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Barcelona deluxe

November 2018 | Trends | Shopping | Barcelona

Barcelona may well be one of the world’s foremost luxury cities with its extensive range of exclusive brands, cutting-edge design and countless treasure-laden shops.
Barcelona deluxe
Lydia Delgado Store | © Lydia Delgado

There’s no doubt about it: this is a luxury town. This corner of the Mediterranean not only offers a beautiful setting and a delightful temperature: it’s an international hotspot for shopping where Passeig de Gràcia rivals New York’s Fifth Avenue and Paris’s Champs-Elysées.

Indeed, at Passeig de Gràcia emblematic buildings like the Casa Batlló and La Pedrera stand side by side with the luxury shops bearing the names of the big international fashion houses: Valentino, Prada, Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton... One shop not to be overlooked is Santa Eulalia, which opened back in 1843 and quickly became a focus of Barcelona haute couture. Now, in addition to custom-tailored garments, it carries labels like Balenciaga, Proenza Schouler, Carven, Isabel Marant, Christian Louboutin and Kenzo. Likewise, at Jofre one finds the most exquisite multi-brand luxury while Como Agua de Mayo is a splendid boutique with an incredible selection of the best Spanish fashion from Lydia Delgado, Miriam Ocariz, Josep Font and more.

El Born district is being refurbished but it preserves its medieval distinction. Barcelona celebrities come here to visit shops like Menchén Tomás, where they get dressed for their red carpet appearances.

You’ll also find luxury in the city centre and the Gothic Quarter, where local premium shops display crafted products made in Barcelona, and two other spots –El Portal de l’Angel and Porta Ferrisa– boast a number of select fashion shops for both men and women. The Maremagnum centre has wonderful views of the Mediterranean as well as choice fashion and Pedralbes Center and L’Illa Diagonal are two more shopping centres that feature deluxe brands.

Textile past
Barcelona  does honour to its history of textile manufacture. In addition to its magnificent boutiques carrying luxury labels, it boasts the ateliers of internationally acclaimed designers whose crafted creations are all the rage. A case in point: the Ailanto brothers, whose exquisite collections may be seen at their atelier-shop.

Antonio Miró, the ambassador of Barcelona men’s fashion in recent decades, stood out at the last edition of the 080 Barcelona Fashion show, where designers like Celia Vela, Guillermina Baeza, Josep Abril, Justicia Ruano and Lola Casademunt also won warm acclaim.