Hidden Kitchen in the middle of shoes and leather
www.chefsins.com ( 27/03/2017 )
“We already knew that we were going to a shoe factory. What we did not know was which, “one of the guests recognized us as soon as he arrived at the Hidden Kitchen place with Marga Coll (Miceli and Arrels by Marga Coll). OK, we have to assume that this time the clues we sent to the daring diners who signed up for this mysterious dinner were a little easier than usual. We wanted to play, but we did not want to be guessed beforehand … On entering Inca the Premium Proa BMWs that moved diners from the meeting point to the dinner place, the suspicions of many of them increased, but guess not It was going to be so easy. Among all the shoe and fur factory that is in the area of Raiguer, only one could be chosen. And, in this case, it was the almost centenary Kollflex, originally from Selva.
We hide the kitchen of Marga Coll in the old factory of Kollflex, the emblematic Mallorcan footwear company Kollflex, who was born in Selva in 1927 by the hand of Llorenç Coll Sampol, moved to this old factory about 40 years ago. Today, the brand maintains part of its production on the island – another part of the peninsula – but these facilities have retired the sewing, gluing, polishing, etc. machines. and has given them a place of honor in the recently inaugurated Jungle Footwear Museum, which contains jewelry as machinery, original pieces from its first collections and advertisements of the mid-twentieth century brand. Currently, Kollflex is present in almost the entire world, carrying its leather products throughout Europe, Asia and America. When we arrived at Kollflex, we made the diners pass to the front row of a very original parade: the chef Marga Coll performed six models from Kollflex’s Spring – Summer 2017 collection. A shoe, an appetizer. Miceli’s team paraded with the selected models while serving the appetizer in question. Meanwhile, Pep Coll, commercial director of the brand, presented the models one by one. An original way to start a menu and a different way to present a collection. Surely none of the diners imagined upon arriving at the factory that they were about to witness a live parade. The parade started with the Cinnamon woman sandal, a tan sandal sandal that Marga interpreted with a crunchy Mahón – Menorca cheese. Then came, among others, a red mullet roll to the Mallorcan to wear a sand colored gentleman’s moccasin or an original black rice with all-i-oli with which the chef played a zebra-patterned woman’s sports. We present 6 models of Kollflex shoes with an original model pass that mixed footwear and gastronomy At the end of the parade, the guests agreed to the Footwear Museum of Selva, where the Coll family explained the reason for this installation and the pieces it houses, where 100% of the manufacturing process of a shoe can be admired chronologically. In this area of the factory there were machinery, museum pieces, old advertisements … but no kitchen, no tables, no chairs. Where had we hidden the kitchen of Marga Coll? “A little more to the bottom”. Specifically, behind a wall of shoeboxes, where it had been years since anyone had entered to play and where once there had been a factory at full capacity. The activity is intuited by seeing the dozens of machines with a layer of dust that has been deposited there over the years; the shelves in which some time ago the necessary materials for the production of footwear were stored; the rail mechanisms in which, 40 years ago, the workers of the factory made shoes run in production; the tiles stained with glue that the shoe no longer needed. There, and right there, is where we set up with the Jaiak event equipment rental company an improvised kitchen and an improvised dining room, all decorated with elements of the factory. Scraps of skins served as colorful underclothes and old shoe lasts were customized to assign the seats, among other decorative elements. Jaiak event equipment rental company made it possible to set up this makeshift restaurant in a former shoe factory The smell of skins flooded the entire space, covered only by the aromas of the dishes that Marga Coll was cooking, one after another, before the eyes of the twenty diners. From a consommé of thrushes to an original dessert, “Shoe sole”, all of them paired with the wine proposal of Bodega Biniagual, explained and served by Cristina Basáñez, commercial manager of this Mallorcan winery that has returned the wine and agricultural production to Llogaret de Biniagual, located a few kilometers from the urban center of Binissalem. Between wine and wine, and to cool off a bit, Evian water, always present at Hidden Kitchen events. And finally, a proposal of petit fours and coffees and teas from Marabans Coffee & Tea put an end to a very different evening. In addition to the gastronomic experience, diners took home two gifts courtesy of Kollflex. On the one hand, a shoe shape personalized with his name and, on the other hand, the commemorative book of the 75th anniversary of the brand. We hope that the experience remains in your memories. This event is only possible thanks to the involvement of numerous brands that give their support to the Chefsin project and the trust of the diners, who sign up for a dinner without knowing where we are going to take them, what they will eat or with whom they will share table.
Inauguration of the new Footwear Museum in Selva.
Ultima Hora Newspaper (09/24/2016)
The Kollflex factory in Selva will live a second youth thanks to the initiative of the businessman Pep Coll, third generation of a shoemaker family, and the artist Joan Lacomba. The space shows, in a simple way, a journey through the way to produce quality shoes and also offers a selection of models from several decades ago that provides a perspective on the styles that have happened over time. But this museum goes a step further and also includes a sample of the work of several artists related to the municipality of Selva, such as Andrew Pinder, Biel Noguera, Francesc Alegre and Olé, Jaume Coll, Joan Sastre, Mara Grubert and Miquel Salom. Although the most spectacular piece of all the enclosure is the enormous installation of the own Lacomba, call Mans, mans, mans, peus, that attracts immediately the glance of the visitor. Conceived as a tribute to all the men and women who have dedicated their lives to this world of the most traditional footwear, the great piece receives visitors in the center of the exhibition.
Kollflex inaugurates a shoe museum combined with artistic expressions
Diario de Mallorca (09/24/2016)
The old shoe factory Kollflex in Selva has transformed part of the building that once housed the manufacturing processes to a permanent exhibition in homage to this industry. Last Thursday the museum was inaugurated.
The exhibition houses old machines and utensils used for making shoes, and combines them with artistic expressions of various authors, all of them residents in the municipality.
Pep Coll, a member of the third generation of entrepreneurs, who brought forward this brand, was in charge of presenting the new initiative. The interlocutor expressed, with a certain longing, “the importance of the manufacture of footwear in all the region of Inca, and especially in the municipality of Selva; something that with the opening of this museum we want to preserve for young people who today are unaware of this rich past “. Coll was also excited to remember how two generations of his family made shoes on the spot and how the third was forced to leave the clothing to devote himself solely to commercialization.
The museum is distributed following the model of chain manufacturing. In other words, machines and other manufacturing tools have been placed in the order they would follow in the manufacturing process.
You can see elements from different periods of the 20th century, most of them.
Coll recalled: “At the time of planning to face the project we have the invaluable collaboration of local artist Joan Lacomba, who, from the beginning, was interested and actively participated.” Lacomba is responsible for coordinating the artistic show that accompanies the historical. He himself is the author of a manufacturing car tower crowned by hundreds of lasts that, with a considerable height, is in the middle of the museum.
The opening ceremony had a large attendance of people related to the world of footwear as well as local and regional authorities.
The mayor of Selva, Joan Rotger, thanked “the interest of a family in the municipality for providing a tourist offer more and for the interest of preserving their own ethnological and cultural heritage”