WELCOME TO THE CLASSIC STYLE
Talking about a ‘classic style’ is maybe redundant, because elegance is classic in itself, understood as “a classic”, a “must”.
Without elegance, there is no class, no style and therefore no personality.
Thus “welcome to classic style” is a tribute to the origins of things that never go out of fashion, that are always in use and also a tribute to what is still today one of the nicest customs alive: coaches.
Driving a coach is a true pleasure for the senses of nostalgic people. Going back in time, stopping it, slowing down the haste with the noise of steps, offering you the chance to look at the surrounding landscape… no need for a time machine.
- Coach is the name given to carriages with two or four wheels made up of a large body –semicircular or otherwise–, suspended by straps or placed on springs with two side doors and windows with glasses inside of which there are seats for two, four or more people.-
So everybody knows that coaches go hand in hand with the equestrian tradition of our country. Both go several centuries back.
A coach was first seen in the Peninsula towards the middle of the 16th century. That is also the century in which the Royal Stables of Córdoba were founded, gathering the best royal stallions and mares and giving rise to the breed of the Andalusian horse.
The Andalusian horse is a historical breed well-known all around the world. Its official name is Pure Spanish Horse.
-Throughout the Spanish Golden Age, there was no doubt about the excellence of Andalusian horses. Lope de Vega’s comedy “The Commanders of Córdoba” not only shows the renown of Cordovan horses but also of their riders.-
There are several types of coaches, the most extraordinary and smart of them being:
Road coach [Coche de camino]. Intended for journeys.
Coach with steps to the doors [Coche de estribos]. A coach with seats by the doors.
Fly [Coche de regalo or coche de rúa]. Only used inside cities or for short distances for comfort reasons.
Hackney coach [Coche pesetero]. A coach for hire, other than a road coach.
At the beginning, coaches meant wealth, elegance and nobility. Today is a great little luxury, the very best of good things, those that give us the chance to be in contact with nature, with peacefulness, with beauty.
Carriages are for those who consider themselves kings and queens, princes and princesses, emperors of their own lives, those who want to enjoy genuine things, to appreciate the passing of time.
“I have always thought that there is nothing better than travelling by horse, since the trip is made up of endless arrival points. For example, when you approach a junction, a flower, a tree, the shadow of a cloud on the dirt of the road; when you approach a stream, the peak of a mountain, a foreign rock. It would seem that the road is making up surprises for the pleasure of the traveller’s soul.” Atahualpa Yupanqui
It is not a cliché for a bride and groom or the guests to a wedding to arrive on a carriage. It is a timeless classic that will never get old-fashioned and will always be a sign of elegance and romanticism.
Certain people believe one can also live on tales and dreams, and why not make them real whenever you decide to. There are infinite choices for a coach, including those that need the touch of a ‘fairy godmother’.
In Spain we are lucky to have one of the most highly appreciated horse breeds. How could we not take advantage of what we have? Enjoy a horse ride on a majestic carriage driven by Andalusian horses, in one of our many gorgeous Spanish landscapes. I’m in.
“Ir de tiros largos”:
Spanish idiom that means ‘to be all dressed up, with luxury and splendour’. This saying has its origin at the time when in Spain every family who owned a coach had the right to choose the number of mules or horses needed to draw the carriage. But only the King and nobility had the right to set themselves apart from those with a lower status. They could join/tie the animals to the front part or tiro of their carriage at a longer distance than the rest of people, as a sign of their social rank. The distance to the rear part of the carriage (tiros traseros) could sometimes reach up to four or five varas (3,334 to 4,180 metres) of straps or belts, hence the expression of “tiros largos” or “long straps”. Those members of nobility or royalty of course were always impeccably and smartly dressed, and therefore travelling in that kind of coaches became a synonym of being well dressed.
Lipizzan horses are the horses from the Spanish Riding School Spanish Riding School of the court of Vienna (Austria). The School organises some wonderful equestrian exhibitions, where riders and horses perform a dance showing an amazing harmony between the music and their movements.
Spain has always been known for having one of the best riding schools, as well as for the Spanish horse breeding, which was the most important and refined one in western and central Europe during the 16th century. The first curiosity about these horses is their Spanish origin. The first Lipizza horses were brought to Austria from Spain. The second curiosity is that these horses are born black and remain that way until they are eight years old, and then at that age most of them become white.
Long ago Emily Brontë said she would rather take a horse ride in a beautiful morning than sleep for one more hour…
When did you get on a coach for the last time? Would you like to rent one for your next event or celebration?
We are waiting for your answers and any nice comments you want to share with us.
And then of course… always encourage those things that keep the classics alive!