Javier S. Medina
Madrid Store Calle de El Escorial, 28, 28004 Madrid, ES
- A glimpse into the artisan process or sign up for a course to create your own.
- A variety of woven animal heads in assorted sizes.
- Star, sun, and flower shaped wicker mirrors.
Calle de El Escorial, 28
WHAT WE LOVE
Handmade bamboo, wicker, rattan and natural fiber “ecological trophies”, animal heads, and mirrors following centuries-old traditional techniques. Javier Sanchez Medina, a self-taught artisan, opened his namesake shop and workshop in Madrid’s lively Malasaña neighborhood in 2014.
"My biggest inspiration is the old artisans that keep working, that are masters of their craft and enjoy every single thing about it. One of them would be my grandfather, I remember him working on our patio in Extremadura while I was helping and learning from him when I was a kid."
What makes Javier S Medina so unique? For good or bad the store is me, every single piece has been selected, restored or made by me. I adore every single thing in there.
What are Javier S Medina’s best-selling product? The natural fiber bull head trophy. It is how everything started and the most “Spanish” and iconic piece.
How are the animal heads made? Natural fibers that we braid in the Spanish traditional way (it has been done for thousands of years).
Who are your customers? Our customers are usually creative types that appreciate beauty, craft, and history.
What is the history of your shopfront? It was an old carpentry, my intention from the beginning was keeping the history and aesthetic of the old workshops in Madrid city center that I adore and unfortunately are disappearing.
How has the internet impacted your business? It has been a very positive tool that allowed me to show my pieces and creations to the world.
Javier Sanchez Medina, shopkeeper and artisan
Who inspires you? My biggest inspiration is the old artisans that keep working, that are masters of their craft and enjoy every single thing about it. One of them would be my grandfather, I remember him working on our patio in Extremadura while I was helping and learning from him when I was a kid.
What inspires you? A lot of things, travelling, meeting and learning from other artisans in different countries, magazines, books, creative people, visiting old markets and finding old furniture that I love to restore and give a second life.
Before I was a shopkeeper, I…. wanted to be a firefighter and studied for it, but I always wanted to do something creative and artistic.
Where did you learn your craft? Since I was a little boy I was always surrounded by artisans that mastered this craft, especially my grandfather.
Your favorite thing about having an independent shop? Using all my time on something that I love and I am passionate about. Having personal contact with all my customers and people that visit my store.
Your advice for anyone wanting to open a shop? Believe in your dreams, be constant, work for them, and go for it!
If you weren’t a shopkeeper you would be..? Anything related to being in touch with people and being creative.
What are your favorite local independent businesses? Fortunately, Madrid’s gastronomy is one of the best in the world and we have wonderful restaurants like la Carmencita, la Tasca de Celso y Manolo, la Vaquería Montañesa…, also my favorite coffee shop in Madrid, Cafe Angelica, formerly the oldest spice store that opened in Madrid in 1948.
What are your five favorite shops? Cheese shop, Formaje ; espadrille store, Antigua Casa Crespo ; Craft shop, Esparteria Juan Sanchez; bookshop, Taschen Madrid ; and organic food and Scandinavian design shop, itavoloverde .
I wish I could… One of my dreams would be opening a store with my aesthetic and vision in my favorite city in the world, New York, one day…
ON THE FUTURE OF RETAIL
"One thing that I have learnt and now I appreciate even more, after the pandemic, is the importance of personal and human contact with your customer. The shopping experience is totally different and the mutual feedback between you and your customer is essential.
I think that now we have to put even more effort into making our stores more beautiful and special than ever and create a unique experience for our customers. Being able to know the story of your pieces and have a conversation with the author who made it is incomparable and can never be beaten by online shopping."
Please note that Javier S Medina closes from 2pm to 5pm every day.