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Madrid Shopping- Made in Spain

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When I studied abroad in Madrid 3 years ago, I had a really hard time finding things from Spain to bring home. Sure there were lots of Spanish brands and tacky souvenir shops lining the center, but I’m talking about things that were actually ‘Made in Spain.’ Something other than the same old souvenir shot glasses or printed T-shirts. I wanted something special to remember my experience and unique gifts to bring back for my friends and family.

Well, I started the search back in 2011 and I’ve been adding to my list ever since. With the holidays right around the corner, I figured this was the perfect time to finally share.

So, if you’re looking to avoid all the typical ‘Made in China’ merchandise and replace it with something authentic, you’ve come to the right place.

Sorry boys, a lot of these stores are geared towards women! (Men’s fashion in Madrid coming soon!)

Here are some of my favorites so far:

El Taller

Locations in Madrid

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If you’re feeling crafty and looking for a thoughtful gift, head to El Taller. Here you can choose different threads, trimmings and beads to handcraft something truly one-of-a-kind! The store carries tons of materials, so there is a wide variety to choose from and the people in the shop even help you put it together! Last year I went and made some bracelets with different sayings on them, such as ‘vivir es incredible’ (living is incredible) and they were a hit at home!

La Intrusa

Calle Corredera Alta de San Pablo, 33

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La Intrusa works as a showroom and shop for small scale artists. They sell everything from jewelry and clothing to stationary and decorations. Not all of the artists are from Spain, but if you ask one of the girls in the shop for assistance, they are happy to help. There is usually only one or two of each item in the store, so you know you’re getting something unique and most of the jewelry is very reasonably priced at under 20€.

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  Codo 3

Calle del Codo, 3

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This tiny jewelry shop may be difficult to find, but it is worth the effort. Tucked away in the bend of Calle Codo (elbow street) you’ll find this store specializing in exquisite Spanish-made jewelry. The prices vary, but many pieces are affordable and very different than other mainstream jewelry found around the center.Codo

Lesac

Locations in Madrid

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Lesac is one of my favorite shoe stores in Madrid. All of the shoes read ‘Made in Spain’ on the sole and range anywhere from 50€ to 120€. You may think that this is a bit expensive, but for quality Spanish leather it’s a fair price. They carry simple classic shoes as well as those with a modern twist, trendy colors and some are adorned with gold accents or different skins. They also carry leather bags, accessories and an assortment of clothing.

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Malababa

Locations in Madrid

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Every product in Malababa’s showroom is ‘hecho en españa’ or made in Spain. Malababa’s workshop employs ‘senior traditional craftsmen’ who control the quality of each and every product. They pride themselves on the superiority of their leather products, which have been made using specialized, long-established dying techniques. Because of this, their leather items are quite pricey, but I always come to Malababa for their selection of jewelry! These pieces, also crafted in Spain, are very reasonably priced!

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Aristocrazy

Calle Goya, 27 (Also available in Corte Inglés)

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Aristocrazy jewels are well known in Spain and are starting to become more popular internationally. They are a luxury brand and can get quite expensive, but don’t be discouraged! My favorite pieces are their dainty little charm bracelets, which come in either gold or silver and won’t put you out at only 39€! Each bracelet is tagged with a little gold oval reading made in Spain. They are perfect as a keepsake for yourself or come in an adorable purple box with bow to give as a gift.

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Lola Fonseca

Calle de Cervantes, 20

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The one-of-a-kind hand-painted silk scarves at Lola Fonseca are more of an art than an accessory. Each and every item is hand-painted right in the store. Sometimes you can catch the artist at work, meticulously creating each design, stroke by stroke. I brought home two of these amazing scarves last year, one for my mother and one for my grandmother, and they absolutely loved them! While some of the items can get quite pricey, the smaller, simpler pieces are very afforable and honestly worth every penny! The items in the store vary at any given time, but usually you can find a wide assortment of scarves, shawls, handkerchiefs and more!

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Aplauso

Locations in Madrid

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When it comes to Spanish shoe stores, you’ve hit the motherload with Aplauso. You can find a few locations in the touristy center, but don’t let that fool you, they’re a great find! They carry everything from boots and flats to heels and sandals. Men’s shoes, women’s shoes, kids shoes and accessories. Most of their stock is made with authentic Spanish leather, but to be sure, all you have to do is turn over the shoe and check the sole. More often than not you’ll find ‘Made in Spain’ carved right into the bottom!

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Hakei

Locations in Madrid

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Hakei is definitely on the pricey side of most clothing stores, but all of their products are made in cities throughout Spain! Each season they feature the latest trends, constantly updating their dynamic looks. Not to mention all of their products are limited editions to keep their selection exclusive and sought after. They also always have a large assortment of classic leather handbags that are available in many different colors and styles.

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