Fashion Flash Barcelona
Fashion editor Dominique Afacan hits the streets of Spain’s second city
Top of the Shops
Bright and beautiful fashion label Custo was set up in the 1980s by two Spanish brothers, inspired by the creativity of the LA scene. Now it’s a much-loved international brand, and a must-visit on a fashionista’s city break.
7 Placa Olles, Tel: +34 932 687 893, www.custo-barcelona.com
Located in the trendy El Born district, this gallerycum- clothes shop is really unusual. As well as cool threads and streetwear from various designers, there are magazines and urban art to snap up.
15 Comerc, Tel +34 933 100 735, www.iguapop.net
AGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA
The bold and eccentric clothes from this Spanish designer are a hit all over the world. Also check out her super-trendy furniture and stationery.
314–316 Consell de cent, Tel: +34 932 155 288, www.agatharuizdelaprada.com
In the Zone
Leave the Barri Gòtic and cross over Via Laietana to find small, hip boutiques, such as Como Agua de Mayo and Beatriz Furest Barcelona, accessories shops and cool design stores.
This edgy, boho zone – previously a run-down, red-light district – was given a new lease of life with the opening of the MACBA gallery. Now you’ll find cool music shops and second-hand clothes stores, particularly along the Carrer de la Riera Baixa.
PASSEIG DE GRACIA
Do some wistful window shopping on this busy L’Eixample avenue, lined with the likes of Chanel, Armani and Adolfo Dominguez.
“I like colourful clothing, but in classic cuts. I’m also crazy about shoes!”
CARMEN, 30, FASHION SALES MANAGER
“I wear second-hand accessories, mixed with high-street brands. Today, I’ve got Adidas, H&M and vintage.”
MARTHA, 23, STUDENT
DRESS LIKE A LOCAL
- Tailoring is important, so make sure your clothes are cut well.
- Keep things relatively smart — too scruff y and you’ll stand out for all the wrong reasons.