More and more Madrid designers and artisans are daring to open their own shops in the capital. From hand-sewn leather goods to jewellery design and accessories, along with old sweet shops converted into boutiques, we gather together the top shops in Madrid brought to you by local designers.
This accessories brand came into being in 1997 at the hands of Ana Carrasco and her husband, Jaime Lara. Its fresh, colourful designs are well-known both in Spain and abroad, after the firm participated in several editions of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid and broke into markets such as the USA, France, Japan, China, Italy and Great Britain, as well as participating in international fairs. In 2010 they opened their first retail store in Madrid’s C/Lagasca, and they now have over 50 outlets in Spain alone. It's a shop worth visiting just for the decor.
This interior design firm is responsible for decorating some of the nicest shops and restaurants in Madrid. With simplicity, the colour white, wood and flowers as their signature elements, these designers take care of the smallest details. Their space on C/Argensola is both a set for film and fashion photo shoots, and a place for corporate meetings and press conferences. Their pop-up shops are a must for anyone interested in interior decoration. Among the shops and restaurants that have turned to Madrid In Love are Dray Martina, Olive and Maricastaña.
This market was created with the aim of showcasing the work of talented Spanish designers, artists and illustrators and is held on the first weekend of every month (from 11am to 10pm) at the multi-purpose space Matadero Madrid, in Legazpi. Fashion, decoration and art are the mainstays of the fair, which targets entrepreneurs in the world of design. It was originally held bi-monthly and quickly became a top leisure event for Madrid residents. More than 300 artists have exhibited their work at the MCD, where you can also enjoy free concerts and workshops. Originality and innovation are its personal trademarks. There's a small patio where you can take a break and have a drink and a snack.
Madrid’s most famous espadrille shop has been open for more than a century and a half and is now run by the fourth generation of the family. Its fame spread far and wide in the 1970s after staging something of a revolution by incorporating coloured canvas in its designs. Among the many customers of this family-style business is Queen Sofía of Spain.
This shop-bazaar in the Barrio de las Letras appeared in 2005 with the intention of bringing together the work of artists and independent designers. The small and charming shop premises were occupied by a confectionery in the early 20th century and still retain the original façade. Besides handmade products by local designers, you’ll find vinyl records, books, fanzines, clothes and creations by international artists. Owners María and Charo have managed to combine tradition and modernity. It’s the perfect place to find an original gift.
For a real taste of Spanish guitar-making, drop by at this master guitar-maker's shop, which also has a great display of old and rare string instruments. It’s worth visiting the workshop to see how authentic Spanish guitars are crafted. Call first to avoid disappointment.
For more than 150 years, Casa Diego has specialised in the manufacture, sale and repair of umbrellas, fans, canes, parasols, shawls, combs and castanets. Located in Puerta del Sol, it’s become a must for anyone visiting the area. The business has another branch in the area at C/Mesonero Romanos, 4.