When you think of the world’s fashion capitals, the cities that come to mind probably start with Milan, Paris, New York, and London. And yes, neither Barcelona nor Madrid may be at the top of the fashion pyramid just yet — but they are certainly on the way.
In recent years especially, Spain has substantially increased its fashion influence: both on the runway and in fast fashion. In fact, some of the world’s most popular shopping destinations, like Zara and Mango, are actually Spanish brands.
And this is what we are looking into today — the best Spanish brands you should know about.
What Are the Best Spanish Clothing Brands in 2021?
So, what are the top 10 Spanish fashion brands? Well, we are not going to limit ourselves to just ten. And even then our list won’t be even close to full. Spain is home to lots of great companies creating fashion — some of them have a long history, while others are just making a name for themselves in the industry.
Whatever the case may be, here are the Spanish fashion brands to add to your wardrobe in 2021.
Zara is probably the first mass-market brand that comes to mind when you think of Spanish fashion. The company first opened its doors back in 1975 under the guidance of Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera. It started out as a family business and slowly grew into the fashion giant that we know today.
What Amancio Ortega did was create an entirely new design, manufacturing and distribution process that reduced lead times and reacted quickly to trends. He called his invention “instant fashion,” and today, there are over 2,250 Zara stores across the world.
Loewe’s roots take it all the way back to 1892.
The Madrid brand gained popularity over its use of quality leathers and skillful craftsmanship of truly elegant pieces. So elegant, in fact, that in 1905, the company became the Official Supplier to the Royal House.
Loewe continues to expand and is owned by LVMH.
Today, the company is one of the most recognizable Spanish fashion brands and is known, among many other things, for its raffia totes and animal-shaped bags.
As the brand used to be a regular at London Fashion Week, a lot of people may be actually unaware of Delpozo’s Spanish roots.
Delpozo was launched back in 1974 by Spanish couturier Jesús del Pozo and quickly gained fame in the fashion world for its structured silhouettes and street- style pastel pieces.
Today, the fashion house is headed by designer
Josep Font, the brand’s new Creative Director.
Delpozo is one of Spain’s leading brands, well-known both at home and abroad.
Manolo Blahnik had been doing very well even before Sex and the City hit our screens in 1998. However, being Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite shoe brand has definitely paid off, making it internationally famous.
The company was started in 1970 by designer Manolo Blahnik, who had Spanish and Czech roots. Initially planning to be a set designer, he changed his course (and subsequently that of the fashion industry) after a conversation with then editor-in-chief of American Vogue Diana Vreeland, who advised him to focus on footwear. And the rest, as they say, is history. In 2019, the company reported record sales of a whopping $45.3 million.
Just like Zara, Mango is a fast fashion destination, but with its own distinct style. The company was founded in 1984 in Barcelona and started out with a strong focus on workwear pieces, jumpsuits and sculpted footwear. Now, there is also a stunning plus-size range line called Violeta by Mango.
Mango has over 1,000 stores worldwide and makes over $40 million annually in sales.
Remember those reruns of Miami Vice? If you do, then you’ve probably seen lots of Adolfo Dominguez’s linen suits worn by the actors in the series.
The brand was born in 1950 in Trives, a village in Ourense, Galicia. This is when and where Adolfo Dominguez launched his first men’s collection in 1976. It wasn’t until 1984 that he expanded into womenswear. The slogan for the fashion house’s women’s collection was "Wrinkles are beautiful.”
The company enjoyed steady growth through the 80s and 90s, and Adolfo went on to expand into a line of fragrances. Today, Adolfo Dominguez has 470 stores in 29 countries worldwide.
Bershka is a bit different from the other fashion brands on our list as it primarily targets a younger audience. In fact, you can think of Bershka as the Spanish version of Forever 21 — with a bit of an edge.
At Bershka, you will be able to find anything, from hiking boots to belt bags and even novelty items. The company has over 1000 stores in 71 countries.
Desigual was launched in 1984 by Swiss designer Thomas Meyer (who has remained the company’s sole shareholder to this day).
The brand was one of the first in the fashion industry to incorporate the so-called upcycled garments — a practice in a circular economy that uses existing goods or leftover items to create new pieces. The brand launched its new collections under the slogan "Dress people, not bodies".
The brand is headquartered in Barcelona and has close to 430 mono-brand stores in over a hundred countries.
Bimba y Lola was named after the dogs of Uxia and Maria Dominguez — the sisters who founded the company in 2005. Fun fact: they are actually the nieces of Adolfo Dominguez, one of Spain’s iconic designers (whose company we have also mentioned in this guide).
Today, Bimba y Lola is one of the most popular places to shop for affordable avant-garde pieces. The company counts over 220 stores in 14 different countries.
Massimo Dutti opened its doors in 1985 and originally catered exclusively to men. However, eventually, the fashion house expanded into womenswear and fragrances.
Massimo Dutti brings together the high sophistication and timelessness of a personal tailoring line and the comfort of more casual and relaxed pieces. The brand has over 700 stores in 69 countries.
Pull&Bear was launched in 1991 and is part of Inditex (the group that also owns Zara and Oysho).
The company’s name has actually nothing to do with bears — it comes from the word “pull” (as in “pull something from the shelf”) and “bear” (which means “put something on”).
The brand specializes in urban style clothing and accessories that are mostly geared towards a younger audience. Pull&Bear has a large international presence covering 76 markets with over 970 stores.
Oysho (the way we know it today) was founded in 2011 and is specializing in women’s homewear, lingerie and sportswear. The brand is known for its simple designs, the love for pastel tones and its efforts in sustainable manufacturing. The company is known for extensively using sustainable materials as part of its global action plan called Oysho Join Life, aiming to minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing.
As of now, Oysho has over 575 stores worldwide.
Stradivarius was created in 1994 and is sort of a little sister to Zara. It is one of the many clothing brands under the Inditex umbrella.
The company makes affordable pieces that are also quirky and trendy: here, you will find lots of wild leopard prints, funky footwear, mom jeans, and more. The company has over 850 stores in 57 countries.
If Stradivarius is Zara’s little sister, then Uterqüe is the brand’s cooler older sibling. The brand was founded in 2008 and brings a luxury edge to urban streetwear classics and straight-off-the-catwalk looks. Uterqüe’s overall style is more mature compared to Zara’s, with more expensive prices to match. With that, the higher price tag gets you edgier designs and better quality materials.
The brand is a favorite with professionals looking to spice up their office styles with sophisticated and fashionable looks.
Felipe Varela is the preferred designer of Spain’s Queen Letizia. In fact, it was his design the Queen wore to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
In 1994, Felipe Varela launched his eponymous brand in Madrid. Having previously worked for famous fashion houses like Dior and Lanvin, Felipe Varela was destined for success. His designs are simple, elegant and sophisticated.
And this concludes our today’s list of Spanish brands that can improve and diversify your wardrobe. As we’ve mentioned above, this is by no means a full list of Spanish designers to watch in 2021. However, we hope that with this article, we’ve been able to give you a few new ideas for your next look.