Fashion forward boutique Dolores Promesas (founded by Dolores herself) is a trendy yet affordable chain of boutique shops in Spain.

In 2005, Dolores created her first womenswear line exclusively for her friends and 2006, she lauched a public collection that was very successful. Six years, later, you can find Dolores Promesas stores all over Spain, and better yet-this fall she has launched a menswear line for the very first time.

One of the standouts of this brand is that all the production is done in Spain, which is very unique in the fashion world today. Almost everything nowadays is made in Asia, so it´s nice to buy something locally created and produced.

The Dolores Promesas stores are merchandised in a whimsical, elegant manner which makes you feel as if you are going to a tea party. It makes for a very pleasant shopping experience, for both men and women alike.

The menswear collection will be present in all of the Dolores Promesas boutiques throughout Spain and is functional, casual, comfortable and classic.  The line has an underlying 70´s vibe to it, and Dolores always likes to use patterns and different types of buttons and detailing to add a little extra ¨kick¨ to the clothes.  Her signature t-shirts will also be available in men’s silhouettes and sizes-which include a shirt with her screen-printed face on it, one with a sketch of a her dog, Tula, and ones that say her signature quotes ¨Cupable de Quererte¨(Guilty of Loving you) and ¨Prometo Serte Fiel¨ ( I vow to be true to you).

To view more of the mens Fall-Winter 2012-2013 Collection or find store locations (three in Madrid, two in Barcelona, and more throughout Spain), visit the Dolores Promesas Website. 



Tshirt 39.90 euros

Tan Blazer 164.90 euros

Navy Sweater 148.90 euros

Black Trousers 89.90 euros

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Since Valencia is located right on the Mediterranean Sea, they often showcase swimsuits during their fashion week. It seems odd to think about swimsuits going into fall, but since the September Fashion Week features the designs for the following spring, swimsuits it is.  One of the highlights of Valencia Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 was Andres Lens and his collection entitled The Lens collection: Sexy Chic.

The Lens Collection: Sexy Chic was created with a very specific vision in mind.  He explains that his collection was inspired by the continuous economic, social and cultural change. Lens wanted to create a collection that embodied not only manliness, but also glamour and elegance. He says ¨this collection was designed for the modern man, and at the same time looking at the past to start a race towards the future.


This collection is right on target because it really stays true to the spirit of swimwear in Europe, especially Spain.  You would never see board shorts or UGGS on any beach in Spain, it´s all about the speedo or the tight boxer short swimsuit.  It´s right on trend with what men are actually wearing on the beaches here in Spain.

The collection pulls in not only silhouette s that are trending, such as the speedo style or tight boxer brief suit look, but also current trends like the fall color oxblood (often referred to as wine, maroon, or dark red), patterns, combat boots, the man purse/clutch and the man tank top.

Note the man purse here-which could work with many other outfits other than a swimsuit!

Cool suede combat boots paired with this suit.  Again, these boots could compliment many other types of outfits other than a swimsuit.

Here is a more traditional looking ¨shorts¨ swimsuit, though still keeping with that European style of above the knee.

And the infamous oxblood color makes an appearance.  This particular silhouette is extremely popular here in Spain.

Some fun plaid patterns and a swim cap!

And finally, the man tank top is another trend you´ll find along any beach in Spain and Europe it´s even been spotted throughout the USA too.

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Madrid Fashion Week is the big frontrunner when it comes to runway shows and Fashion Week in Spain. However, Valencia, the 3rd biggest city in Spain (following Madrid and Barcelona) also hosts a fashion week that features up and coming Spanish designers. A lot of successful Spanish designers have gotten their start at Valencia Fashion Week.

Valencia is a coastal city on the Mediterranean, a few hours east of Madrid, and south of Barcelona. A lot of their shows normally feature swimwear, and this year there was very little menswear. But an interesting standout in the menswear section was the Zmbro Smack Collection by designer Jose Zambrano.


