we celebrate ‘christmas’ on the 6th January!) we entered our first ‘low season’ with the shop which gave us a bit of time to step back, take a rest and look at things with a fresh perspective. Now, having had a rest and re-grouped we are back to work. Right now we are negotiating the lease on a second shop in Barcelona and are getting ready to expand. Whilst there is still lots of work to do on our first store, when an opportunity arrises we are never ones to back down!
2017 is going to be the greatest year of my life. It may bring success, it may bring failure, but whatever happens it is going to be a year of intense learning, hard work and personal growth, just the way I like it.