For many decades Portugal was the factory of Europe, from which luxury powerhouses and mid-market brands ordered their products, giving rise to one of Europe’s most sough after textile industries. And while many shied away from the “made in Portugal” label, some gutsy, creative entrepreneurs had enough vision to start their own brand and take advantage of the expertise and quality at their doorstep.
One of those adventurous individuals was Miguel Vieira,who for the last 30 years has been one of the country’s most popular and successful fashion designers. He is also one of the nicest people in fashion, and a joy to be with. Having attended his show in New York last fall, I was thrilled he found the time to join me for dinner.
And time literally flew by, at the lovely bistro Champanheria da Baixa, where we talked shop and life over a stunning eight mushroom risotto and a tuna tartare with the cutest passion fruit pearls. Rui Botelho and Bruno Gomes, the tasteful restaurateurs behind this faultless place, have recently opened a bar nearby, and insisted we go there for a drink. And what a nightcap it was at Red, in the very heart of downtown’s night life area.