Valencia is a city drenched in culture and creativity, so it’s no surprise that this little city is home to plenty of independent designers and fashion boutiques. You’ll find vintage and retro stores scattered around the bohemian neighbourhoods of Ruzafa and El Carmen, and some very high-end boutiques around Canovas. If you want to pick up something unique on your visit and support local businesses at the same time, here are some of the shops you should check out.
Needles and Pins
Another vintage and handmade clothing and accessories store found in the El Carmen neighbourhood, Needles and Pins has quickly gained a local following thanks to its curious collection of fashion, homeware, books, music and other vintage items – all of which apparently tell a story. These are displayed alongside their own-label clothing, with new designs made from vintage fabrics. You’re guaranteed to find something surprising and unique here.
Santo Spirito Vintage
One of Valencia’s coolest shops, this vintage store stocks upscale brands like Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, plus denim labels like Levi’s and Diesel, alongside their very own, Santo Spirito Vintage. The unique and reasonably prices t-shirts and hoodies feature quirky designs and slogans (like “Where there is paella, there is hope”) that will remind you of your trip to Valencia forever. They also stock a great range of accessories.
Another vintage treasure, this one is slightly more high end, with an impressive collection of very cool clothes. It also has very friendly staff and even hosts the occasional DJ or party. If you can’t make it to the store in person you can check out their style at their online shop.
The name is similar to the last place on the list, but these guys have a style all of their very own. This little designer label, with cool retro-inspired designs at affordable prices, was born in Valencia and you can check out their stylish boutique in the El Carmen district or browse their collection online.
A visit to this little shop is like a visit to the Far East, with an ambience created by exotic sounds and scents. The shop is like its own little world, with a slightly eclectic collection of clothing, accessories and jewellery, along with furniture and other items, much of it with an oriental touch. The prices are on the high side, but this is a great place to find something truly exclusive.
If high-end designer fashion is more to your taste then Valencia has no shortage of boutiques housing collections from exciting local designers. One of them is Alex Vidal, a Valencian designer who has a small line of boutiques in Spain and abroad, acclaimed for classy designs using clean lines and luxurious fabrics.