Since the beginning of last year, these have been somewhat uncertain, unknowable times for humankind. With no warning, the world came to a halt and seemed to turn on us, forcing us to redefine our priorities and ways of life.
After months of hardship, we need some hope. We all need a little hope. Hope for a better world. Fairer. More equal. Responsible. Compassionate.
The fashion business is, by definition, a well of art, talent and creativity, but it is also our future. This brand-new Soul is a promise for the future. A future full of hope. A brighter future. One in constant reinvention.
The Portuguese fashion industry is made up of more than 5,000 companies employing more than 200,000 people. In footwear alone, every year some 80 million pairs of shoes leave Portugal for the rest of the world, as part of our commitment to quality and excellence rooted in the accumulated wisdom of different generations, periods of massive investment, a little daring and a lot of creativity. Ultimately, it’s our job to surprise the market with innovative and sophisticated products at a fair price.
Ten years after the first issue was launched, Portuguese Soul has stayed true to its mission: to set off in search of home-grown talent, whether it be in fashion or footwear (of course), but also in the arts and entertainment, tourism and gastronomy. In this brand new Soul, discover a taste… for Portugal.
— Paulo Gonçalves, Editor-in-Chief
Table of Contents
Choices With Soul
Onofre: Number One
The Soul of Soul
In Her Words: Raquel Prates
A Living Language of Hope
The Sign of Future
Somewhere Beyond the Sea
Portugal: Comfort Footwear Dreamland
Historic Belcinto launches LeatherGoods brand
Road to the Future
Magui in Wonderland
Hope is All We Need
The Charming of Bruno Nogueira
Luís Sousa Lopes
Portuguese Fashion Abroad
Point of View
With Magic in Their Feet
Chef Rui Paula
When Fashion and Culture Come Together
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