Meyba, anyway, anyhow, anywhere.
We design sneakers for people of style, who are both demanding and original and dare to combine upbeat elegance with originality, quality and wit.
Ever since our adventure took off in the 40s, Meyba has found a way to keep its soul and hold true to its values of energetic elegance and freedom. We aspire to spread the Meyba spirit across oceans from Barcelona to Rio, Melbourne to Tokyo and New York to Hong Kong.
Meyba is Mestre y Ballbé.
Meyba’s roots lie in Barcelona and was founded by two dudes in the 1940’s. When José Mestre and Joaquín Ballbé (or ‘Me-y-Ba’) teamed up they had a dream of creating classic swim– and sportswear, and Meyba was born. They became a popular brand, bringing the people on the sunny beaches of Barceloneta stylish shorts, T-shirts and shoes, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Meyba became an international celebrity.
They signed a deal with Fútbol Club Barcelona and became their royal supplier. During the ten years that FC Barcelona was dressed in Meyba gear they won just about any prize and honour you can think of. With star players like Laudrup, Koeman, Bakero and the young Pep Guardiola, the team went down in the history books as the ‘Dream team V1’.
A: For me, the definition of a classic would be something that lasts over time and doesn’t depend on fashion or trends, we simply continue to like them no matter what year it is.
F: They generally go along simple lines, and when you find something classic there is something in it that clicks in your brain.
A: I think life has sped up in every way. For example, the Internet is one of those things that could have negative consequences for
our generation but at the same time we’re actually getting some very positive things from it.
F: My name is Fran Ríos and together with Adriana we create Ölend backpacks, which we have been making for two and a half years now. It all really started as a little adventure between me and her in our home…
A: I think since we’ve started this project I have more of a reason to get up in the morning, and I guess it’s because I’m doing what I want and love which is very important to me in life, but apart from work and the things I have to do when I wake up, it’s also thanks to the people with whom I share all of this.
Left: Olivia Garcia, 22 years, events responsible at Secret Room, Villa Olimpica.
Right: Julieta Averbuj, 28 years, filmmaker, Parc de la Ciutadella, Born.
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