19 November 2015 – Expansión
The war between the major brands for shops on the golden miles of Madrid and Barcelona is intensifying and it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure premises on these streets, where rents cost more than €230/m2/month.
Calle Serrano and Paseo de Gràcia have become the exclusive territory of the large fashion houses. In recent years, big names in fashion, accessories and jewellery have been taking over the best premises on the golden miles of Madrid and Barcelona and in 2015, boosted by the economic recovery, they have completely taken over these shopping streets, where average rents now cost €230/m2/month.
This year, more than half of the operations recorded in the commercial districts of Madrid and Barcelona have involved fashion houses and jewellery firms. Eleven operations have been completed on Madrid’s golden mile, compared with fifteen in Barcelona, which has welcomed 12 new brands to the city, according to the latest report by Ascana.
“Desirable streets are getting increasingly better, whilst the worst streets are still suffering from the crisis”, says the founding partner of Ascana, Eduardo Rivero. The growth in tourism and the beginning of the recovery for local consumers has spurred on the large brands to position themselves in the best locations.
According to Rivero, the arrival of Prada, Louis Vuitton and Versace, and the expansion of Gucci, on Calle Serrano, is enticing the other luxury brands to follow suit. “We are talking about more affordable luxury” says the consultant – “the high-end luxury firms, such as Chanel and Hermés, are staying put on Calle Ortega y Gasset”.
Increasingly, the Paseo de Grácia is being split into three sections: luxury brands at the top (of the street), mid-range brands in the middle section and more affordable brands at the bottom end (closest to Plaza Cataluña).
Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)
Translation: Carmel Drake