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If you like to shop and like your designer brands then there aren’t many places that come close to Puerto Banus. Why? For the sheer concentration of designer boutiques in a relatively small area: Bond Street may have the designer staples in mega-boutiques, but Puerto Banus has a very heels-friendly, bite-sized offering.
Here’s our guide to the very best luxury Puerto Banus shopping – whether you’re mad about Michael Kors or love a bit of Lois Vuitton, there should be something for you in this little lot…
Conjunto Residencial Benabola, 8 (First shop into the port at the fountain)
No introduction is needed for this famous fashion house. Always a favourite for that evening dress to impress.
Muelle Ribera, 15-16 (Near Salvatore Ferragamo)
Another shop front, another global fashion icon. Gucci’s PB instalment features lashings of the usual glamorous looks from the brand’s recent magazine front cover-conquering collection.
Muelle Benabola, 3 (At the entrance to Puerto Banus)
Household name Italian accessories designer Tod’s sells classic shapes in wearable colours. Their moccasins are a basic holiday necessity.
Muelle Benabola, 5 (A little further along from Tod’s near Sinatra’s Bar)
Carolina Herrera is the high priestess of classic, high-end, stylish design. Head here for sheer sophistication.
While Intropia can be found on most of the more desirable shopping streets in Europe they still have a unique edge compared to other high-end high street offerings. Their exquisite designs are ideal for wedding guest attire or summer evenings or… just any time, really.
Muelle Ribera, 13
New York-based designer Michael Kors offers wearable, practical solutions for your wardrobe. The Puerto Banus boutique stocks his MICHAEL Michael Kors sports luxe range as well as his ready-to-wear collection.
Calle Ribera, Casa F, 15 (Second road from the port)
Oh, Dior! Raf Simons left the helm in 2015 and Maria Grazia Chiuri finally took over in 2016, she has brought Dior into a new era. However, customised accessories is where it’s at and Dior has just pretty much blown all other options out of the water. They’ve launched MyDiorSoReal sunglasses, so it would be rude not to purchase a pair. If you’re in sunnies this season make it Dior.
Muelle Ribera, Casa F, 20
Tom Ford brought Gucci from the brink of bankruptcy in the 90s before setting up his own label in the noughties. Thank you Tom for having a store in Puerto Banus – we can’t get enough of the American chic, feminine designs.
Calle Ribera, Casa L, 8 (Second road from the Port opposite Hermes)
Traditional British clothing brand Hackett is still doing what they’ve been doing since 1979. Expect the usual beautifully made men’s classics in their Puerto Banus store.
Calle Ribera, 11 (Second road from the Port)
French label Hermes may be famed for its accessories (it’s a scientifically proven fact that you can never have too many Hermes silk scarves) but don’t overlook its ready-to-wear collection.
Avenida de la Rivera, 33
Italian luxury lingerie designer La Perla’s Puerto Banus shop is a romantic, elegant affair full of pure silk, Chantilly lace, ribbon and feathers. They also have a gorgeous swimwear collection, too.
Muelle Ribera, 17K
Need shoes? Visit Salvatore Ferragamo. From classic heels to avant-garde statement shoes, the Italian designer’s shoes are a thing of legend.
Muelle Ribera Casa N, 5-6 (Near Louis Vuitton)
One word: swoon. While Jimmy Choo’s sun-kissed Puerto Banus boutique couldn’t be further from his beginnings in East London, the clientele is much the same as anywhere else: fashion royalty and the international city jet set.
Muelle Ribera, Casa N (At the end near Dolce & Gabbana)
Little introduction is needed for the French brand that managed to make luggage sexy. Suitcases and bags aside, you can pop in and browse their full range of holiday-friendly accessories and a ready-to-wear collection, too.
Dolce & Gabbana
Muelle Ribera 3-4
Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana have been at the forefront of fashion for nearly three decades. Always fresh and inspiring, their designs are youthful with killer tailoring.
High Street with Edge in Puerto Banus
Calle Ramon Areces, 5
From the same house as Zara, Uterque is not luxury but it does do fashion accessories and some choice basic clothing items very well indeed. A good option to browse through for basic wardrobe-fillers.
Calle Ramon Areces, 16B
This compact shop pulls together a youthful selection of clothes and accessories from recognised labels including Ted Baker (thank goodness), Highly Preppy and Sam Edelman (more shoes) among others.
Centro Comercial Marina Banus
Also on the same road as Uterque and 338B is a shopping centre (Centro Comercial Marina Banus) with some high street stores inside. One of note is Adolfo Dominguez. It’s always worth visiting as it hits trends in a classic, effortless way with its easy to wear everyday favourites.
El Corte Ingles
El Corte Ingles is the department store in Spain, it sits somewhere between the British stores of House of Fraser and Selfridges – or similar to Browns, if you’re North American.
The usual suspects are all present and correct in the cosmetics hall with the likes of Bobbi Brown, Bare Minerals, Chanel, Kiehl’s and Estée Lauder on offer. Elsewhere there are accessories from Bimba y Lola (a Spanish fashion brand to love, think Jonathan Saunders with uniquely bold, easy to wear designs – they also have a full boutique on Calle Ribera), whole floors of women’s and men’s designer fashion (Burberry, Emporio Armani and Missoni to name but a few brands), as well as a good children’s department (yes there’s a Petit Bateau). Other floors include homeware, electrical goods and food departments – everything you’d expect from a large department store, basically.
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