Friday, January 2, 2015

Shop at El Corte Ingles, Madrid

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I have the feeling that 2015 is the year for travel. With three trips already planned – and more possibly to surprise – it is a good time to expand my horizons and to look beyond. A change of scenery to open my eyes.

I’ve never been to Spain, but my mom and my youngest sister should be going this year as a very belated graduation gift for my youngest sibling. She picked the country herself for its architectural treasures (she finished a degree in archi and bagged the chancellor’s award for best thesis – congrats again!).

As for me, I’ll be packing my bags for somewhere closer to home: Vigan and Bangkok this month, Bali in September, and who knows where else besides.


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I’ll be travelling with the boyfie, then with family, then by myself for a friend’s wedding. Other travels in front of my desk and before a window (wherever that may be and in whichever form) in between – you know what I mean.


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I’ll have to plan the trips soon: which sites to visit and photograph, where to eat, and of course, where to shop. I’ll make sure to remind my mom and sister to pass by El Corte Ingles’s Castellana store in Madrid (address: Centro Castellana, Raimundo Fernández Villaverde 79).

El Corte Ingles approached me sometime last year (way back in 2014 – the past tense still takes getting used to, no?) about helping them introduce to you, my dear readers, their wonderful brick-and-mortar department store (where Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, above, are just two of the menswear brands available).


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Nuevo Castellana by El Corte Inglés is a unique space where exclusivity is at the service of the visitor. Opened in October 2011 and located in Paseo de la Catellana, in central Madrid, its modern spaces and sales concepts put it as the most dynamic department store in Europe. Without having to walk long distances, the visitor will find the best haute couture and jewellery brands, as well as unique beauty and health services in its sprawling 170,000-square floor plan.


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Throughout the spacious shopping area, the customer can enjoy a wide range of goods and services, including a space that is entirely dedicated to personal care and beauty. With over 1,100 square metres dedicated to innovative activity, El Corte Inglés de Castellana enjoys a wide range of options tailored to each person and exclusive health and cosmetic medicine treatments.


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Among the most exclusive spaces, fashion has pride of place. Designed to be a different sort of space with its own character, the shops are located along real ‘streets of luxury’ where each brand enjoys its own atmosphere and decoration. Cartier, Bulgari, Gucci, Hermés, Jimmy Choo, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Miu Miu, Prada, Tod’s, Saint Laurent, Carolina Herrera, and Burberry are some of the main brands you will find in this corner of exclusivity.


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Of course, alongside its fine retail offerings, El Corte Inglés offers only the best in terms of gourmet experience, featuring such brands as Moët & Chandon, Fauchon, Belvedere, Fortnum & Mason, Godiva, Hennesy, Krug, and chocolatier Neuhaus.


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Altogether, almost 3,000 square metres dedicated to fashion, sharing a floor with the most sought-after fine jewellery and timepiece brands. The most select and renowned brands in the world are all together here. Some have their own shops, as is the case for Bulgari, Cartier, Rolex, IWC, Panerai, Vertu, Blancpain, Tag Heuer, and Omega.


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El Corte Inglés is Spain’s biggest retail group and a world leader in department stores by turnover. Since it opened in 1940, the Group has remained faithful to its belief in customer service and a constant quest to meet society’s tastes and changing needs.


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It set out to be an establishment where the customer could find all sorts of products and services. After 70 years of experience, El Corte Inglés has created a pioneering and unique business model and purchasing style, based on its slogan ‘the store for all your purchases’.


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Its business success has led it to a policy of diversifying and creating new formats, launching into the sale of a variety of consumer products (including, but not limited to: antiques, art, childcare, computers, drugstore, electronics, fur, furniture, homeware, sports, toys, and travel), which positions it as the largest private employer in Spain and the undisputed leading department store in Europe.


Not only that, El Corte Inglés also offers exclusive and unique perks and privileges for its shoppers, such as:

- 15.7% VAT refund + 10% reward scheme;
- An inviting welcoming gift in the form of a glass of wine and a traditional tapa;
- Convenient international delivery;
- Access to a personal shopper;
- Thoughtful multilingual staff;
- Not to mention, the store is walking distance from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid football club.


What else can you ask for?


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Below is a sneak peek of the roster of luxury brands mentioned above, plus a few more. So you can get a feel of just how extensive El Corte Inglés’s offerings are.


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There’s something for everyone: clothes, accessories, bags, and gadgets.


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Only the latest and most premium selections catered for your every need.


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If I went to El Corte Inglés with my family, we’ll probably split up and meet up again to eat.


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Catch up on what each has seen, tried/tried on, and bought.


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Now that Christmas is over, the sales are sure to drop prices even lower. It’s time to strike off those long sought-after purchases from your to-buy list.


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Which reminds me: I still have to find myself a new scent for the new year.


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Hungry for more?


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El Corte Inglés is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: you’ll never know what you’ll get, until you get there.


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