Ibérica UK is a continuation of the culture shared by its sister company, Ibérica – www.iberica.com.au. Offering pretty things sourced locally from Portugal to customers in the UK and beyond.
A message from the founder of Ibérica where it all started.
As a child growing up with Portuguese parents in London’s Notting Hill, the annual summer pilgrimage to Portugal was always an eagerly anticipated adventure. Our summer holidays spent by the Atlantic coast were fun packed weeks, with beach excursions along the Costa Vicentina. Portugal’s wild and still relatively unexplored South West coast.
Hot days were celebrated with lively family lunches conisting of grilled chorizo appetizers and seafood cataplanas often decorated with fresh food picked from the garden. The local catch from nearby beaches were served on beautifully coloured plates and platters. After six glorious weeks, the family holiday would culminate with the annual sardine festival in the nearby village marking the end of yet another summer. Now living in Australia, I am often nostalgic but always inspired by the spiritual beauty and essence of Ibérian life.
Ibérica – Pretty things from Portugal delights and celebrates all things Ibérian. For the home and table with the occasional wild surprise find thrown in. Hand-painted Portuguese ceramics, copper cataplanas, chorizo grills, good luck roosters, lanterns and much more. Handcrafted skills are traditionally passed down through family generations and continue to be appreciated and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike with a new generation of designers emerging with unique styles. Portugal is rich in history, culture, and design with a spiritual focus on the family, food, and home. Simple reminders of the beauty of a life shared with others.
I look forward to my annual pilgrimage to Portugal and take great pride in making new discoveries, forming new partnerships and sharing the latest treasures and keep-sakes from my Ibérian adventures.
Most of all I enjoy and value the exchange with others always keen to share their own travel experiences: “I’m so glad to have found your store” or “I saw the cataplana while I was in Portugal but just couldn’t fit it in my suitcase” are examples of some of the best compliments I can receive. When others share their travel stories, I feel honoured. For all those who are excited by travel, inspired by food, influenced by history and seduced by adventure, Ibérica is for you.
Be forever inspired x