The fascinating Andalusian city of Córdoba is home to some of the leading figures in Spanish fashion. Here are the best of them – artists whose bold, original work every fashion-lover will want to see for themselves when visiting Córdoba.
Cordoban designer Elio Berhanyer is a legend in the world of Spanish fashion. Over the course of a career that is about to enter its 60th year, Berhanyer has dressed Spanish royalty such as Queen Sofia and Princess Doña Pilar and American showbiz stars Ava Gardner and Cyd Charisse, as well as taking on the slightly less glamorous commission of designing uniforms for the Iberia airline. He is currently the Professor of Fashion at the University of Córdoba, a position that is no doubt enabling the maestro to inspire the next generation of Cordoban designers.
The sombrero Cordobese (which resembles a flattened-out bowler hat) is worn by both men and women during Córdoba’s annual feria and is a piece of attire for which the city is famous. What better way to commemorate a visit to Córdoba, then, than to have one made specially for you. This family business is the leading designer and maker of sombreros Cordobeses in the city, so pop along and have one of you own made out of the highest quality materials.
1 Calle Conde de Cárdenas, Córdoba, Spain, +34 957 47 79 53
Along with its leather goods, Córdoba is famous for its jewellery and boasts over 1000 joyero companies. One of the best of these is Ana Martina, a small, family-run company tucked away in the winding lanes of the city’s former Jewish quarter. Available for purchase from this traditional silversmiths is an exquisite range of jewellery, handmade from natural and precious and semi-precious stones and inspired by the history and culture of Córdoba.
Twenty-six-year old Alejandro Palomo – founder and creative director of fashion label Palomo Spain – is spoken of with great excitement by fashionistas as Córdoba’s leading young designer. Most recently, Palomo enjoyed great success in New York, when he unveiled several new collections at Cadillac House in February this year. The designer’s studio and store is in a little Cordoban town called Posada (about a half-hour drive from Córdoba itself), but fashionistas visiting the city won’t mind making the journey to see the bold creations of this rising star.
Ruval is the popular fashion label of Cordoban designer Eva Lieva, with a store on one of Córdoba’s smartest shopping streets. Since opening her first fashion store in her home town in 1999, Lieva has created a range of women’s clothing and accessories for every occasion and is particularly known for her shoes and bags. She is often present in the outlet on Calle Góngora (which sells other designers’ clothing, too) so you can stop in and ask the friendly designer for the latest fashion tips when you’re visiting Córdoba.