Remember the innocence of a childhood holiday? There was no utterance of having a #bikinibod, no obligation to document your holiday via IG pics and acts of communication between friends and family would consist simply by a vacation postcard. With the world seeming oh so different now, we’re nearly long for those times as much as we long for a summer getaway.

With pandemic measures relaxing by the week, all's not lost in the hopes of a holibobs. But as with everything in this new normal, the act begs a few questions: is it safe to be travelling now? Will it be worth the two week quarantine after? Will I end up having to sunbathe with a mask on? Amidst these ponderings comes the realisation that we’ve been cooped in one location for too many months; our brains are in need of the stimulation that trying to understand a foreign street sign will give us and we’re craving the experience of cultural differences. So the question remains: to go abroad or not to go abroad?

If these decisions became a little overwhelming, then we’ve got the solution at hand. We’ve done what we do best, and looked into our wardrobes to transport us (in a Narnia-esque fashion) to the destinations we’d rather be, donned head to toe in brands from that country. This week, we’re hero-ing Portugal, the home of Vino Verde and custard tart, as this week’s destination we’re wanderlusting/wardrobe-lusting over.

Now based in London, designer’s Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida have put their homeland of Portugal on the fashion map, with their brand Marques'Almeida. Combining inspirations from London into their design, the duo have been defined for their deconstructed aesthetic. This pastel toned shirt dress is as delightful as the sorbets the colours remind us of, and makes for a transcity staple.

What can be better than a basket as your summer bag of choice? Toino Abel, a basketry brand based in Portugal, has been reigniting the craft within its homeland since its inception in 2010. Working with a family of artisans who have passed down their tradition for five generations, a Toino Abel basket is the definition of craftsmanship.

The brand Ten Points may not be strictly Portuguese, but it’s won a place on our list for their sustainable efforts and ethos. Handmade in Portugal, these sandals are made with chrome-free leather that’s cut to reduce waste as much as possible. Don this yellow pair as a reminder of Lisbon’s sunny skies whilst walking the streets of London.

Shop the Portuguese brands below:

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