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A Loja da Burel - window display

 
I came across Loja da Burel a few months ago when the weather was warm. I’ve been patiently waiting for the temperatures to cool and for the autumnal weather to return before sharing with you this lovely shop with unique gift ideas that are perfect for fall and winter (and Christmas is less than 2 months away now!).

 

A Loja da Burel - backpacks and hats

Backpacks with hoods, backpacks without hoods!

 
Burel is a typical artesanal Portuguese material that is derived entirely from wool. After undergoing a series of twisting, spinning and pounding processes, the wool becomes very dense, versatile and water resistant. The final product is known as burel and is almost felt-like to the touch. Traditionally, burel was used for capes and other outdoor wear for shepherds due to its sturdiness and warmth. But Loja da Burel has made taken this material and put it to other uses, such as home decor and fashion accessories. And they do it extremely well!

 

A Loja da Burel - spun wool

How they make all these beautiful items

 

A Loja da Burel - clutch

Gorgeous (water-resistant) clutch

 
For the home, I absolutely love the burel-lined benches; the intricate, flowery cushions; and an adorable flat floor cushion shaped like a fox. You can find some colorful throws for your bed or couch that will keep you cozy and your home stylish. If you’re looking for clothing, you can find burel coats, capes, and even shoes! Burel accessories include handbags, backpacks, hats and jewelry. What most surprised me about this store is how versatile the material is and how skillfully it’s been utilized in so many ways.

 

A Loja da Burel - accessories

Accessories for the home and your wardrobe

 

A Loja da Burel - scarves

Scarves of every pattern and color

 
A Loja da Burel - fashion accessories

 
Aside from burel, they also have other 100% Portuguese wool products, which provide a softer touch for items such as scarves (say no to itchy necks!) and blankets. I especially love how they incorporate traditional prints into modern styles, the same way they incorporate a traditional fabric into modern styles.

 

A Loja da Burel - bench

Burel bench

 

A Loja da Burel - necklaces

Burel necklaces

 
Don’t worry if you’re not able to visit their shop in Lisbon (R. Serpa Pinto 15b), they have one in Porto too! For those further afield, check out their online shop and have a look yourself at their many beautifully-designed products.

 
Amongst such incredible pieces, it’s hard to choose which is my favorite. Which one is yours?

 
A Loja da Burel - home and outerwear

 

A Loja da Burel - satchels

Burel satchels

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  • Gail at Large
    November 1, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Some friends were visiting in May, and I encouraged her to buy a souvenir that would last, and be both functional and fashionable (she’s a fashionista). I suggested Burel, and she ended up buying a Burel blanket.

    • aportugueseaffair
      November 1, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I’m so glad! What a great souvenir to take home! I’m sure she thinks of you and her trip to Portugal every time she uses it 🙂

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