Desigual (Spanish: [desiˈɣwal]; Catalan: [dəziˈɣwaɫ]) is a clothing brand headquartered in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which is notable for its trendy patchwork designs, intense prints, graffiti art, asymmetrical designs (hence the name) and flamboyant splashes of colour. Founded in 1984 by Swiss businessman Thomas Meyer on the island of Ibiza, Desigual was managed by Manel Adell from 2002 until December 2013. Manel Jadraque then became the new CEO.
Desigual sells men's, women's, children's clothing, accessories and women's shoes. It achieved a sixty percent annual growth from 2002 to 2009, and a turnover of €250 million in 2009, €440 million in 2010 and €560 million in 2011. In 2011 it employed 2,900 people of 72 nationalities.
Concepts, partners and promotions
Desigual claims to have a philosophy based on positivity, tolerance, commitment and fun. Each season the Desigual design team, comprising 25 designers, prepares a collection of over 1,000 items, including clothes and accessories, built around a unified concept.
Some of the concepts used by the company are Real Life, Magic Stories, Luxury Feelings, Me&You, Better&Better, Wow, Life is Cool, All Together and Handmade.
In 2011 the company started collaborating with the French designer Christian Lacroix. In June 2011 Desigual signed a worldwide partnership with Cirque du Soleil to develop a clothing collection named Desigual inspired by Cirque du Soleil including sixty items of clothing and accessories. The clothing will be made available at Desigual stores as well as Cirque du Soleil show boutiques.
In January 2011 Desigual launched a campaign in Spain and Portugal by promising shoppers "Come in undressed and go out dressed". At the Madrid store a few 200 people queued outside ready to strip down to their underwear to take advantage of the shop's winter sale offer. The same campaign was repeated in June 2011 in London, Berlin, Stockholm, Madrid, Prague and New York City.
Desigual shops are located in Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Curaçao,the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Saint Martin, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Taiwan, Trinidad, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.