This cool urban-wear store is located on one of the best streets for menswear in Barcelona, the Carrer del Duc, just off the high-street mecca that is Portal de l’Angèl. Founded by friends Xabi Zirikiain and Víctor Serna in the Basque town of San Sebastian back in the mid-nineties, the duo were movers and shakers on the city’s creative and nightlife scene. Today Loreak Mendian is perhaps best known for its superbly cut parka coats which are a must-have for many, as well as its original prints and innovative designs, striking the balance just right between stylish and easy-to-wear.
This elegant concept store established back in 2006 is located between the artist’s workshops and designer stores of the bohemian Gracia neighborhood. Offering a handpicked selection of designer labels, such as the French brand Le Mont Saint Michel or the Danish-based Norse Projects, the boutique specializes in European brands with an attention to quality fabrics and careful manufacturing made to last. Boo is the perfect place to source that extra special statement piece to brighten your wardrobe and find the perfect accessory to match.
While Parlament Street in Sant Antoni is considered to be one of the hippest hangouts in Barcelona for its bars and brunch cafés, it’s not particularly well known for its shops – with one exception: Trait Store. Opened just a few years ago, this trendy boutique offers a carefully curated selection of street wear for both men and women, including a handpicked choice of rucksacks, sunglasses and accessories. Head over on a Saturday afternoon when the other stores are heaving and treat yourself to a vermouth across the road on your way out.
Produit National Brut
If you’re looking for quality retro and vintage clothing, then French-owned Produit National Brut is the place for you. With everything from classic 1950s Americana to poptastic 90s retro that would make the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air look beige, PNB has a wide selection of items for both men and women, as well as a selection of accessories and a the odd piece of soft furnishing. With regularly arriving new stock, it’s worth popping in on a regular basis to find the best bargains.
El Corte Inglés
Sometimes all you need is a good old fashioned department store, and El Corte Inglés is Spain’s answer to this most Victorian concept (the name itself literally meaning ‘The English Court’). While the flagship store on Plaça Catalunya is the largest in town, hop across the square to the smaller store located just at the beginning of La Rambla and you’ll find a range of brands selected for the younger shopper – think Diesel, Scotch & Soda, Levi’s, Superdry, etc.
Despite the Italian name, this is a 100% Spanish brand and in fact, while today Massimo Dutti stores are a regular feature on high streets across Europe, the brand was founded in Barcelona back in the 1980s when it launched exclusively as a menswear label. It’s a great place to head to if you’re looking for some classic cuts and sophisticated wear, including shirts, suits and pleated trousers. But it also has a more casual line where you’ll find stylish t-shirts, jeans and jumpers.