Valencia is a city that is famed for its fashion and design scene, ensuring that is awash with boutiques. Throughout the city centre you will find shopping opportunities to suit all tastes. If you are a lover of the well-established international labels, Valencia plays host to many of the major fashion houses. If you interested in supporting up and coming new designers, you will find much of their work showcased in Valencia - both at Valencia Fashion Week and in the shops around town. If you are a fan of artisan products and traditional design, the leather goods and porcelain shops in the city centre will not disappoint.
This page will provide you with an overview to the fashion and design scene in Valencia. There is a short description of the background to the design scene in Valencia, with information on local designers both new and well-established. There is also details on Valencia's fashion week and links to detailed pages explaining where to head for boutique shopping in Valencia.
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Two of Valencia's most well-known designers are Francis Montesinos and Alex Vidal - as you walk around the boutiques of Valencia you will be able to see their work. Some of the newer designers who are making names for themselves on the international sartorial stage are the likes of Tonuca, Noelia Navarro, Dolores Cortés, Alejandro Sáez de la Torre and Higino Mateu. And if you are a fan of jewellery, you will be aware of the work of Valencia's own Vicente Garcia - named by Vogue as one of the top twenty jewellers in the world.
If you are a fan of well-known and well-established labels, you will be able to find a large amount of these on sale in Valencia. Look out for labels including Escada, Loewe, Bulgari, Emporio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, Hermés, Roberto Cavalli, Farrutx, Carolina Herrera, Roberto Verino and Pomellato for jewellery, and the Valencia-based Lladró company for porcelain.
If your love of design stretches beyond fashion, it is worth remembering that Valencia is an important city for porcelain products and home-ware design. Head to Calle Colon for the more established interiors boutiques. For more traditional handmade wicker and leather goods, head to Plaza Redonda and Calle de la Cestas.
Twice each year in Valencia, the city comes alive with fashionistas from around the globe who are in town for Valencia Fashion Week. The event takes place each January and September and showcases the unveiling of the season's latest trends. At each event, runway shows take place over three days.
If you would like to attend the Valencia Fashion Week, it is best to check out their official website (see below). The event takes place at the large Feria Valencia Exposition Centre. On the official event website you can find information on how to get tickets for the event. On the website you can also find out the exact dates of the coming event.
During your stay in Valencia, if you are a fan of fashion and design, you are bound to want to put your credit card to some use. We have prepared some pages to give you more precise information on where to head for the different shopping experiences. For a guide to the best streets for boutique and designer shopping, see our Clothes Shops in Valencia page. And if you have a love of all things footwear, see our Guide to Shoe Shopping in Valencia for advice on where to head to.
It is also worth noting that many of the major international designers have shops in Valencia's shopping centre. Have a look at the websites of the more modern shopping malls that are located in and around Valencia city centre and check whether they have the shop that you are looking for. For listings of Valencia shopping centres, see our Guide to Shopping Malls in Valencia.
If you are in search of a younger type of clothing design with a more urban feel, it is a good idea to head to the streets surrounding Plaza del Tossal - here you will find shops stocking international brands such as Diesel, Levis and Guess.
Valencia is Spain's third largest city and a major player on the national fashion and design scene. As soon as you enter Valencia's city centre you will see that it is a destination for those in search of interesting shopping opportunities. Take a stroll through the streets of Valencia's old town and you will find a wealth of boutique shopping opportunities.