Spain has proven itself as so much more than a hot country for Brits to flock to each summer, with its carefree yet refined eye for style making the European land a real menswear contender in recent years.
So, put aside your tourist vision of Irish pubs, hotel sun lounger politics and crude T-shirts and take a look at the ten Spanish brands that are setting the standard. Olé!
1. Purificación García
Founded by a designer of the same name, Purificación García has been bringing Spanish residents classic and affordable pieces for over thirty years.
However, classic doesn’t mean basic, with all of its garments infused with simple touches of colour and print to help create a vibrant everyday wardrobe.
We’re particular fans of its slick suiting range.
Available at purificaciongarcia.com.
2. El Ganso
This Spanish label was born out of a simple desire: to produce beautiful clothing at accessible prices.
With a distinct preppy edge, El Ganso stays true to its word, catering for the man-about-town who wants to look put together at all times. This formula has proved successful since its 2004 launch, opening stores in Paris, Portugal and London in recent years.
Available at elganso.com.
3. Pull & Bear
Owned by Inditex, the same conglomerate who owns Zara and Bershka, high street label Pull & Bear blends urban streetwear with traditional Mediterranean style.
Graphic prints and youth-centric designs have become its trademark output, proving popular in its home country and beyond, with seven stores now open in the UK.
A definite must-visit for those who want to make bold style statements on a budget.
Available at Pull & Bear.
Fellow Inditex brand Zara is a retail name we’re pretty sure you’ve already heard of, with 2,000+ locations worldwide.
Renowned for its fast moving and fashion-forward product range, this label is one of the biggest success stories of modern retailing, bringing cutting edge design to the market at record speeds.
Its pieces won’t break the bank either, with the retailer catering to the mid-market shopper.
Available at Zara.
5. Massimo Dutti
This brand’s Italian-sounding name might cause you to second-guess its origins, but Massimo Dutti actually hails from Spanish coastal city Barcelona.
Moniker aside, the label is renowned for its high quality, mid-priced garments, with a real focus on craftsmanship and timeless design over throwaway trends.
Luxurious basics, suave outerwear and exquisite suiting are just a few of the premium lines on offer.
Available at Massimo Dutti.
6. Mango Man
Spanish clothing retailer Mango didn’t introduce its men’s line until 2008, but has certainly made up for lost time over the last seven years.
With a real air of laid-back cool, the brand’s menswear offering – recently rebranded from H.E By Mango to Mango Man – brings us simple separates with the minimum of fuss, perfect for curating a capsule wardrobe that can adapt to any scenario or occasion.
Its low prices are also a treat, enabling fashion fans to refresh their personal style each season without breaking the bank.
Available at Mango.
Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe, owned by the LVMH Group, calls Madrid its home, where it still produces artisanal leather goods to this very day.
Starting out by crafting pieces for parliament ministers back in the mid-1800s, Loewe now caters for more contemporary clientele, using its unrivalled expertise to produce progressive yet sophisticated designs.
Available at loewe.com.
8. Armand Basi
Mediterranean influences are crystal clear in Barcelona-based Armand Basi’s collections, with Riviera-feel suiting sitting side by side with colourful graphic T-shirts.
First hitting the fashion scene in 1987, the label has become something of a Spanish institution, with its UK expansion still yet to happen.
Until then, you can always treat yourself to one of its acclaimed fragrances.
See more at armandbasi.com.
Yet another brand under the Inditex umbrella, Bershka was founded in 1998 with the purpose of targeting the younger end of the fashion market.
Its urban-skewed product offering does just that, providing bold on-trend pieces season after season at prices that won’t make you feel guilty for refilling your wardrobe.
Now with 974 stores across 64 countries, Bershka is well on its way to matching Zara’s global success.
Available at Bershka.
10. Man 1924
This Spanish label has a rich history, being passed down through three generations and still remaining a family-run business to this very day.
Started in – you guessed it – 1924, the brand draws on its textile industry heritage, producing the majority of its clothes in Spain using British fabrics. This fusion of cultures results in a gentlemanly yet rugged aesthetic, producing classy separates for everyday wear.