Great shops for women's fashion
The best spots to find the latest in women's clothing and more
Tue Jul 9 2013
This beautiful locale in Sant Gervasi – where white walls and tiled floors dominate – is the base of operations for Sayan. The Balinese influence is undeniable: silks, embroidery and colours abound, and there's even more to admire in the display case full of scarves at the entrance. In the shop, almost all of the fabric has the Sayan tag: Soledad designs the clothes and much of it is made in Indonesia. All is practical and perfect for urban living with a definite exotic flavour.
- Madrazo, 129, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
Elena Castaudi and Michele Gilli are the unbeatable team behind On Land, a multi-brand store that is sure to please both men and women. For her, clothes by young, Barcelona designers like Name and Who. For him, interesting options by the likes of Josep Abril, On Land and Gorni Kramer, the latter two designed by the store's owners. Suits, shirts, t-shirts and casual trousers that offer a solid foundation for your wardrobe without losing sight of the trends.
- Princesa, 25, Born-Ribera
In this little shop just off Avinguda Diagonal and Via Augusta you'll find urban, feminine clothes from such well-travelled brands as the French Sessùn or Belgian Bellerose, Temps de Cérises and Des Petits Hauts.
- Comte de Salvatierra, 2, Gràcia
Labienplantá is a shop that is constantly reinventing itself, starting with its front window. Although Andriana Fajeda has a weakness for Scandinavian brands, she also embraces many local designers. Different brands come and go, but of late you might find Alexandre Nedderman, the label that Alba Gràcia and Carola Alexandre share, El Colmillo de Morsa, and Borne by Elise Berger on the racks. In the accessories area, the quartz necklaces by Lo Lou and the wicker baskets by Twenty Violets stand out.
- Bruc, 39, Eixample Dret
Located in a light and airy space in Eixample, this shop run by Cristina and Judith Serra stocks exclusive brands such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Neil Barrett, Dsquared and Forte Forte. The accessories and perfumes by names like Nez à Nez and Miller Harris are just some of the most tempting items on display. Customer service here is with a personal touch, a custom inherited from the first Serra Claret store, a tailor-made dress shop that opened in Manresa in 1933.
- Provença, 278, Eixample Esquerre
With vintage touches to its decoration, and its display of dresses on three floors this shop feels just a bit like a dolls house. You'll find a coffee shop in one corner.
- Rambla Catalunya, 111, Eixample, 08008
Timeless, modern, tactile and streamlined: four adjectives that define the design principles of COS, the high-end collections of clothing giant H&M. The store on Passeig de Gracia sells clothes and accessories for men and women that are marked by clean lines, Nordic and Asian influences and a subdued colour palette. Guaranteed to surprise.
- Passeig de Gràcia, 27, Eixample
Barcelona now has its first Scotch & Soda store, a place where followers of this Dutch brand can find all the basic, non-seasonal items for their wardrobe. Drawing on a wide range of influences the clothes are full of detail, though always with one eye firmly set on the vintage.
- Rosselló, 247, Eixample
Pinc Store is the shop, workshop and creative lab of Ana Tichy, a designer who works with and reworks sewing patterns, stretches the boundaries of the textiles she uses, and also includes embroidery in her collections.
- Encarnació, 24, Gràcia
A manifest, a set of ethics, a price: none of the garments or accessories found at GreenLifeStyle break the principles of sustainability, recycling and fair trade. Another unwritten rule is support for design. We love the Milch jumpsuits, the knitted pieces from Caro-e, the colours of the Maronskis and the silhouettes from Las Racines du Ciel. Dress for winter with a hat and a knit sweater from Carolina Simón.
- Torrent de l'Olla, 95, Gràcia
Elegant, sophisticated and very feminine clothing that will never fall out of fashion.
- Plaça Comercial, 4, Born-Ribera, 08003
Àlex González has reinvented the clothes shop Boo without leaving the Gràcia neighbourhood or losing the essence of what makes it special. They stock international brands such as Saint James, Penfield and Levi's, and items from independent designers including Tuk Tuk and Plectrum. Check it out, even if just for the fun of getting changed in a 1920s Barcelona telephone cabin.
- Bonavista, 2, Gràcia
Three fashion designers with the same qualm: visibility. Nerea Lurgain, Elena Gallergo and Olga Prat are the owners of The Box, a shop that resembles a stark, white box where they display their collections as well as those of other budding independent designers on the local scene, like Angela Band, Ida Johanson, Iris Morata and her incredible shoes, along with Beatriz Palacios’s costume jewellery.
- Brosolí, 8, Born-Ribera
Le Monde de Sophie is a shop with a Parisian air that sells stylish clothes imbued with romance. Dress yourself up in names like Sugar Hill, Traffic People, Pepa Loves, Kling and Dí Que Sí. Treat yourself to a touch of glamour to perfectly complement or spice up the basics in your wardrobe.
- Santaló, 58, Sant Gervasi