10/22/2015

Shopping around the Giralda minaret

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Cathedral and Giralda Tower

Seville

Cathedral and Giralda Tower

Courtesy of Metropol Parasol

Seville

Courtesy of Metropol Parasol

Santa Cruz

Seville

Santa Cruz

Multi-brand footwear retailer

Nicolás

Multi-brand footwear retailer

Seville

Nice Things

Seville

Seville

Dolores Promesas

Seville

Seville

Victorio & Lucchino

Seville

Seville

Spain Place

Seville

Seville

Royal Palace

Seville

Seville

Stradivarius

Seville

Seville

Massimo Dutti

Seville

Seville

Pull&Bear

Seville

Seville

Hoss Intropia

Seville

Seville

Aristocrazy

Seville

Seville

Bimba y Lola

Seville

Seville

Springfield

Seville

Seville

Pronovias

Seville

Seville

Rosa Clará

Seville

Guadalquivir and Tower of Gold

Seville

Guadalquivir and Tower of Gold

The mantilla lace shawl and flamenco dress worn by the women of Seville have inspired an industry that now produces contemporary versions of these classic Spanish garments, part of a folk culture that has won over hearts inside and outside Spain. Its famous April Fair has fascinated celebrities from Jacqueline Kennedy to André Leon Talley, Anne Wintour’s right-hand man at Vogue USA. We went to find out what gives Seville its drawing power. 

The charms of Seville’s traditions are a gauge of its magnetism for visitors, with the courtyards of  mansion houses that are now luxury hotels and  restaurants, and popular neighbourhoods full of local flavour. And yet a fresh feel flows through its narrow whitewashed streets, which are also a space for art and design. The contemporary scene in 21st-century Seville is symbolised by the Metropol Parasol, a geometric wooden structure which lives in architectural harmony alongside the legacy of traditional Andalusia.
 
Seville is the established nerve centre of flamenco design, courtesy of international exhibition SIMOF, and the capital of Carthusian craftsmanship and bull-fighting heritage. But it  also offers unique mix when it comes to shopping. In Triana, they still sell the tile typical in Seville since the 16th century, while Santa Cruz is the place to go for any detail of flamenco attire.
 
Our route starts in Calle Sierpes, one of the city’s traditional shopping streets. First stop is Adolfo Domínguez, at number two. Its classical garments in minimal lines make for a 360º shopping experience, obtainable by using a smartphone to scan barcodes. Multi-brand footwear retailers like Nicolás at 49, and Menbur at number 12 of nearby Calle Cerrajería are some of the most popular shops here. On the same road, Nice Things, at 31,  will fill the wardrobe with girly prints.
 
Close by in Calle Cuna is Dolores Promesas, at 26, with message T-shirts and romantic dresses that are the last word in femininity. Back to Calle Sierpes for one of Seville’s flagship brands in Victorio & Lucchino with its highly individual styles for those big occasions. At 81, Desigual injects some energy in the form of bright colour and optimistic prints. At the end of the street, the Wabi Sabi Gallery is worth a visit for art and shopping in a contemporary setting.  
 
When you get to the City Hall, in Plaza Nueva, you’ll find Loewe, which strengthened its connection with the city in 2011 when it launched its popular Sevilla bag. Purificación García, another big Spanish name, is close by at number eight on the same square, with an autumn collection in flowing lines and fine materials. Also in the neighbourhood, Gocco Kids (on Méndez Núñez, corner of 1, Moratín), revisits kids classics in smart styles.
 
Head for the Guadalquivir River for another iconic shopping street in central Seville, Tetuán. This pedestrianised area is home to big chains like Cortefiel and Women’Secret. For footwear trends, try Marypaz at 17, and Camper at 24, and for mini versions, go to Mayoral at 19. On perpendicular Calle Rioja, you can find ready-to-wear icon, Zara (at number 10), street-style Stradivarius (11) and evening wear from veteran designer Roberto Verino (14). For British-style sophistication, try Scalpers at 16.
 
At the opposite end of the street, turn on to Calle Velázquez, for more top consumer brands. At number one, Bershka has cool looks for music lovers and, at 12, Massimo Dutti offers classic cuts for daily wear.
 
Head up towards O’Donnell where, at number 7, Mango has the seasons top trends. Alongside, is Inditex in more youthful vein, at Pull & Bear. Another top local multi-brand retailer is Dorado (at 15) with quality footwear. Next door at 16, Hoss Intropia unveils a universe of contemporary elegance.
 
Cross main artery Alfonso XII to get to Plaza del Duque de Victoria with the imposing presence of the Corte Inglés department store at number eight, catering for every style need, including cool jewellery from Aristocrazy. On the same square at number 6, Sfera has fashion novelties at attractive prices. A short walk eastwards will take you to Amichi (6, Laraña) for boho outfits.
 
Bridalwear takes over on Calle Cuna with sophisticated styles by Franc Sarabia (at 46) and femininity from every perspective at Pronovias (50). At the end of the road, Rosa Clará has gowns for the more cosmopolitan bride (11, Plaza del Salvador).
 
If you’re visiting the Maestranza bullring, don’t miss nearby El Caballo (7, Antonia Díaz), a beacon of chic style in the best Seville tradition, since 1892.
 
Round off the day with some tapas at El Rinconcillo, the city’s oldest bar. Founded in 1670, this tavern-style restaurant, with its traditional tile-and-wood décor, has dishes that still retain the city’s Mozarabic flavour. It’s a must if you want to hang out with the city’s traditional fraternities, celebrities and other quaint local characters.
 
 

 

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