Barcelona’s Vintage Route


pnb(by Hannah Thomson/Barcelona Metropolitan) Vibrant and urban, the Raval and Gothic neighbourhoods have, over the years, become the vintage hub of Barcelona, their backstreets full of secondhand and vintage shops. It’s no wonder that these stores are thriving.

Amidst the economic crisis, here are classic and unique looks with lasting appeal for half the price of new items. With a look at how they came about, here are some of the best vintage shops that Barcelona has to offer.


kilowebJean-Claude Mesana opened his first vintage shop in Paris in 1988 under the name Frip-o-kilo, ‘frip’ coming from the French word friperie meaning ‘thrift shop’. Jean-Claude was inspired by an old French man, in a small town on the French-Swiss border, who every Saturday morning opened his warehouse to sell bags of secondhand clothes by weight. This idea became phenomenally successful in France and Germany, and in 1992, Jean-Claude and…

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