Where do shopkeepers shop for fun and distraction? We recently featured the Winchester, England, home of Victoria Suffield, owner of the celebrated indie-department store The Hambledon, and asked her where she’s willing to pay retail. Her response didn’t surprise us: she loves A Vida Portuguesa, an emporium that we happen to have been perusing often of late—as both armchair travel and joy browsing.
Founded by Catarina Portas, a former journalist with a fondness for nostalgic design, A Vida Portuguesa has five locations (four in Lisbon, one in Porto), plus a well-stocked website dedicated to celebrating “the brands that have survived the passage of time and highlighting the quality of Portuguese manufacture.” The offerings range from household tools to textiles, and from the very humble to the elaborate. Here are eight that speak to us.
Go to Shopper’s Diary to see more of our favorite browsing sites, including:
- Salter House: An Artfully Old-Fashioned Shop in Brooklyn Heights
- Better Tools for Living: Casa Gonzalez y Gonzalez in Madrid
- Flotsam + Fork: A Couple-Owned Housewares Shop in Minneapolis