Seville has a reputation throughout Spain as a very stylish and fashion-conscious city. Unsurprisingly, then, the Andalusian capital is home to some of the country’s most exciting fashion designers. Whether you’re after a handmade flamenco dress for the city’s annual feria, or a stunning new pair of shoes, read on for designers from Seville you need on your style radar.
One of Spain’s most famous fashion labels, Victorio y Lucchino was founded by Seville-born José Luis Medina del Corral and his partner José Victor Rodríguez Caro. The two designers met in the early 1970s while both working for a Seville design company, since which time they have created a brand of the highest quality inspired by the ambience and climate of their native Andalusia. Velvet, organza, and chenille are preffered fabrics for Victorio y Lucchino’s luxurious garments, and the label is particularly good (if not cheap) for eveningwear.
Since finishing his studies seven years ago, Alejandro Santizo has established himself as one of Andalusia’s most innovative flamenco fashion designers. A stunning recent collection of trajes de gitanas—as the flamenco dresses are called—was evocatively named “My Dawn Is Called Aurora” and took its color scheme from the various hues of dawn, from warm oranges and reds to pale blues and greys. Other pieces have been inspired by the elaborate celebrations of Semana Santa in Seville and use luxurious fabrics such as velvet and damask. Santizo works out of a classy boutique off the eclectic Calle Feria, in the heart of the city, and is often present to talk to customers.
Alejandro Santizo, 4 Calle Amargura, Seville, Spain, +34 674 46 21 40
For high-class women’s shoes, Sevillano footwear designer Eduardo Ruiz is your man. Inspired by periods living in France and Italy as well as the architecture of his hometown, Ruiz produces exquisite seasonal collections of female shoes for all occasions. A recent collection of footwear has taken inspiration from some of the striking bridges that cross the Guadalquivir river in the Andalusian capital; designed in Seville and made in Italy, they’ll set you back about 500 euros (purchases via the website only)—but for shoe-lovers the money will be well spent.
Eduardo Ruiz, Calle Joaquín Costa, 47, Seville, Spain, +34 647 88 55 78