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  • About XX

    Xiado da Xinela is the result of a dream shared by two friends that have incredibly similar values, tastes, needs and wants and a huge desire to share it with the world. 

    All great ideas result from a problem. Ours was the lack of clothing options in the forró world that would take our dance to a whole different dimension. 

    Because we work directly with dancers, we know this is a common struggle, so we are committed to do something about it and we will do it with love, the only way to make things matter.

    Our mission is to change the forró fashion and turn it into colours, shapes, patterns and textures that we all relate to. 

    Now the question that everyone is asking, why "Xiado da Xinela"?

    First and foremost let’s learn how to say it. Say “shhhh…” as if you’re asking for silence. “Sh…iado da Sh…inela”. There you go!

    Now, we’re not asking for silence here. On the contrary, these two Xs combined make up for the female chromosome that holds the whole spirit of this brand, that gives voice to so many female dancers.

    In Portuguese, Chiado da Chinela means the sound that shoes make when in contact with forró parties dance floors.

    We invite you to listen to the song “O chineleiro”, which says:

     o chiado, do chinelo, chinelando chineleiro com o chinelo só no chão a chinelar chineleiro – Trio Nordestino

    CAMILA ALVES

    A dancer since I can remember, it was finally at 17 that I found out about forró and its whole world. I soon started teaching and haven’t stopped since then, travelling the world and meeting wonderful people along the way.

    I was fortunate enough to meet Rita…

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    … in one of my trips (can I say that I don’t even remember when that was? When I came to realise the magnitude of this friendship we were already drinking Baileys, inside her jacuzzi on her Swiss balcony and watching Game of Thrones. Yep. Epic evening.) and only true Portuguese girls living away from their countries say to each other “if you lived here I would be so much happier”.

    In between small projects, somehow we knew we would do something bigger together one day. An idea was created and it could only come to life with her.

    My forró journey keeps me in close contact with all our clients to make sure we deliver the best dancing outfits, trying my best not to keep them all to myself!

    I am also a Business Management with Marketing graduate living my biggest dream, combining family, friends and my both careers in great style (pun intended) and with love, always.

    RITA MORAIS

    I’m a UX designer, solution designer full time. I started dancing when I was 16, tried a little bit of everything, but stayed around in the european folk community for almost 10 years until I found forró. Or let’s say, forró found me.

    I met Camila…

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    … very early in my forró journey and we clicked right away, her strength and power really resonated with my Porto blood, and it was obvious, big things were about to happen.

    Not only did Camila help me with my dancing as she does to hundreds and hundreds of people, she also pulled me into this adventure, to mitigate a big big gap we have here in Europe! Where to get good forró clothes/shoes/accessories etc. Let’s say Camila is the passion I’m the rational and together worked very hard to bring you XX!

    We hope you love it as much as we do!

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