Madrid is home to some of Spain’s most impressive menswear stores, and you only need to walk around the Retiro area to see that guys here live and breathe this stuff. The style is more relaxed than I was expecting, super lightweight jackets, unstructured and a certain messiness that only a rugged Spanish guy could pull off. That said, there is no shortage of more classic clothing, so there’s literally something for everyone. Below is a short list of my favourite menswear stores in Madrid.
HARMONT & BLAINE
An Italian brand founded in Naples, Harmont & Blaine is all about colour, texture and comfort. We were lucky enough to catch the end of the Summer collection, as well as see the just released Winter 14/15 releases. The summer collection is perfectly suited to Australia; it’s lightweight, unstructured, cotton and linen blends with beautiful detailing. Clothing aside, the store itself is seriously impressive, wonderfully decked out in blues and whites and makes you feel like you’re wandering the rooms of an Italian seaside mansion. Prices are reasonable with jackets starting at $450, shirts around $170 and their logo is a sausage dog, which is wonderful.
The man behind the brand is Carlos Castillo and he’s developed somewhat of a cult following within the menswear scene in Spain, and the world. The Sartorialist himself, Scott Schuman, named this his favorite store in Spain and for good reason. No one owns the cool messy look as well as Carlos Castillo, it’s casual chic at its very best. MAN 1924’s clothing is incredible and I was lucky enough to pick up a beautiful 3 fold 2 unstructured, woolen blazer which was on sale (and on my travel budget would have been otherwise unattainable). In addition to suiting they offer swimwear, shirting and accessories. Worth noting that everything in store is labeled MAN 1924, and is either made in house, or as part of a collaboration with other designers/brands.
Premium menswear at its finest. This store was a maze of incredible clothing, from heavy winter trenchcoats to the finest selection of sports coats I’ve seen in a long while. Everything can be made-to-measure, with the resident tailor occupying a separate room below the store. I was served by an intimidatingly well-dressed Spanish guy, who flicked through some fabrics with me and explained a little about the store. Everything was fairly winter focused, but the variety of styles and fabrics was mind blowing. Choosing a single jacket in this place would be a nightmare.