The Smack Collection was original, mainly because it only featured bowties. The men were dressed in long, white dress shirts, no pants, and other quirky accessories like fake mustaches, big, round glasses, canes, umbrellas, and top hats. The looks were completed by Converse style shoes. Obviously the idea was to have the focus be completely centered on the bowties, which each model wore two of. Most, if not all the bowties were patterned and/or very colorful. There was not a lot of solid color. It definitely made a statement.

After seeing Madrid and Valencia´s runway shows, it´s clear there´s a movement in Spain towards making menswear style less casual,and easing towards a dressier look and feel . This is actually the second time I have seen just bowties featured in a runway show-I also saw Jarabowtie during Madrid´s Fashion Week. What does this mean for the average man? Guys, go out and get a bowtie asap!  Pair it with your suit, your Converse-apparently it is to be worn with everything!



From Official Valencia Fashion Week website

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I made an amazing discovery at Fashion Night Out this year. I wandered into Knack Men, and inconspicuous looking shop that completely blew me away.

Knack Men is a store for suits. This is not your run- of- the- mill, typical suit shop. It really has that extra detailing that makes the store stand apart from other shops. The experience of shopping is relaxing and easy because it’s very personalized. The shop is small and boosts great customer service.


I was immediately greeted with a warm welcome where I was offered wine and snacks. I strolled around the store where I then ran into the owner, Bruno. We spoke at length and Bruno explained to me that 7 years ago, he was a frustrated suit shopper. He was tired of boring black and grey suits and he wanted something with a little pizzazz that was also affordable. So he decided to open his own suit shop which was based on three main principles: your classic Spanish suit, with a small British touch, and an added edge of modern detail.

He also wanted to make sure the prices were affordable but that the items offered were still of luxury.

Bruno then proceeded to explain to me that they create a lot of designs in linen, which is washable and so you don’t have to waste time or money getting the suit dry cleaned. Also, several designs feature a patterned interior of the jacket. Therefore, instead of having to buy a pocket square, you simply pull up and out the inside of the jacket, saving you the money of buying the pocket square. A store considering and adapting for their country’s current economic recession? Brillant.

Knack Men’s original Aravaca/Madrid location then grew into six shops-three in Madrid (I visited their Barrio Salamanca location on Calle Ayala), one each in Seville, Galicia and Valencia. Not surprising, after seeing the customer service provided and the product offered.

Bruno pointed out that in this case, their ¨special added detail¨ was the double pocket on the left side. It’s just enough to add a little spice while still keeping it classy.

For more information, or to visit Knack Men, check out the Knack Men webpage.

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On September 6th, 2012, the streets of Madrid were crowded with stylish, urban people who wanted to experience Fshion Night Out. In honor of this special event, many stores stayed open until midnight, served drinks, gave out free samples, included gifts with purchase, or offered discounts. The night was entertaining for a variety of reasons: you could enjoy shopping, browsing, people watching or simply having a few cocktails with friends in your favorite store.

I first stopped into Hugo Boss on Calle Ortega y Gasset. The store was quite crowded and featured a DJ and several types of tequila cocktails.

I noticed a lot of clothing in a dark purple color, which is a great menswear option for fall if you are tired of navy, black or grey. Teal was also featured, as you can see below.


The bartenders were hard at work making two different kinds of tequila cocktails, tequila sours and a specialty drink with tequila, lime, brown sugar and red hot chili peppers.  I sampled it and the spicy taste mixed with brown sugar was amazing.

This pair of snazzy shoes was on sale at Hugo Boss-they are certainly original!

Street Style is often one of the best parts of Fashion Night Out and it did not disappoint this year. I ran into this handsome group of guys in Hugo Boss and each of them sported their own particular style with confidence. You can’t go wrong with cuffed pants, and the pattern-mixing (the tribal print belt paired with checkered shirt on the man on the left) is trending right now.

After Hugo Boss, I made a stop in Armani, which unfortunately did not offer drinks or music, but the clothes were very polished with a clean look. In typical Armani fashion, they were black and grey. The hats are very ´Mad Men´and I think would make for a great fall/winter statement piece.

