Retail Report with André Opticas

— November 7th, 2012

André Opticas carries the best fashion brands in the world, as well as collections from the best independent designers. Founded in 1981, with a single store in Oeiras, Portugal, housed in a traditional arched Portuguese building; André Opticas now operates four additional stores, where care and attention to detail continue to be their main driving force – juxtaposing traditional values with forward thinking design. We recently caught up with the owner, André, who shared with us a glimpse of beautiful Lisbon, Portugal, and his choices for food, fun, and leisure.

Favorite Beach:
“Carcavelos in the Winter”
Central Lisboa, Portugal
Favorite Store:
“My own!” – André Opticas in Lisbon
Rua Figueirinha 24, 2780 Oeiras, Portugal
Favorite Eatery:
“Cantinho do Bem Estar at Bairro Alto”
Rua do Norte 46, 1200 Lisbon, Portugal
Favorite Bar:
Bar dos Gémeos
Praia da Mó, Carcavelos 2775, Portugal
Favorite Club:
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém A, Cais da Pedra a Sta. Apolónia, 1950-376 Lisboa, Portugal
I’m always searching for the perfect:
“Pair of glasses, wave, and snow”
Peace, Culture, or Adventure:
Fondest Memory:
“Fishing Marlin with my Grandfather”
The perfect souvenir:
“Snow Globe”
The best hotel or place to stay:
“My friends beach Hut in the South of Sagres, Portugal”
A particularity/originality of the neighborhood:
“The day by day life, it’s very friendly and everybody knows each other (that can’t be found in any travel guide)”
What do you fancy about the neighborhood:
“The Architecture”
What makes the neighborhood special:
“The cultural mix, the old and the new living in harmony”
Shop Anecdote:
“We have a client that buys frames and sunglasses every month, but when he comes in, he brings a bag full of wigs to try them when he’s choosing the frames – its always a big laugh.”

Images (clockwise): André Opticas storefront, Cantinho do Bem Estar at Bairro Alto,
Carcavelos beach, club LUX, André Opticas logo, and the surf at Carcavelos beach.