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Miguel Adrover: Designer

“People who come from islands have a different mentality,” says fashion designer Miguel Adrover, who grew up in the tiny village of Calonge, on Majorca, off the coast of Spain. “You feel like there’s nothing else out there, so it pushes your imagination further.” Adrover’s imagination has never been in question: Witness the increasingly challenging—and critically acclaimed—collections he produced in New York City until moving home in 2004 to get back on his feet following trouble with his backers. After taking over management of Es Jaç (13 Carrer Vallseca; no phone), a bar in Majorca’s capital city of Palma, and turning it into an exhibition space, he began working as the creative director for German eco-fashion company Hessnatur. Adrover’s strong commitment to green materials and the environment around him has made him a perfect fit for the company, for whom he has produced three capsule collections since fall 2008. “It helps that I’m connected to nature,” he says. “It’s paradise here.” —Alexandra Marshall

Adrover’s Majorca

  • Cabrera Island “About forty-five minutes from Palma, the island is a natural park with virtually no structures. We take a boat out and spend all day there.”
  • Mercat De l’Olivar “This great big farmers’ market, in Palma, has an almost Arab-bazaar feel. It’s like Dean & Deluca—but for the real world.”
  • La Cueva “The tapas at this fish restaurant are the best: pescaditos fritos (fried fish), pulpo (octopus)—a lot of great seafood, all really fresh.”

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