I am from Madrid, love the city and want to share my special addresses. Every day a new idea, place or thing to do in Madrid. Everything has been thoroughly tested but it is only a personal opinion.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Madrid and The Secret Chinese Seamstress

I was reluctant, but today, I decided to tell you one of my dearest secret addresses: my Chinese Seamstress, A Lan.
Her story is special. First she owned a grocery store, but with little success. She used to grumble to her Colombian neighbor Armando (who owns a cabinetmaking business just in front) that what she liked to do was sewing. Then she decided to shift jobs and start a career as a couturier.
Her place is amazing. It looks a little bit disorganized, with bits and pieces all around. But be assured that A Lan is a real professional; from making a simple hem to copying any garment even from a photo of a magazine, she can do it. She has fabrics, but you can also bring your own. Just in front of her shop, you will notice that her atelier houses a group of Chinese men and women working behind sewing machines.

And best of all, apart from the good price A Lan offers is how friendly and amusing she is.

A Lan 
31, Luis Cabrera
28002 Madrid

La verdad es que me ha costado pero finalmente os daré una de mis direcciones más secretas y queridas: mi costurera china A Lan.
Su historia es simpática. Empezó con la clásica tienda de ultramarinos china, que no iba muy bien. Y hablando con su vecino colombiano Armando (cuya carpintería de arreglo de muebles está justo enfrente) le confesó que lo que le gustaba y sabía hacer era coser. Armando supo motivarla y finalmente A Lan montó su negocio de costura.
El sitio es increíble. Parece un poco desorganizado pero nunca (y llevo unos cuantos años yendo) han perdido nada ni se les ha pasado un plazo. Es capaz de hacer desde un dobladillo hasta copiar cualquier modelo que aparezca en una revista. Tiene sus propias telas pero también puedes llevar las tuyas. Y si por curiosidad miras en la esquina opuesta verás su taller, lleno de chinos cosiendo detrás de las máquinas.

Lo mejor, a parte del precio es su simpatía...
A Lan 
31, Luis Cabrera
28002 Madrid


  1. Fabulous! I'll definitely have to keep her in mind once we arrive in Madrid. Thanks for sharing

  2. i think your blog very informative, thanks for sharing.
    Best Regards,


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