Famous for its modernist buildings, green surroundings, Mediterranean lifestyle and high quality of life, Barcelona is now gaining recognition as one of Europe’s fashion capitals.
The city has a number of great shopping streets, offering you all the usual brands you will find elsewhere in Europe, such as H&M, Mango or Zara, along with high-end designers like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. In fact, the entire city of Barcelona is pulsating with designer stores and classic brands from all over the globe. Besides the Mangos and Zaras, however, there are a number of excellent and unique boutiques in Barcelona that you really should check out.
Desigual is an institution in Barcelona. In business since 1984, it is well known for its signature multi-coloured patchwork designs that you either love or hate. The brand was originally created in Ibiza by Swiss businessman Thomas Meyer and today it has stores in over 60 countries around the world, including Slovenia, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Egypt. Desigual sells clothing for both men and women and also bedding and soft furnishings, each of them decorated with the brand’s unmistakable burst of colors.
Ailanto is a Spanish clothing brand that specializes in unique color combinations as well as geometric patterns in its clothing. The brand was founded by the Muñoz twins, Iñaki and Aitor, in 1995, and has since become a recognized international name despite having just two boutiques, one in Barcelona and the other one in Madrid. With a look that is typically Spanish, the clothing is very popular among young fashionistas who dig the geometric designs and beautiful fabrics.
Location: Carrer d’Enric Granados, 46
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Colmillo de Morsa, whose name translates as “walrus tusk”, is a Catalan fashion brand that was founded by Elisabet Vallecillo and Javier Blanco. Their philosophy is to craft by hand rather than by machine, not unlike the Nordic traditions that inspire their designs. The designers focus on tiny details that they use to embellish their clothing, creating outfits that combine modernity and tradition. They are great adepts of sustainable fashion, working only with European suppliers, with natural fabrics that do not use toxic dyes. Their business ethics are impeccable, which includes guaranteeing that each person that is involved in the crafting of their products has dignified work and economic conditions.
Location: Carrer de Vic, 15
Ivori is a fashion store dedicated to selling Catalan clothing items. Each of the items sold in the store is carefully chosen by Carola Alexandre, in an atmosphere that combines the white shade of ivory, wood beams, and beautiful paintings that make the shopping experience even more pleasurable. Some of the brands that can be found at Ivori are Rita Row, Verdugo, Srta Bolitas, and About Arianne. Besides clothing, the store also sells jewelry, purses, shoes and other accessories.
Location: Carrer dels Mirallers, 7
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Rebel Root is an online boutique selling clothes made by a social and environmentally-conscious group of artists and designers in Barcelona. Their collection includes inspiring and modern designs for men and women, with graphic t-shirts, dresses, pants and much more. Rebel Root is committed to fair trade, making sure that the money that they make gets handed back to everyone in the production line. They practice what they like to call “ethical fashion”, which ensures a minimization of the environmental impact during the process creating the garments, the improvement of the quality of life of those working for the brand, and selling only quality products which are fairly marketed.
Pinza’t is a Barcelona-based environment-friendly brand created by a group of designers who make bags using 100% recycled materials such as plastics, rubber, old seatbelts or whatever they can get their hands on. The brand was founded in 2000 by sculptors Samuel Nualart and Dolça Teruel, who got their inspiration from the NYC graffiti scene. They wanted to create bags that were as unique the street art that could be found all around the trains and subways of the American city during the 70s. The founders of the brand are also deeply connected to the biking world, which means most of their products are adaptable to bikes. The result is a line of products that are durable, sustainable and that make a statement.
Location: Carrer de Grunyí, 7
Koetania is a contemporary jewelry store by designer Daniel Bellido and architect Marta S. Blanco who specialize in producing tailor-made pieces. Much like some of the brands mentioned in our list, Koetania values and respects our environment, which is why they use eco-friendly methods of producing their pieces. They use only materials that were harvested using ecological methods of extraction, they recycle old jewelry, they only work with local suppliers, producing every piece by hand, and they don’t believe in mass production, practicing a slow form of commerce. This and the beauty of each of their products makes Koetania the perfect place to find a unique wedding ring or piece of jewelry for that special someone, even if that special someone is you.
Location: Carrer de Blai, 28
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