Personal Shopping in Madrid
I have just come back from vacations in Spain where I had the opportunity to work with a client that lives in Europe. I know her style, lifestyle, colors that fit her complexion, what type of clothes look beautiful on her and what she already has in her closet. So it makes everything easier.
My problem was that I had not been to Madrid for many years, so I needed to do a good research. Which in fact I love to do when I travel. I started looking for a neighborhood with a good mix of shops and nice streets to walk in since it was spring. Therefore, the neighborhood chosen was Salamanca, which also has the Corte Ingles, a department store, with the best selection in the city. For two days, I visited many shops. My advice for you that work with personal shopping is to always reserve the time to do research in different types of stores, from small business to luxury brands, as it is possible that one client that travels to the same place would ask your help.
One of my interesting discoveries was the Del Pozo brand store. The work of designer Josep Font, which I had the opportunity to meet at a Moda Operandi event in New York, is beautiful! I also visited a Loewe store, although we find the brand in several department and multi-brand stores in NYC, it is in a flagship that we see the full collection. Loewe’s head designer, JW Anderson, is young and super talented. In the local stores, many unknown to me, I noticed that most of the clothes and accessories are made locally with pride, which is perfect to find a piece that probably nobody will have where you live. Spain has tradition of manifacturing shoes and there are options for all styles and budgets. The espadrille is originally from Spanish and there is no better place to buy one.
In the day of personal shopping, I already felt at ease in the neighborhood, already knew well the merchandise in stores. And I had already talked to salespeople and managers in the stores and introduced myself. From there, everything went fine as if it were in my city.
It is also important to know how to guide the customer who lives outside the European Community regarding the tax return when the total of the purchase is over 90 Euros. The store has to provide paperwork and stamping, the consumer is responsible for showing it at the airport before going through security and putting the envelope in the post box. Also keep the merchandise in hand, they may ask to verify that it is really leaving the country.
And about the neighbourhoods of Madrid, a delightful city to be visited, here.