The shopping highlights of Barcelona pay host to luxury lineages of Calles such as Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya. Here, you can pretty much find every immaculately presented store dedicated to its namesake brand, with their entire collection and identity laid out to educate and entice their prospective clientele. However, for the more discerning international shopper seeking that ´something little different´, an independent multi-brand experience not only allows them to perform a one-stop-shop, but also to achieve more atypical and inconspicuous purchase. If you are looking for the most options in the least distance, then these boutiques are well worth a visit;
¨Barcelona is a wonderful shopping destination and I would like to recommend it to every fashion lover who strives to have the finest things in life. It is cheaper than in Western Europe because it is located in Spain and their merchandises are even more affordable on sale ¨- Christo Alkmaar
Located on the expansive Diagonal is the infamous Jean Pierre. This boutique first opened back in the 1980´s and is a now firmly established fashion favourite with separate boutiques for both females (BUA) and males (Symbol). The contemporary three level shopping experience plays host to every covetable designer imaginable. Metallic offerings from the Belgian Wunderkind DriesVan Noten and New York´s revered Marc Jacobs, sit beside high octane glamour from Moschino and Atelier Versace across from intercontinental rails featuring Avant Garde god Maison Margiela and more conservative ready-to-wear favourites from Chloe, Marni, Missoni, Junya Watanbe and WOOYOUNGMI.
Founded back in 1843 and taking pride of place in Barcelona´s version of Rodeo Drive (Paseo de Gracia), the magical shopping haven known as Santa Eulalia fuses tradition and innovation with more than 2000m2 of retail space, stocking labels such as Balenciaga, Celine, Proenza Schouler, Kenzo and Givenchy amongst others to offer a unique shopping experience with men´s and women´s collections, pop-up store area (with guest designers) plus a Bistro and Champagne terrace bar to afford you some retail respite. If you wish to be immersed in a unique shopping experience emanating from luxury goods and personalised attention, then a visit here will make it a memorable one.
The Barrio Gothic of Barcelona is home to the beautiful and the Baroque. Doshaburi pays homage to this by presenting a less than mainstream option. Its namesake philosophy translates to ´torrential rain that purifies the soul´ and you can assume the boutique has similar reaction. The owner (and buyer) has a noted sensitivity in selecting the individual and sometimes conceptual pieces from revolutionary maestros such as Ann Demeulemeester, Hussein Chalayan, Kris Van Assche and Lemaire which sit in dramatic contrast with their surrounding aesthetics.
Last, but not least. If your overwhelming passion is for accessories, then Barcelona´s Eixample also has this covered succinctly. The city´s only multi-brand accessory shop, Cherry Heel has been delighting clients since 2012 within its Modernist enclosure which gather prestigious Italian brands and presents infinite style options for both men and women. Its captivating interior introduces high end scarves, belts and bags from creative power houses such as Roberto Botticeli, Rupert Sanderson, Casadei and Alberto Guardini.
Article: Charles Daniel McDonald
Photography: Each Prospective Boutique