March 11, 2021 0 Comments

Stylist Jenni Sellan Q&A with Petit Barcelona


@jennisellan @eve_global

Get to know our resident stylist & PB Boutique Manager Jenni Sellan


What is your role at PB and tell us a bit about what you do? 

I’m in store on average two days a week; That entails of course customer service. Part of my role outside of that is to merchandise and style the space to keep it looking fresh and up to date when we release new products and run campaigns and create styling content for social media. I also work with Helios on product development.
Jenni Sellan Wearing Petit Barcelona Spanish Leather Avarcas

You also have your very own styling business @jennisellan. Why did you want to become a stylist and work in the fashion industry? 

Honestly I was at a point in my career where I was bored and quite disillusioned with the corporate space. I had always had an interest in the industry so I thought I would do something to satisfy the creative in me and enrolled in a styling course which I completed over a 12 month period. I originally thought I would focus on personal styling but quickly found myself drawn more to the industry side of fashion and now find myself working on campaigns, model portfolios, digital runway and TVC. I have also in the last 6 months created a model mother agency, @eveglobal which is focused on the nurture and development of models entering the industry which is something I am very passionate about. 


Jenni Sellan Styling Petit Barcelona


Who and what inspires you? 

Kindness, generosity and authenticity; I’m inspired by the men and women I know who understand what it is to have and go after a dream, who also at the same time are acutely aware of the gift of the present moment and don’t let it pass them by.

What will you be wearing this autumn / winter?

I’ve always been about creating a functional, classic and stylish wardrobe, so for me I will be looking for key pieces that really add value to my wardrobe; I’m loving the simplicity in the new season, the neutral tones and the relaxed tailoring. As far as PB’s go, I’m a flats girl all the way and I’m currently living in my White PB Flat Avarcas; they are a bit of a fresh take on “sneakers” and the perfect ’throw & go”.


Stylist Jenni Sellan Wearing Petit Barcelona Leopard Print Flat Avarca Sandals


What is your favourite way to unwind after a day of styling? 

Let's be honest, the reality when you have a family is that sometimes the unwind simply looks like grabbing an early night. When the universe is favouring me, ideally, in the summertime you’ll find me catching the last rays of sun,  going for a dip and sipping on my favourite champagne and in the winter, we are lucky enough to have an open fire.... it’s where you will find me with a good book or my favourite magazine... and more champagne.


Jenni Sellan Stylist


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Getting the right fit
Petit Barcelona Fit Guide


We often talk instore about the perfect fit. What we’re looking for, how it should feel, and how to overcome any niggly foot problems you may be having. 

So, we asked Lauren, owner of Petit Barcelona, to sit down and answer a few questions that we’re asked regularly. Questions around fit, leathers and care of our sandals. 

How do I find my size?

The first thing you need to consider when buying a pair of Spanish sandals is the length of your foot. The length, not the width, of your foot will determine your size. We recommend you go with your standard size.

Narrow Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. If you are between sizes, go down a size. The best leathers for a narrow fit and thin achilles is to choose the thicker Nubuck leathers which will provide more support. 

Standard Fitshop the standard fit collection and choose your standard size. All of the leathers in the range will suit your feet.

Slightly Wide Fit - shop the standard fit collection and choose a leather that will give and mould to your foot shape - suede's and box calf leathers. It is also recommended that you try the New Wide Fit Collection as these will also provide the width you need. 

Wide "D" Fit - shop the NEW Wide Fit Collection if your feet are traditionally wider than standard (see further information below). Available in a selection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas - Shop here. Stick with your standard size as we have made the width slightly larger to accommodate the extra width room you require. 


Need an extra wide fit?

Love our shoes but find that the width isn’t wide enough? Then our NEW Wide Fit Collection is for you. 

Introducing our new Collection of Flat Avarcas and Platform Avarcas in a wider “D’” fitting size. Our first drop comes in our best selling Almond Nubuck, Black Suede and Metallic Braided Champagne Box Calf in both Flats and Platforms. 

How does the Wide Fit Collection work?

Our Wide Fit Collection is essentially the same standard fit length, but the width is wider than your standard fit. 

If you are normally a size 38 in length but a wide fit, most of the time you would have sized up to a 39 to accommodate the extra width needed. By going up a size, it often left you with a little too much room at the back of the shoes.

To check if our New Wide Fit Collection is perfect for you, please consult our size guide below (the column on the far right - Wide Fit Width - CM).

My shoes have arrived and are feeling very snug, is this ok?

It sure is! We want them to feel a little snug across the front of your foot! This is the part that will soften and mould to your foot with wear.

If your feet are within the stitching on the insole of the shoe you have the right size. Long toes may peep through the front of the shoe, others may not. This is a normal variance.

If the shoe feels a little snug but you’re not experiencing actual pain, you have the right size. 

If your shoes are too tight across the top of your feet, or your toes are pinching, then the NEW Wide Fit Collection of Flats and Platforms will be perfect for you. 

Simply shop the available Wide Fit Collection here


The back straps are quite loose or won´t stay up. Is this the right fit?

Your back straps should sit firm on your heels. They will naturally fall to the widest part of your heel as they wear in. They will at first feel like they might fall off, but they won´t completely. If your straps are gaping, or sliding up and down as you walk, but your length is fine, then our shoes are not the right fit for your heel shape.  

Many people who can´t wear back straps normally, choose our Platform Avarcas or Wedge Espadrilles, as the incline of the shoe means that the back strap stays up higher than the Flat Avarcas. 


Should my toes be visible or not?

As all feet are different shapes, the length of your toes are too. Whether or not your toes are visible is not an indication that your shoes fit or not. We like to think that when you haven´t had a pedicure, our shoes hide a multitude of sins! 


I don’t think I have the right size. What should I do?

If your Spanish Avarcas are snug to the point of pain you may need to go up a size. If your foot is within the stitching but the back strap is falling, you may need to go down a size.

Any further questions, please contact us via email at