When I lived in Spain I could never get over how cool and fresh
Spanish women looked even in 45ºc heat.
One thing I learned was they have some fab Spanish designers.
Spain has always been behind France and Italy (very much the poor relation)
when it came to fashion.
However with the surge of brands like Loewe, Manolo Blahnik and all that stylish
Queen Letizia does for Spanish brands, that is now all changing.
Spain's fashion tends to be strongly influenced by the sea; the Mediterranean has a powerful
influence on everything they do from design, colour and food. And of course the weather plays a huge part in that also.
So I thought I would bring you some of the Spanish fashion labels
you may never have heard of, but which will keep you cool in the heat.
First up is Manebi:
These espadrilles are designed in Italy but made by Spanish craftsman in
If espadrilles always evoke the feeling of Summer for you, then this is the
place to head. There is everything from sneaker type espadrilles to the more
glamorous heels for those balmy summer nights.
I am in love with these blush espadrilles below.
OK, the next brand is called Formenteraguamarna
Dolores Luque initially launched a blog whilst missing her home in
Formentera in the Canary Islands when working for a bank in Mallorca.
As her following grew so a seed was born for her online boutique.
This is now a one-stop-shop for things holiday/beachy: espadrilles,
kaftans, bags and baskets. Everything you would need for a beachy holiday.
Next up is a brand called Massob.
This is where you go for boho-chic; peasant-style blouses and dresses with
colour palettes all inspired by the Med.
Up next is a gorgeous brand called About Arrianne
This is a label born in Barcelona and which produces
the most beautiful shoes using Spanish techniques.
The colours remind me of luscious ice-cream or gelato
(altho' gelato is Italian and this brand is Spanish, but what's a gelato
between friends ;-)
between friends ;-)
Finally, the last brand is another Catalunian company
called The Bodysuit of Barcelona
Let me tell you these bodysuits are SO comfy and lush.
This company has reinvented the stretchy bodysuit.
No tucking in required ;-)
They come in the most gorgeous shades and styles.
I promise no other bodysuit will ever feel the same again.
So there you have it. Some of my favourite Spanish brands that
I called on when living in Spain. And if where you are is anywhere like
the UK, which is in the midst of a steamy heatwave, then check these brands out.
That's it lovely ladies.
Enjoy the Summer where ever you may be