Our insider for the Butterboom shopping guide to Barcelona is fashion photographer Gerard Estadella. Gerard has become something of an international icon from his home town of Barcelona over the past few years. His website I Can Teach You How To Do It photographs the beautiful people of Spain and has since gone on to become the talk of the fashion world internationally. His friendships with the likes of Leigh Lezark have seen his website go from a chronicle of Barcelona and nightlife to the go to guide of fashion week and parties across the world. With this in mind Gerard is offering his fashion tips and incites to Spain’s most enigmatic city and playground of fashionistas.
He gives us his insider tips on shopping in the city of Barcelona, where the local fashionistas shop!
Where to shop in Barcelona
If you have some cash to splash and are looking for that high end Spanish The Loewe shop on Paseo de Gracia is the obvious place to start. If not Groc on Rambla Catalunya 100 is one of the city’s finest tailors as well as stocking high end brands such as D&G.
Barcelona also has an enviable high street with all the main shops, Passeig de Gràcia hosts the likes of Zara and H&M and more recently they got a Top Shop. Also their leading department store El Corte Ingles host a world of shops all under one roof.
Barcelona style is a mix of thrift shop, international brands and high end fashions. Club nights such as Razzmataz are a great showcase of what styles are currently trending and a great place for photographers such as Gerard to keep their finger on the pulse. “A lot of the clothes people wear are a mix of vintage from shops around Baixa, the likes of Motel, Holala, Riera Baixa and Lailo are where the regulars get the bulk of the gear. As a lot of people are also trying to break into fashion they also mix with some high end brands. Specifically Spanish brands such as La Casita Del Wendy, Adolfo Dominguez and Davide Delfin.”
One shop which is constantly reinventing itself for the better is “Boo” on Bonavista, the layout alone is so cool and they stock a range of international brands such as Saint James and Penfield. Their décor is a mix of kitsch and high end and people always like to visit when in town.
Another boutique worth your time is The Outpost on Rostello. Specifically for men and stocking a range of different brands, it specialises in a mix of classic style and modern so has tailoring to appeal to dapper, well dressed younger men.
Trips to Barcelona are renowned for being expensive; but thankfully there are great deals on last minute holidays to be found online which will mean you can spend money on what’s the most truly important aspect of the trip.. Shopping!
For more up to date insight into fashion in Barcelona, visit Gerard Estadella’s photo blog – Icanteachyouhowtodoit for updates from Madrid, Barcelona and New York Fashion week. Follow him on twitter @icanteachyou