"must-have accessory for every bronzed fashionista making their way to one of Ibiza’s many beaches."
Another work item that has now become a sartorial statement is a pair of traditional espadrilles. You see this charmingly quaint footwear on feet and shelves all across the island in varying shades and styles, but 100 years ago they were essential for a day’s work in the fields. Generally worn by payesas, they were an inexpensive way to protect feet from the hot, dry soil, and women would set aside an entire day to construct one pair of shoes. It’s a skill that’s been passed down through generations, with today’s craft bearers proud to protect the roots of their ancestors’ sustainable craft.
Elsewhere, there are all manner of leather goods on display. A craft perfected by the ancient Greeks who were the first people to develop tanning formulas, the skill was brought to the Balearics by the Moors who sold goods in exchange for food. Leather’s hardy nature made it perfect for protection against the elements, but nowadays it’s less about necessity and more about style – handbags, purses, shoes, belts and accessories; some suede, some metallic, some adorned in fluorescent pom poms – Ibiza has become a haven for those keen to adorn limb with quintessential Balearic panache. For a selection of the very best, head to the small village of San Miguel on a Thursday, when it’s transformed into a bona fide leather emporium by some of the island’s most skilled craftsmen.