El Born has become a mecca for independent brands and boutiques in the last few years. Here are some of our favorites...
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Dolores Promesas (Hurtful promises in English) is the alter ego of this Spanish fashion brand's founder and brings her life lessons and vivacity to her collections, she even has her own manifesto which tells us to only ever cry happy tears and to take the steering wheel in life. The main collections are named Heaven, Hell, and Earth, offering a variety of designs from elegant evening dresses to fashion-conscious day wear. With over 250 points of sale in Spain, Dolores Promesas has proved herself the go-to brand for fashion-savvy women who want up to the minute designs with the best quality fabrics and fit.
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This huge design showroom and shop in El Born boasts over 300m2 and two floors of the best creations by local and international young designers. Basing their manifesto on the ideas of ‘back to basics’ and collaboration, the studio and its store brings together a creative, young, fun collection of design pieces, from cardboard stag's heads to custom made neon signs. Featuring well-known and upcoming designers such as Sheriff & Cherry, Woouf and Paco Rueda, the pieces put the fun and creativity back into the design world whilst being designs the owner can truly live with and make use of. The founder; architect and designer Lafede (Federica Sandretti) who is specialized in retail and lighting design, wants Studio Store not just to sell design pieces or act as a design studio for various projects but to really promote art and culture and so space is not only used as a shop but for events, exhibitions and pop up boutiques. To put yourself in a creative mood or if you're looking for some design inspiration head to Studio Store.
For hundreds of years, fashion designers have sought to express femininity and all it entails through their clothes and the beautiful dresses of Natalie Capell are no different. In her atelier in El Born, Natalie and her team seek to create dresses that show her interpretation of modern femininity; delicate but strong, comfortable yet still elegant, her creations show the different sides of a modern woman. The dresses are often beautifully embroidered and the designs are reminiscent of turn of the century Parisian fashions. Experimenting with fabrics, skills and different European traditions has led to two different lines; one, La Garde-Robe, offers a simpler aesthetic using clean lines and classic designs to create a more wearable garment. The other line features the Unique Embroidered pieces, each one made by hand and taking 4 to 8 weeks to finish due to the the intricacy of the work. Each Unique Embroidered piece comes with its own catalog number and the date it was created in the atelier. If you are looking for something utterly unique then Natalie Capell's boutique is the perfect place.