What are two things we immediately think of when we hear “Barcelona?” FC Barcelona, obviously, and – for any eyewear connoisseur – the cult eyewear brand ETNIA BARCELONA! We’ll overlook the Spanish Metropolis’ many other highlights, such as the Sagrada Familia or Güell Park, for the moment.
The city of Barcelona, with its liveliness and unique culture, is a fundamental part of the respective DNA of both the world-famous soccer club and the eyewear label. Neither the club nor the brand would exist in their current form, if they weren’t so deeply rooted in this city. Adding the name of the city to the brand itself is a way for ETNIA BARCELONA to show its love and commitment to its hometown.
There’s no better way to express that sense of unity and common heritage than working together on a project with a common purpose. In this spirit, the FCB and ETNIA BARCELONA dropped a collab at the end of the past year to express this sentiment and seeks its like. The Barca Collaboration is made up of seven models, six of which are part of the sub-line “Los colores de nuestra historia“ – the colors of our history. This allows ETNIA to indulge its passion for color in full measure. The vintage frames, made of natural acetate from Mazzucchelli, as well as the mineral lenses – made with HD color technology – reflect the manifold colors of the Catalan people. The six models of this line are meant to serve as an homage to the greatest achievements of the FCB: six champion’s league titles, the latest of which was won by the women’s team in 2021.
The seventh model from the capsule collection is the 1899 GOLD model. The highlight-model is named for the founding year of the association and features a black acetate frame, decorated with gold applications. The design also incorporates elements of the FCB’s coat of emblem. It’s a must-have item for FC Barcelona fans, though not everyone will get one. 1899 GOLD is a limited-edition model. With a fanbase as massive as that of the FC Barcelona, getting your hands on a pair may prove difficult.
photos BIEL CAPPLONCH for ETNIA BARCELONA