The place to be for all fans and makers of electronica music, Sónar 2014, is about to begin. For three days the most advanced in music technology will inundate Barcelona day and night. Are you ready? To help you get there, we've put together a list of shops where you can find just what you need to prepare yourself, body and soul, and get in the mood with a taste of the festival soundtrack as well.
Get some festival wear
For 40 years they’ve been fiercely dedicated to the thing they love most: vintage. And one of their headquarters can be find right in the Raval. The marché aux puces (flea markets) and the industrial furniture give life to this chain born in Saint-Tropez where you can find everything from retro clothing to furniture imported from France and the United States to accessories, books and magazines.
Duke is a multi-brand shop that carries both formal looks and sport attire, and it's the shop to beat for fans of street wear. Duke features classic brands like Fred Perry, chic French names Sessùn and Petits Hauts, Danish designer Ganni, urban labels like Wrangler and Carhartt, Dolfie boots, and accessories from Beatriz Furest.
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.
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.
Put on your dancing shoes
Odd is not a normal shoe shop. It is more of a space dedicated to shoe fashion in which each shoe has its own rightly earned spot. Displayed like books, you can browse through the brands, the special collections and the latest creative designs by such as Abington Timberland, Dr. Martens Premium, N.D.C Made by Hand, Ash, Hunter, See by Chloe and Sonia Rykiel, among others.
Top it all off with accessories
In 2011, Majorcan designer Nataline moved her universe filled with beautiful handmade items from cyberspace to a little corner of Sant Antoni. Her shop boasts a great assortment of colourful, feminine clothing that she has made herself as well as heaps of truly original accessories.
Get a bit of culture
We need spaces where the exchange of ideas is allowed to flow, where small local projects can be started and promoted. From this philosophy and a passion for vinyl, Discos Paradiso was born. Music and form matter here, and you're sure to discover some treasures of your own.
Despite its beginnings in 1996 as a bookshop specialising in the Humanities, La Central has become one of the benchmark spaces for readers, authors and publishers. You can find titles on anthropology, architecture and design, art and film, photography, but also collections of poetry and artworks, among others. La Central has one of the best selections of foreign-language novels in Barcelona, with a great variety of books in English, and not just bestsellers or classics. It's also a great spot to pin down hard-to-find editions you've been searching for to add to your shelf.
Keep your eyes open wide as you enter into this little illustrated cave, packed wall to wall with stories about bears hunting salmon or the latest graphic novels from the hottest authors this second. This is Fatbottom, the graphic bookstore featuring everything from the classic comic book to pure artistic illustration.