Later, I made a stop in Tod´s and I truly believe every man should own a pair of moccasins. Here I found them in pretty much every color of the rainbow.

I later made my way down to Soloio which is a Spanish brand from Madrid, but on the way I ran into this lovely young man, who blew me away with his stylish look.  The bright blue blazer really adds to the whole outfit.

I arrived at Soloio and immediately spotted these Tom-style shoes with a little added sass right in the window display.

These stores have several locations in Madrid and for more information, visit the Soloio website.

On the way home I ran into some fabulously dressed men. As it was about 30ºC or 80-ishºF around 11:00 at night, I completely feel that white and stripes were appropriate. In Spain, there are no rules about wearing white after Labor Day!

Just love a man in a suit! These two guys were flattered I wanted to snap their photo in their ¨work¨clothes.

Finally I stopped into Knack Men, a suit boutique and I was extremely impressed. This shop was a standout experience for me and is deserving of its very own post. All in all, this years Fashion Night Out was a huge success. If you missed it, there’s always next September!

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Fashion Week strutted it’s stuff once again in Madrid showing a vast emphasis on a more tailored style.  The runway shows that happened in early September showcased the styles and trends for the following spring 2013. This season, almost every single designer that showed menswear featured suits with a twist.  Did suits ever actually leave the fashion world? Not exactly. But in the past couple of years, the menswear trends have been very casual in Madrid, pulling back in that 90´s grunge look or a more relaxed style of jeans and tees. Madrid is just not a suit city, like Manhattan or London. Yes, business men do wear suits but walking down the street you don’t see every man in a suit like you do on 5th Avenue, for example. Seeing suits on men in Madrid would be a refreshing new change. What man doesn’t look sexy in a suit or even well-tailored slacks and a blazer?!

David Delfin, Ana Locking, Roberto Verino and Devota y Lomba are just a few designers that showed suits at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid. And they weren’t just boring suits either, each had a little quirk or detail that made them exciting.

This tan suit by Roberto Verino is a nice change from the typical black, navy and gray suits you usually see. The new take on the briefcase is cool as well.

This blue/black suit by Roberto Verino has a long coat, making it perfect for a formal wedding or any important event.

This David Delfin look isn´t a suit necessarily, but it is an interesting take on a suit, with the matching tailored pants and shirt.

This David Delfin suit screams urban: a color blocked jacket with white accents and super skinny pants.  Not for a business meeting, but a great look for a night out on the town.

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This Devota y Lomba suit uses a little shine to boost it’s gray color.

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This Ana Locking look, while it may be a little on the extreme side, shows that you can still personalize your suits and add fun touches, like a rope belt and leopard shirt underneath.

These bowties from Jarabowtie, were for sale outside of the fashion shows for 20 euros. This is an excellent way to brighten up a dark suit or add a little jazz to your outfit.

Use these looks as inspiration. This doesn’t mean you can’t look casual anymore. But, the next time you have a date or are heading out to dinner, throw on a blazer or some tailored pants instead of jeans.

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Runway shows can be pretty fabulous, but really the way people interpret them is what truly creates fashion and trends. This year when looking at street style during fashion week, what people were wearing off the runways directly correlated with what was being shown on the runways. In a way, the off- the- runway looks were even better, because each man personal added their personal style and confidence to the look.  During Fashion Week I scoured through hundreds of men and outfits to find some fabulous dressed people. The men I found, featured below, looked polished and trendy without going over the top.

Wilson looks amazing in his red checked blazer and bowtie and accessorizes perfectly with a white satchel.

Edu owns this look featuring cuffed pants and blue scarf, shoes, and wallet.

Rueben, who blogs about vintage fashion, clearly knows his stuff! He accessorizes with a vintage brown doctor bag and fancy wing tip shoes. The color combo of the brown, black and red is unexpected and different.

Loic, who is originally from Switzerland but lives in Madrid, looks very urban with his black skinny pants and skinny tie. He is living proof that combining black and brown can look very cool.


