Rafael Adón at Old Spanish Days – Fiesta, Santa Barbara, California

July 5, 2017


August 2-6, 2017, marks the dates for the 93rd Fiesta that celebrates the history and traditions of beautiful Santa Barbara. 


Did you know that Santa Barbara is where the Rafael Adón story began? The roots and passion for what we do date back to 1999, at Rancho La Paloma, Santa Barbara so it comes as no surprise that Rafael Adón would be invited to be part of this cultural institution. 


RA is stitching up an extraordinary collection featuring the concept of the Spanish colonial game of chance, Lotería. The bingo-like game features traditional characters that are called out until all the figures on the game board are matched in a diagonal, vertical or horizontal orientation, 12-El Valiente (the brave man); 27-El Corazón (the heart); 4-El Catrín (the dandy) and many more.



This special collaboration is called Vida Remezclada: Lotería Tuya (Life Remixed: Your Lottery). Vida is a concept developed by Rafael Córdova, RA's founder and lead designer, and Santa Barbara based tattoo artist, of the famed Mission Tattoo, Carlos Napoles. In spring, 2017, Rafael first met Carlos when he tattooed the California bear, "I Love You California", on Rafael's arm. During that session the two quickly realized they have a shared interest in culture, art and history and a passion for remixing beloved icons in new new functional forms. It was then that the idea for this collaboration began to germinate.


For this exclusive leather collection, Rafael has designed ready-to-wear utilitarian yet iconic bag designs (buckets, hobos, totes) and smaller items such as wallets and coin purses, and Carlos will tattoo the Lotería character directly on the leather. The leather will be specially treated in preparation for the handcrafted bag. The super smooth leather yields a lush finish that is surprisingly light; the looks screams elegance.


If you’re in the area, be sure to stop and shout, ¡Lotería!, while you acquire your very own La Lotería bag!  Our collection is bound to play nostalgia chords in the hearts of those who grew up playing the game; those getting acquainted with the game, for the first time, will fall in love with our bags as well!


Cabrillo Boulevard August 5, 10:00am - 6pm, and, August 6, 10am - 5:00pm. Contact Rafael at 314-621-3784 for more information.






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