We’ve got to tell you about the Spanish womenswear brand, Uterqüe, the lesser-known sister of Zara and Massimo Dutti.

The buzz around Uterqüe is so intense that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a new kid on the block – but you’d be wrong. This fashion editors’ favourite was, in fact, set up back in 2008, with a clear aim: to give accessories pride of place in women’s wardrobes again. (The word means “one thing and the other” in Latin and is pronounced “oo-ter-kway”, FYI.)

Sales went so well when the brand launched that Uterqüe was soon offering a gorgeous ready-to-wear collection as well. It has, albeit quietly, been stealing the hearts of well-dressed women ever since. The impossibly stylish Queen Letizia of Spain is said to be a fan.

The Uterqüe woman is aged between 25 and 50, and is “middle class, urban, educated, cosmopolitan and independent”. The brand prides itself on its excellent customer service, 800 carefully thought through shops and online boutique, which delivers to the UK.

They say they are “reviving the tradition of handcrafted products by using top-quality materials”. Among the brand’s core values is a commitment to sustainable development and protecting the environment. Their website emphasizes that they have responsible production standards in terms of their use of animal products.

Uterqüe’s pieces are grown up, elegant and reasonably priced. We love the unusual ruffled blazer, for £180; the daisy hoop earrings, for £59; the fabulous sequin clutch, for £69; and the Nappa leather mules with strap, for £99, which remind us happily of Gucci. Actually, all of the shoes are pretty dreamy.

Uterqüe has no store in the UK, though word is that they are looking to open one in due course. In any case, the slick site smacks of high production values and is a total pleasure to linger over.

It is no wonder that this treasure trove of unbelievable shoes, bags, jewellery and elegant separates is the secret weapon of stylists nationwide.

April 2018