Spain may be less historically renowned for its contribution to fashion than its neighbours Italy or France, but that isn't to say it's not worthy of the same level of attention. In fact, the sun-soaked Mediterranean nation is fast making a name for itself as a leader in contemporary menswear, responsible for producing some of the most exciting labels in recent years. To get you up to speed, we've pulled together an edit of six of the best Spanish brands making waves at the moment...
Barcelona-based bag brand ÖLEND was founded by a pair of young creatives passionate about great design. What started as a simple hobby making backpacks blossomed into a fully-fledged company that continues to evolve and grow.
Inspired by retro design and the spirit of mountaineers, ÖLEND designs accessories for the modern city adventurer. With sustainability at its core, the brand creates durable and timeless bag designs in small batches, using sustainable materials and packaging. A sleek, minimalist aesthetic informs the ÖLEND aesthetic. Colours are classic, resulting in ultimate versatility.
Loolios creates ready-to-wear genderless clothing that's as sustainable as it is stylish. With creativity and culture at its core, art-inspired staples are Loolios' bread and butter. Comfort is key: all Loolios clothing is intended to be worn with ultimate ease by anybody – no matter one's gender or body shape.
Designed in Spain and ethically produced in Portugal, Loolios' range encompasses everything from organic cotton camp collar shirts to cosy oversized sweats. Painterly prints and sculptural silhouettes characterise the label's offering, resulting in wearable works of art.
Founded in 2010, the Barcelona-based TWOTHIRDS is a sustainable clothing label that prioritises the health of the planet and its oceans. With a personal passion for the ocean, founder Lutz Schwenke grew a brand that uses fabrics that save water, turns plastic waste into quality garments and wraps orders in paper packaging.
At the heart of TWOTHIRDS is genuine craftsmanship and positive environmental change. With a goal of creating clothing with zero impact on the planet and its oceans, the label is pushing for a green energy transition. Everything is produced ethically in Portugal, under strict labour regulations. Expect timeless, relaxed staples crafted from soft, breathable fabrics. Mediterranean style at its best.
Meller is one of our favourite Spanish brands for premium eyewear and watches. The Barcelona-based brand's design approach references its home city's exuberant, colourful street fashions while paying homage to classic silhouettes and timeless design. In just seven years, Meller's collections have won an army of fans worldwide, eager for the company's next fashion-first drops.
With sustainability at its core, Meller creates its fashion-forward sunglasses from ethical and durable materials including recycled bottles, premium acetate and environmentally friendly metal. Eyewear and watches alike are made to last, guaranteeing accessories that you'll cherish for years.
In the three years since its inception, Neutrale has made a name for itself as a fail-safe go-to for premium loungewear staples that look great and go easy on the earth. The Madrid-based label never fails to capture out attention with its offering of ultra comfortable hoodies, crewneck sweaters, tees and sweatpants, all crafted using the latest eco innovations, technologies and sustainable practices.
Neutrale looks to its Mediterranean roots to inform its simple, laidback aesthetic – think soft, nature-inspired colour palettes and relaxed silhouettes. Its pieces are high quality wardrobe essentials that you'll reach for time and again – wear them lounging around at home or as part of a casual weekend look with your favourite trainers and go-to jeans.
Barcelona-based footwear label SAYE is changing the world one pair of vegan sneakers at a time. Using innovative and eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, recycled rubber, cactus leather and mango leather, SAYE is able to produce ethical, environmentally-friendly shoes that certainly don't skimp on style.
That's not all. The label has been planting two trees around the world for every pair of sneakers sold, since its founding in March 2018. According to co-founder Lizzie Sabin, “This is our way to give back to nature and to the community. We work with a NGO called WE FOREST. Joining forces enables us not only to restore the trees in the most needed areas of the Planet, but also to empower forest-dependent local communities by providing them with tools for their development and training them”.
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