Though only beginning her career as a fashion designer five years ago (when she was 25), Granada-born Beatriz Peñalver has enjoyed remarkable success to date. In 2013, Peñalver’s fashion film Quimera won a prize at San Diego’s prestigious La Joya fashion film festival and the next year the young designer presented her debut collection – she’s released seven to date – at the New York Fashion Week, one of the most important events on the fashion calendar. Not bad for a Business Studies graduate who at that point had only been in fashion for a year or so. Her latest collection – 2017’s “Red” – is a range of chic, colourful dresses and tops; the garments aren’t cheap – t-shirts start at around $200 – but nor would you expect them to be, given that Peñalver is one of Spain’s most exciting designers.
Still only in her late 20s, Karolina Fresneda is one of Spain’s top shoe designers. Born in Granada in 1988, Fresneda first worked in the bridal sector before launching her own brand, the success of which she says is owed largely to listening to exactly what her clients want and thereby creating their “dream shoe”. As a result of the expertise she gained working in the bridal sector, footwear for weddings is a core aspect of the Fresneda offering, but shoes for absolutely any occasion can be made from scratch in the Granada studio (although orders must be made through the website). The designer has also made an attractive collection of flamenco footwear.
Mother and daughter designers María Isabel Hita Luzón and María Isabel Arcos are the talents behind Granada’s leading flamenco fashion designer, Hita y Arcos. Providing a stylish and innovative range of the world-famous dresses – known as trajes de gitanas, or “gypsy dresses” – as well as all manner of flamenco accessories, this is the place where Granadinos without the constraints of a budget go to be dressed for the city’s annual June feria.