Wedding shop for gay men opens in Barcelona

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Gay men planning to get married in Spain now can pamper themselves before the big day thanks to a luxury bridal shop recently opened just for them.

The shop, called By, offers made-to-measure suits, some of which are inlaid with 22-carat gold.

They also sell rings and other accessories created by a collection of Spanish designers.

Owner Santiago Porrero told The Independent:

“We saw there was a gap in the market for gay men though we are not only aiming for homosexuals.

“It is called By because each person can have a unique creation by one of our designers. There will only be one of these suits in the world.”

“What we offer can be as varied and original as a bride’s dress,” he added.

“You are now starting to see more traditional bridal shops offering something for gay couples, but it is only because they think they should.”

Porrero told the newspaper that he chose Barcelona because it’s an “open-minded and modern city, very linked to design and an important tourist destination for gays.”

He hopes gay couples from Britain and other countries may travel to Barcelona to choose their outfits as well.

Same-sex marriages were approved by the Spanish parliament in 2005. That’s when the 32-year-old Porrero got the idea for the unique boutique.

“I saw the opportunity to do business after the law was approved. I didn’t know of any other country that had a shop or boutique for gay weddings,” he said.

“It was obvious that gays, who also marry, needed their own bride shop.”

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