You might not realise it, but Spanish fashion brands can be found on most of world high streets. The likes of Zara and Mango have become go-to stores for shoppers looking for affordable fashion that translates catwalk looks into wearable, flattering pieces. At the designer end, Loewe with the UK’s Jonathan Anderson at the helm, is a firm A-list favourite, with waiting lists for its coveted bags. Elsewhere, newer names like La Portegna and Bimba y Lola are putting Spanish design on the map. Here, we bring you some of our favourite continental labels, plus our pick of their latest collections.
If any brand has truly cornered the market for translating catwalk trends to the high street, it is Zara, a label loved by fans of high-street fashion and luxury labels alike. It’s now an open secret that many of the most fashion-forward looks are a mix of high-end and high-street pieces, and Zara is named in street-style features time and time again. Accessible yet high quality and always on-trend, Zara adds something new and unique to a classic designer look.
Today, Inditex is one of the biggest fashion companies in the world. As well as Zara, it owns seven other retail chains: Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Oysho, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius and Uterque. Each brand has its own individual charm and audience. Bershka, for example, caters to a young, fashion-conscious market while Massimo Dutti has a more refined and formal style. Inditex’s portfolio has been carefully arranged to appeal to the maximum possible audience and it has been credited with putting Spanish fashion retail on the map. Inditex, however, is not the only Spanish brand making its mark right now. From the high street to luxury labels, Spain’s leading fashion brands offer everything you could need to perfect your wardrobe.
Zara’s unique position in the industry is a testament to the astute business model instigated by parent company Inditex. While the design team – which encompasses hundreds of talented creatives – pays close attention to the latest fashions, it is the customer that really directs Zara’s collections. Only a small number of pieces are created before the season starts. If a piece is seen to be doing well, the team then makes five similar pieces, each with a design twist, and the most successful of these are produced more widely. As most of its clothing is made in Spain, where Inditex is headquartered, the brand is able to react quickly to its customers’ needs.
Adolfo Domínguez celebrated 40 years in the business in 2016. He launched his first store and menswear collection in 1976, and his signature aesthetic of beautifully considered simplicity quickly won fans both at home and abroad. In 1984, he dressed the cast of iconic American TV show Miami Vice and his crisp linen suits inspired a generation of stylish men. In the same year, he launched his extremely successful womenswear collection. The brand’s strength lies in the enduring appeal of its timeless signature style, creating pieces that you will wear for years to come.
Bimba y Lola
In 2005, María and Uxía Domínguez – Adolfo Domínguez’s nieces – proved that talent runs in the family when they launched their label Bimba y Lola. The brand is named after the sisters’ pet greyhounds, who are also referenced in the label’s logo, and its carefree and colourful aesthetic soon attracted the fashion industry’s attention. Now with more than 80 stores across the world, the brand has turned from a small local company into an international label.
No round-up of Spanish fashion brands would be complete without Mango, a label known around the world for its accessible, feminine and fashion-forward style. Since its first store opened in 1984 on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia, Mango has been winning fans with its mixture of trend-led pieces and high-quality wardrobe staples. Each season you can be sure of finding the perfect black jacket or white shirt, as well as catwalk-inspired pieces to inject something new into classic looks. With over 1,900 stores across five continents, Mango is one of the world’s most recognisable brands.
Delpozo was founded by Jesús del Pozo in the 1970s; the brand was first known as simply “Jesús del Pozo”. It was a much smaller brand with little international recognition, until Grupo Perfumes y Diseño, the company that had Delpozo’s perfume license, acquired the brand and started a new chapter with a different direction and angle. Delpozo is nowadays a high-fashion brand with high-spending clientele to match. Gowns that are sold through the brand’s retailers can fetch upwards of $5,000, while custom pieces that aren’t produced on a massive scale can cost even more.
Unique millinery pieces born out of artistic passion and the creative impulse. Tolentino Hats started many years ago creating elaborate pieces for the catwalk, working together with haute couture masters in fashion shows. In some cases, their work has attracted the same attention and praise as the clothing itself. Over time, they have introduced hats and headpieces that can be worn on special occasions or even every day, pieces that combine a classic cut with a touch of the modern and exotic.
Tolentino hats are always hand-made to order. Each single piece is individually crafted by their milliners and personally supervised by Manuel or Felipe.
With such rich and varied offerings, it’s no wonder that Spain’s leading labels have an ever-increasing presence in world wardrobes. From everyday staples to standout pieces, there has never been a better time for Spanish fashion, or a better excuse to go shopping online in Spain.