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From Madrid, with love


We know this is ‘Dubai’ in a Frame. But, it doesn’t hurt to tell you what is going on in other leading metropolitan cities in the world.

We were asked if we would be interested in telling you about a department store in the city of Madrid. We liked what we saw and wanted to share the wealth of info!

Madrid is known for its, sure, but it is also known for its shopping. Luxury department store El Corte Inglés invites you to visit it’s premises on your next trip to Madrid. The department store is dedicated to fashion, watches, jewellery and lifestyle. Brands such as Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Dior, Gucci, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Yves Saint Laurent, Carolina Herrera and Burberry woo you for your attention.

An endearing tale about how El Corte Inglés was born. Read on…

El Corte Inglés, which is the largest chain of department stores in Europe, and a cornerstone of Spain’s commercial sector. It takes its name from a small tailor’s shop founded in the 19th century in the heart of Madrid and purchased by Ramón Areces in 1935. Soon after that, Mr. Areces acquired a building in the nearby Calle Preciados, and implemented the definitive department system in the 1940s.

The 60s were a key period for expansion with new centers opening in Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao, as well as Madrid. The group grew rapidly until the middle of the 90s, expanding to other provincial capitals. In 2001, El Corte Inglés opened its first department store outside Spain, in neighboring Lisbon.

To us, it seems like the best place to buy almost anything luxury-oriented in Madrid.

Of course, luxury shopping experience cannot be complete without delicious dining? The Gourmet Experience in Castellana allows you to enjoy different types of specialties from around the world.

What we love the most are the VAT refunds. Buy a luxurious watch and get your taxes refunded! What could be sweeter?

The store also has a digital catalog for iPhone, Android and iPad. Click here to find out more.

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