I ran into Juan in line for the Robertta Torretta runway show. I had to stop and take his picture, because to me he looks right on trend but also it seems effortless, the mussed hair and the glasses, and I love those shoes.

Do you think you have great style? Well send us a pic and let us know!

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No Sunday brunch plans? Don´t fret. Every Sunday for the month of September, you can practice rooftop Bikram Yoga at the Oscar Roommate Hotel Madrid in Chueca at 10:00 am, followed by a buffet breakfast.

The class and breakfast is 25 euros and you have to reserve your spot beforehand. The teachers hail from the Bikram Yoga studio in Chueca and are trained in the practice.

Bikram Yoga is a form a yoga that uses 26 postures and is usually done in a very hot room- about 105F or 40C.  The class in 90 minutes long and combines strength and flexibility training.  Bikram is good for your mind, your body, your organs, your bones, and not to mention your stress levels.  It can even make you look taller because you are aiming to lengthen your spine. Bikram aims to give those who practice a long and healthy life by staying strong, flexible, and eliminating toxins from the body.

The Oscar Roomate Hotel is one of Madrid´s trendiest places to stay and also boosts a beautiful rooftop deck and pool, that becomes the place to be seen after dark. And not not just after dark either…on Sunday mornings for rooftop Bikram Yoga!

For more information or to reserve, visit

Oscar Roommate Hotel

Plaza Vázquez de Mella 12

Metros: Gran Via, Chueca, Sevilla

917 011 173

Bikram Yoga Center

Calle Barquillo 38

Metros: Chueca, Colon

913 192 058

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If you are tired of the same old ¨let’s get drinks and dinner¨ date, this original date idea is the perfect alternative.

Take a ride on Madrid´s Teleferico, or cable car.  Many residents of Madrid have no idea that Madrid even has a cable car, but it does.  And it´s a whole lot of fun too.
The cable is accessible from Casa de Campo, one of Madrid´s largest parks, or on the other end, from Pintor Rosales.  My recommendation is as follows: start at the Pintor Rosales entrance (you can take the 74 bus or the closest metro stop is Arguelles) and ride the cable car over to Casa de Campo. A round trip ticket will cost you between 5-6 euros. One way tickets are available too. Inside the car there is a narrative, which can be put in various languages, to explain to you what you are seeing. The cars can fit up to 5 adults, giving you the option to make it a double date.  The ride is short-only 11 minutes- so soak it up while you can. On the way you´ll get beautiful panoramic views of the city, the cathedral, the palace, the Manzanares River, the Casa de Campo park, and more.

View of the Manzanares River

View of the Palace, Cathedral, and City Center

Once you arrive at Casa de Campo, get off and take a stroll. There are picnic tables and a small restaurant as well if you are feeling like a snack. Casa de Campo is a park, but it´s almost a small forest. There is lots of great hiking, a lake, and more if you prefer to spend more time there. The Madrid Zoo and the Amusement Park are also linked to Casa de Campo if you want to go all out and visit either of those.

After your stroll, hop back on the cable car  to return. The cars emit an old school feel which makes the experience quite charming. It´s not a flashy, modern, expensive amusement park ride, which is why it has such a great vibe to it. They haven´t re-done the original cars since it was built in 1969, so they have they cool vintage look to them. You feel like you are being transported to another place and time.

If you plan your date just right, you can then walk over to Templo Debod Park (this area is loaded with parks) and watch the sunset from there for a very romantic end to your date.  Templo deBod is an actual Egyptian temple from 4 BC that was brought over from Egypt in 1971.  The Egyptians wanted to show their gratitude to Spain for helping save AbuSimbel.  The temple was disassembled in Egypt, flown to Valencia, sent to Madrid by train, and then reconstructed, stone by stone, in the park. This park has got a very special vibe to and it would be the perfect way to end your date.

Templo Debod at Sunset

Photo by Antonio Rodriguez

If you want to take a ride on Madrid´s Teleferico, check out the Teleferico Website for more info.

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