These 6 Fashion Designers from Valencia Should Be on Your Style Radar

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Writer9 June 2017

Valencia is a city brimming with creative energy, evident in everything from its many musical performances to its abundance of avant-garde street art murals. So it’s little surprise that the city also excels when it comes to creative fashion design. If you want to update your wardrobe with a slice of truly Valencian style, here’s our pick of the established and up-and-coming designers you need to know about.

Francis Montesinos

One of the most celebrated local designers. Montesinos is famous for combining different concepts – such as mixing the boho aesthetic of southern Spanish folk style with details from Greek mythology – to create bold, complex designs. Of course, some designs were also inspired closer to home, with some looks taking cues from the traditional regional costume of Valencia. Check out his designs on his website, where those looking for a piece of his work can make an appointment to visit his studio in Valencia.

Alex Vidal

Another of the brightest stars in Spain’s fashion world. Vidal’s 35-year career has seen him work at the Bluemarine and Valentino studios and then create his own brand, Álex Vidal, in 1980. In 1982, the first Alex Vidal boutique opened on Calle Sorní in Valencia, soon followed by two more. His collections are characterized by a sophisticated, sexy, urban style.

Alex Vidal, Calle de Sorni, 12, Valencia, Spain


Local designer Tonuca creates functional, practical clothing for women without compromising on style and creativity. After studying design and Fine Arts, Tonuca began her foray into the fashion world in 1998, and a year later opened her first boutique in her home city of Valencia. Her designs have since been seen on catwalks from Milan to Paris. In the Valencia boutique you’ll find a selection of creative yet wearable items with shoes and accessories to match.

Tonuca, Carrer de Félix Pizcueta 20, Valencia, Spain

Tonuca models getting ready for the catwalk. Photo courtesy of Tonuca.

Noelia Navarro

This young Valencian designer has been going from strength to strength since launching her own label, NoNa, in 2003. After creating numerous collections, she became known for her elegant designs, making a name for herself elsewhere in Spain as well as on the Parisian fashion scene. Visit her studio in Valencia by appointment only.

Higinio Mateu

For high-end couture and evening wear, check out the exclusive creations of Valencian designer Higinio Mateu at his showrooms in Madrid or Castelló. From the avant-garde to classic, the collections are defined by their creativity and elegance. The designer’s wedding dresses and men’s and women’s evening wear are popular with Spain’s high society.

Higinio Mateu, Carrer d’Alloza, 13, Castelló de la Plana, Castelló, Spain

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Dolores Cortés

If you’re visiting in the warmer months, stop by this Valencian boutique to make sure you look your best on the beach this summer. This local designer specializes in swimwear, creating pieces to suit every woman’s style and shape. She also produces a range of great value children’s swimwear.