Spain’s most famous fashion brand is the flagship label of Inditex, a Spanish clothing behemoth that also owns Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Bershka. Zara Man offers garments that combine classic cuts and lines with leading contemporary design, at mid-range prices. The brand’s other strength is that clothing for every type of occasion is available, so whether you’re after a sharp new suit to impress your colleagues or stylish t-shirts for a holiday, Zara won’t disappoint.
For effortless cool, the hugely popular Spanish menswear brand Mango Man is hard to beat. From shirts and blazers to jackets and loafers, this ten-year-old-brand offers elegant, well-cut clothing and accessories to suit any season or purpose. Prices at Mango Man are fractionally higher than its main high-street rivals Pull & Bear and Zara, especially for shoes, but still represent superb value given the quality. Outlets can be found in most Spanish towns and cities.
Pull & Bear
Another Inditex label, Pull & Bear is a staple on most Spanish high streets and a go-to store for casual menswear. It’s the place to come if you want standard garments such as chinos, t-shirts and shirts, but with an urban, contemporary slant. This distinctive look is not just popular amongst Spaniards in their 20s and 30s: recent years have seen Pull & Bear open several stores in the UK, too. A decent range of guys’ accessories is also available and prices are extremely competitive.
With 1000+ stores in over 70 countries, Bershka is one of Spain’s most internationally-successful brands, accounting for around 10% of Inditex’s annual take. Its menswear is characterised by a grungy, urban-chic style and is aimed at youngsters “who are aware of the latest trends and are interested in music, social networks and new technologies”. Perfect if you’re after something for a night on the town or any other kind of casual occasion.
For smart menswear, the Italian-sounding Massimo Dutti – another star of the Inditex stable – has few rivals in affordable Spanish fashion. The brand’s style is smooth and classic, with traditional cuts and designs favoured over wacky, catwalk-inspired trends. Its strong points are suits and shirts, which come with the kind of impeccable cuts you’d usually associate with bespoke clothing. And with over 200 stores in Spain alone, you’re likely to find one wherever you are.
The popular Barcelona-based brand Desigual made international headlines in early 2011, when it offered free clothing to shoppers brave enough to visit to one of its Madrid outlets dressed only in their underwear. As was demonstrated by that memorable publicity stunt, this is a label that likes to do things differently; accordingly, its menswear is distinguished by edgy, colourful and asymmetrical designs that will make the wearer stand out from the crowd.