Many Girona residents remember the mythical Partisano in Plaça de l'Oli, one of the city's landmarks of the ska movement during the '90s. And they were overjoyed when, in 2015, a new Partisano opened, situated just 50 metres from the original venue but with an up-to-date remit. The way music is sold has changed irrevocably but at Partisano you'll still find the most savage protest T-shirts, not only because of their anarchist and feminist slogans but because Partisano has taken on the power of the Asian textile industry to create pieces woven and cut in Catalonia, illustrated by local artists and printed in their workshops in Celrà. In terms of must-have products, we suggest the T-shirts with the feminist phrases of activist Angela Davis and an all-in-one for republican babies. You should also check out the official T-shirts of Valencian band Obrint Pas and the merchandise from St. Pauli, a football team from Hamburg (Germany), which is generally agreed to be pretty bad but is known for having a lot of moral strength and for being a symbol of the working-class struggle and the anti-racism movement.
Girona's fashion designers allow local people to dress fashionably without the need for large corporations or Asian production. Some of them are small family businesses that design, cut and sew fabric, inviting you to find a more authentic, personal style than what is dictated by 'mainstream' fashion magazines. Others are world-famous but design and manufacture their clothing right in Girona — sometimes even getting you a lower price!
Many of these collections are inspired by the Costa Brava light and its way of life, but what's most important about them is that with every piece of locally made clothing that goes into your wardrobe, you're helping to ensure regional job security and reducing the ecological footprint of an industry that's a huge source of pollution. Acting with consciousness has never been so chic.