BEST INSPIRATIONAL CONCEPT STORES IN BARCELONA
Shopping in Barcelona is truly amazing and fun because the city offers shoppers a big variety and number of shopping destinations from the high fashion and fast-fashion brands to boutiques and craft shops around its districts and neighborhoods. That’s why Barcelona has become one of the shopping capitals in Europe, set many new trends in the fashion world as well as updated rapidly to new concepts and ideas. Today, SuiteLife introduces the best concept stores in Barcelona where you will be impressed by the experiences they bring.
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WHAT ARE CONCEPT STORES ?
The definition can be defined by this saying of Coco Chanel: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street; fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”. Starting from the fashion capital of the world – Paris, a concept clothing store is a retail store that goes beyond simply selling products and instead appeals to a general sense of lifestyle. The customer visit the shops not only for buying clothes but also for having a full emotional and sensory experience. Concept stores usually offer items of different designers and brands addressed to the particular segments: high-fashion, urban fashion, hipster fashion or ecological-friendly fashion. Since there were more and more people choose to shop online, concept stores have been born to attract more customers to visit the physical stores. Apple and Burberry are the leaders of this experience-focused trend. Some famous concept stores in Europe are Collette (Paris), 10 Corso Como (Milan), Dover Street Market (London), Simple (Prague),…In Barcelona, concept stores are also called as “object shops” or “fetish shops” that are outstanding with exquisite interiors.
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Located in the cosmopolitan Gracia neighborhood, Boo is one of the most well-known names representing for concept stores in Barcelona. From the name they borrowed from Boo Radley of the classic novel “To Kill A Mocking Bird” to its retro interior design, the shop is full of a distinct air of 1950s. You may be immersed in thought with its nostalgic atmosphere here. The shop is decorated with many sets of items such as rotary phones, cloth bags, glass snow balls, books, flowers, and especially a deer collection. Basic colors like black, brown, gray, white,… dominate Boo. Everything is well-ordered and detailed.
Boo’s clothes, shoes and quirky accessories are hand-picked carefully by the owner, Àlex González, who has worked in press departments in various fashion labels. Boo sells premium American, British, Nordic clothing as well as local designs. “Simple but elegant” is what the shop brings to its customers. Feature brands are Birds Denim, Nudie Jeans, Filippa K, Gentle Fawn, Penguin, WeSC and Sugarhill,…
Address: Carrer Bonavista 2
In contrast with the simple and minimizing Scandinavian style of Boo, Bon Vent is a colorful Mediterranean concept store located in the charming Born district. This shop is perfect for people who are in love with Mediterranean, with its culture, lifestyle and craft industry. Once you enter to this cute little shop, you will see a lot of items reminding you of a sunny beach such as espadrille, straw hats, summer garments, woven baskets,… Hot colors like orange and yellow will bring you joy and let you smell the nice sun. Beside clothes, hats and footwear, the shop also sells handcrafted toys and painted pottery showing local life in Barcelona.
Address: Carrer de l’Argenteria, 41
This is another shop following the simplicity, minimalism and enigma. Having four shops in Barcelona, but the most impressive store is the one installed in one of the best shopping mall centers in Barcelona, L’illa Diagonal. From storage, fitting rooms, electrical quarter; all of them are brought together in a huge unique timber structure made from about 1000 pieces of wood and assembled together with 2400 screws. This wooden skin is formalized with irregular triangles, making you feel like being in a contemporary cave. Lurdes Bergada and its brother Syngman Cucala (for men) set a concept: simplicity, purity and industry. In order to simplify the architectonic reading of the store as well as to emphasize the concept, basic materials such as concrete for the walls and fine cements of the floor were used. The brand ‘s womenswear features a taste for unstructured pieces and simple colors like black, while and grey. The winter is coming soon and this is a great place for those who want to have a new mysterious look. If you have not had time to visit this amazing store, you can check out its new collection on its website.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557
“Born to be beautiful” is a slogan of this shop. Born is definitely the trendiest area of Barcelona and a heart of concept stores. Coquette’s interior and clothing design are influenced by French style. Isabel Campelo, a fashion graduate, opened the first Coquette store in Born district in 2005 and it has soon received visits from many fashion lovers, which leads to the opening of 2 more stores: one in the nearby area and one in the upmarket area around Turó Park.The shop follows the wear-house style and sells an elegant edit of tailored womenswear to style-conscious Spaniards, as well as an impressive collection of jewellery, handbags and shoes. Coquette stocks the finest elegant and feminine French womenswear brands including See by Chloé, Isabel Marant, Vanessa Bruno, Les Prairies des Paris,…Furthermore, Coquette’s collection is complemented with select Spanish and Italian brands such as Masscob, Hoss Intropia, M.Grifoni and especially Vincent du Sartel for leather purses. In Coquette, you can find everything you need for polishing your look.
Address: Carrer del Rec, 65
MUNICH L’ILLA DIAGONAL
With the help of Dear Design being a well-known interior design company whose clients include Burberry, Nike, Moritz, Custo and Misako, Munich is always remembered not only as a flagship brand focusing on sport shoes but also as its unique concept stores around the city. The most talked store is Munich L’illa Diagonal. The design of Munich store in L’illa Diagonal focuses on the concept of carefree movement and angular pieces. Dear Design has came up with the ideas of “strolling” and being free in a poetic and imaginary set that makes the walker dream again. To let this ideas become real, the design team has transformed many natural elements such as trees, hills, rocks and birds into its morphology style. The surfaces are finished with black glass, mirrors, metal trees, hanging cage-like boxes from the ceiling, which carries a carefree, experimental air and an energetic space.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 557
The prestigious jewelry brand Tous opened its new elegant and spacious concept store in Avinguda Diagonal, the best shopping area of Barcelona. Its open space of 200 square meters with a wide exposure of products can satisfy and enhance the experience of any brand customers. A wide variety of luxury goods exhibition incorporating with a new furniture allows the client to have a greater interaction with the product. What makes Tous disassociate from traditional high-end jewelry is that it creates original jewels crafted in unique materials: day-to-night jewelry following the latest trends.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal 479
Last but not least, there is an exciting news for all fashion lovers! Urban Outfitters will be opened the first store in Barcelona and also in Spain on 20, November 2014 ! The brand has drove many shoppers crazy not only by its amazing collection of clothes but also by its interior design ! Let’s visit our Urban Outfitters blog for more info about this exciting news.
We hope that you like this blog and inspire you to visit new shops besides many famous brands. If you know any cool concept stores, leave us a comment !