Birgu Blue is a one-of-a-kind, independent boutique, that’s also a workshop and atelier. The vibe is artisanal, slightly rebellious, and retro all at once. Here, designer Ozzy Chien and founder Claude Zammit Trevisan curate an eclectic selection of accessories ranging from hand-stitched leather accessories, eco-luxe perfumes, luxurious silk scarves, batik cushions, bags, homeware, and limited-edition prints. There’s also an assortment of accessories from emerging designers as well as more affirmed Maltese designer artists.
The shop also has a gourmet section proposing fine Ceylon teas, Ethiopian coffees, home-made organic jams, chutneys, pure honey and Maltese wines.
A Store in the Heart of Malta
In 2019, Birgu Blue opened its flagship store in the city of Birgu, Malta’s maritime capital and home to the glorious Order of the Knights of St. John, who first settled in Birgu in 1530, upon arrival on the island.
Our boutique offers a unique retail experience with a strong accent on artisanal creativity and bespoke service – a blend of leather accessories, gourmet products, jewelry, fabrics and vintage gems.
The store location has an intriguing history. It is located in the Collacchio quarter, that area exclusively reserved as living quarters to the members of the prestigious religious Order of the Knights, where the original Knights’ Auberges, opulent palazzos of notable architectural importance still stand today in the medieval plant-lined cobbled streets. The street was later named Britannia Street in the 19th century, when Malta formed part of the British Empire, and was eventually renamed Hilda Tabone Street in the early 70’s after a renowned Maltese opera singer whose family lived in the city.
Artisanal & Island Sourced Brands
What does our eclectic selection of items in-store share in common? We base our choices for our curated collection of brands on 2 fundamental principles. First, we favour artisanal work, one-off crafted pieces or small-batch brands. Secondly, we opt for island creations from around the world.
We strive to bring to our clients a collection of eclectic, artisanal and highly personal brands, most of which can be found exclusively in Malta at our store.
Oz – in-house leather ware and bespoke hand-stitched leather accessories – Malta
Urban Island – fabrics and handloom – Sri Lanka
Sillas Minorca Director’s Chairs – Island of Minorca
Eskedar – Ethiopia, with an interesting Maltese twist.
BlueFields – single blend, highland Ceylon teas – Sri Lanka
Nandana – single blend flavoured teas – Sri Lanka
With Love from our Kitchen – organic, home-made jams and chutneys – Malta
Parfums Clandestins – eco-luxe perfume oils and EDPs – Malta
Stephanie Borg – home and kitchen ware inspired by Mediterranean cement tiles and wrought iron work – Malta
Sonam – hand-cast one-off costume jewelry – India, inspired by Malta
Our store is characterised by an in-house leather artisan and master craftsman. Originally from Taiwan, Ozzy Chien studied leather accessory design at the world renowned Accademia Costume e Moda in Rome, and worked side by side with Master Italian craftsman and artist Stefano Conticelli on projects and commissions for royalty and multi-millionaire VIPs.
In a constant search for perfection, he experiments with new styles, processes and materials in pursuit of the perfect harmony of form and function, a balance found in studied design and meticulous attention to detail. Oz, which is our in-house leather accessory brand at Birgu Blue is all exclusively hand-stitched. Every single item is designed and produced in-house by Ozzy Chien.