A beautiful mansion from the 1800s is now a showcase of local creativity, dividing rooms into spaces dedicated to the work of Portuguese designers. It’s worth a visit not just for the unique quality products presented over two floors, but also for the building itself.
A VIDA PORTUGUESA
Not only is this one of Lisbon's most beautiful shops, it also offers some of the most genuine products in the city. Some of them were near extinction before they once again became must-have items such as the Ach Brito soaps and fragrances. A second, more recent space also offers homeware.
Producing quality porcelain since 1824, this brand is now synonymous with sophistication, luxury and good taste. It’s one of the world’s largest ceramics brands, and international recognition has included several awards and the privilege of having decorated some of the grandest homes in the world, from royal palaces in Europe to the White House.
CORK & CO
Portugal is the world’s largest producer of cork, a natural and eco-friendly material. At this shop you’ll see how it can be used in virtually anything, from handbags to home décor. It’s all about innovative fashion and home design “made in Portugal.”
An image of a Pelcor cork umbrella was on display around New York, advertising an exhibition of Portuguese design at the MoMA. That brought even more attention to the Portuguese brand’s innovative and eco-friendly products, mostly fashion accessories and footwear. You’ll find them hidden in a store downtown, not far from the cathedral.
Founded in 1994, it’s become one of the most international Portuguese companies. It targets the youth market through innovation and design, and is now more than a footwear brand, having also introduced fashion and accessories.
Portuguese shoes are exported worldwide as quality products, and you’ll find many examples in regularly-changing collections at this store in Chiado, including some exclusive pieces by Portuguese designers.
Yes, the name is misleading: This really is a Portuguese brand. The designers who created each piece are really from Portugal and their award-winning pieces (distinguished for design and innovation) — footwear for men, women and children — are exported internationally. The first Cubanas store is found in the center of Lisbon, in Chiado.
It’s close to half-a-century old and has over a hundred stores around the world. It offers quality design fashion and accessories at several branches around the city, with the most central being in Chiado and by Avenida da Liberdade.
Using high-quality materials, everything of the Cutipol brand is manufactured in Portugal. It’s exported to dozens of countries around the world and is sought after not just for the quality but also for the design of each piece which has led to a distinction by the International Academy of Gastronomy with the Prix de l’Art de la Table.
Source: Lisbon Lux