Beatriz Parras is the brain behind Secretos de Alcoba (“Bedroom Secrets” in spanish). She puts her hands and his heart, in the service of his passion for fashion and design. Thanks to the passion created his signature, which allowed him to open her way into a universe full of details and subtleties. It is not in vain that their headdresses and hats are a reflection of an aesthetic and quality which have earned him admiration and respect.
In an interview I spoke with Beatriz to meet the universe by Secretos de Alcoba.
How were your first steps in the design of headdresses?
I lived in London for a few years and was working as a window dresser. When I returned to Barcelona I had an event in which I wanted to take a hit but I didn´t found nothing because a few years ago they didn´t use them there. My mother is a seamstress and dressmaker so I went to the haberdasher she recommended me, buy what I needed and made my first headdresses. Then friends and my sister started to take care headdresses and tell me they liked it. I made a blog, I left my job and started to dedicate to design headdresses. The first advertising has been the recommendations from the people who buy me “word of mouth”.
What kind of material do you use?
I like to use different materials. Feathers, all kinds of ornaments, beads and antique accessories such as buttons. I like to innovate and bring something different. The classic headdresses usually has classic materials but I prefer to do something more daring and innovative so that people feel comfortable wearing during the day. It is more casual. That means that you can use a saturday night. Of course in this case it is not so big, but it can be a smaller piece that you can wear with your casual outfit.
What are the two lines touched you make?
I made little headdresses, in this case it is a headband with a small detail that can be used daily. Also I made the same but for the night and party. On the other hand, I design headdresses, which is commonly known. They are more elaborate and use at a special event where you want to highlight that part.
What could you recommend someone who has never used a headdresses?
To begin it would be best to use something small. I have clients for which I have already done five headdresses, and at first they used one smaller and now use the big ones.
What is the process from first contact with the client until you have the finished product?
If is online, send me a picture of the person and look to be used at the event. With that information I will design some sketches, some changes and adjust the customer chooses the one you like. Is stitched and sent. If the customer comes to the showroom, it is the same process but in person where you can see what you will use and the accessories. In this case the client is involved in the creation process. Choose the materials and see all the possibilities out there. We do a test, then sew and takes him.
How long have you make a headdresses?
It all depends. Some headdresses can take up to five hours. I was doing a collaboration with Montse Liarte and each hat takes me fifteen hours of work. So it all depends on the material and what are you doing. There are headdresses that are simpler and more complicated. Some are made with the technique of headgear, are wired with interlining, and others that are made with an element that is easier to shape and to mold it.
In general, the client already comes with an idea, with an outfit or dress to wear or simply leave advise?
There is everything. Some people coming with a clear idea of a style that has seen or something liked it. On the other hand, some others don’t know what they want because they have never used headdresses. Many times they tested some headdresses I have in the showroom, a good way to see which is the best for each person.
What kind of hairstyle headdress recommend to use with the headdresses?
There are clients who want to highlight the hairstyle. But there are others who want the opposite. Always I look what kind of hairstyle would be better considering the kind of face and headdress to be used.
What inspires you to design a headdresses?
If it’s a headdresses that I drew up without being designed for a client in particular is inspirations of things I see on the street, in the museum, in a picture. And if it is a special request from a client, the person inspires me, the look that bears and especially his personality.
What styles, colours and details have you used for the new season?
I used metal and old forges combined with the colour palette of the season.
Why have you used the name Secretos de alcoba for your brand?
My grandmother was from Navarra, and lived in a big old house. In the top of the house, she had a place she called “the bedroom” and when I was a child I loved to go up there to play. She had suitcases and old things, and I saw them as great treasures. Just like in the movies. I liked them because they were like secrets, things I had saved and I was discovering. When I thought about the name of my brand, I thought of those secrets and how they are emulating the vintage pieces from the 20’s and 30´and I thought that Secretos de Alcoba would be a good name.