BConnected Living Concepts | Courtesy of BConnected Living Concepts
A decade ago the term ‘concept store’ was barely a thing, but in recent years the trend has truly taken off. They’re generally small and independent boutiques, offering the shopper a modern and innovative retail experience. They sell a lifestyle and, with a mix of well-designed products and brands not usually sold together, are curated to appeal to a certain type of customer. Take your browsing to the next level with our pick of the coolest concept stores in Palma de Mallorca.
Tribeca Concept Store
Tribeca Concept Store | Courtesy of Tribeca Concept Store
A trip to the Tribeca Concept Store in the centre of Palma inevitably involves being greeted by the owner’s chihuahua Zoe, who is a constant presence in the store. Inside lies an eclectic mix of antique furniture and knick-knacks, a fantastic selection of international magazines and books, greetings cards, contemporary jewellery (including the popular Hevn brand), textiles, candles, and hats.
A tiny but inviting shop in Palma’s old town, in what was once the the heart of the city’s jewellery quarter, Calame has an excellent selection of bags, jewellery and accessories for both men and women, as well as scented candles, notebooks and other items. The epitome of Parisian cool, but with a Mallorquin bent, this shop is the smaller sibling of a well-established concept store in Paris with the same name. The beautifully made leather products and stunning jewellery make it very hard to leave without making a purchase, and it’s the perfect place to shop for gifts.
This small shop, in Palma’s maze of narrow shopping lanes in the old town, has more to it it than it initially seems when peering through the window. Many of the goods have an artisan feel to them, but they are high end, and well-designed and crafted. Beautiful handwoven textiles and linens sit alongside delicate glassware, contemporary lighting, bags, jewellery, candles and a number of felted items, including Baabuk slippers.
Bconnected Interior Design, Palma de Mallorca | Courtesy of BConnected Living Concepts
BConnected Living Concepts, in Santa Catalina, is a store dedicated to lifestyle, interiors and good design, and stocks a select range of furniture, textiles, lighting, homeware accessories and art. The store is bright and bold and showcases small independent designers as well as big brands, and has a range of artworks by local expressionist artist Rafa Forteza. Waling around it is a bit like walking around a design showroom or gallery. The textiles are stunning, and the store has a few selected vintage pieces as well as new items, and also stocks BConnected’s own line of products. Be warned, though: even the smallest of items comes with a high price tag, so unless you’re feeling particularly flush, this store is mostly about inspiration.
With its cool contemporary interiors, polished concrete floors and neon sign hanging above the carefully curated clothes rails, Mãos wouldn’t look out of place in London or New York. Selling mostly menswear, but with select womenswear too, the store was started by three locals with a passion for Scandinavian and European design and young up-and-coming brands. It’s a relaxing and sociable space, with a Chesterfield sofa set amongst the rails, and shelves displaying Danish brands Samsøe & Samsøe and Les Deux, and Barcelona’s Thinking Mu. They stock limited numbers of each item, so be sure to move fast if you see something you like.
Rialto Living, a large store in central Palma’s old Rialto cinema building, bills itself as a lifestyle concept. There are three floors dedicated to interiors, fashion, art and design, as well as a stylish cafe, regular exhibitions in a gallery space and a small floristry area by the entrance. The building itself is stunning and Rialto hosts many events and art openings. The creative team behind this place certainly know what they’re doing; if the window displays and a glimpse through the doors don’t draw you in, the enticing signature scent that drifts out of the store as you walk by certainly will.
Well established in Palma, the Position Concept Store was one the first boutiques in Spain to stock Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe. The store is moodily lit and seductive, catering to both men and women, and they generally hire stylists to work in-store, making for an deluxe shopping experience. Brimming with fantastic (and often monochrome) clothes by the likes of Rik Owens, Rundholz and other cutting-edge, innovative brands, they also have an excellent range of accessories, including an impressive array of vintage Ray-Bans and sought-after Reinhard Plank handmade hats, as well as perfumes and candles.