There are still a couple of months of summer left in Buenos Aires so even though the new Autumn/Winter collections will be showing up in Buenos Aires' boutiques very soon, your summer wardrobe still has a way to go. Here are some of our summer fashion do's and don'ts to keep you looking (and feeling) cool for the remainder of the summer season in Buenos Aires.
If you're a seasoned world traveller and shopper that likes to pick up souvenirs and local designer pieces in every city that you visit then you're probably already familiar with the Tax Free Shopping system and the right to claim back the VAT on your purchases. As a tourist in Argentina, you can enjoy up to 14% tax returns on your shopping with the company Global Blue that operates a worldwide Tax Free shopping network. It makes shelling out for that cowhide rug, Buenos Aires designer dress and handmade steak knife set suddenly more appealing. The process may sound like a drag but it's worth doing if you're a big shopper. What could be a better shopping excuse than the possibility of getting some of your money back?
If you're not sure how it works, here is our step-by-step guide to tax free shopping in Buenos Aires.
In the Spotlight: Paula Marra, founder of Matriarca, Socially-Responsible Project Supporting Argentina's Talented Artisans
Matriarca is a socially-responsible project that was conceived by Argentine founder Paula Marra in 2011. It's a collective of organisations, designers and artisans focused on local development and creating a sustainable model of production and consumption in Argentina. Working closely with indigenous communities, mainly women, from different regions across Argentina, the brand fuses traditional culture with modern demands in order to create unique, stylish and ethical artisan goods for the home and your wardrobe. Read our interview with founder Paula Marra below:
Malbec. In Argentina it’s abundant, delicious and relatively cheap. When in Buenos Aires it’s necessary, nay, obligatory to drink some of that velvety good stuff. Although I'm not opposed to drinking alone (that’s normal, right?), you’re probably going to want some good company while enjoying a nice bottle of fine Argentine red wine. Since it’s unacceptable to show up to a wine bar in Buenos Aires without pants (seriously guys, wear pants) I'm going to give you some men's style advice and break down a few outfits that capture the body, mind, spirit and style of that wine you order.
Wondering what Buenos Aires shopping scene is famous for? Being a closed economy with very few international designers and brands, the city has a vibrant local design scene. There's a huge number of local up and coming designers in clothing, leather handbags, jewelry, shoes that have all your wardrobe needs covered, not to mention a huge number of talented artisans, who help keep Argentina's traditional crafts alive. If you want to take home a few special mementos of Buenos Aires, here are our top five must-buys when shopping in Argentina's cosmopolitan capital.
While Buenos Aires doesn't have quite the same fashion reputation as Paris, Milan or New York, the city does have its own special breed of Buenos Aires designers and there is some unique luxury fashion to be found that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Influenced by their European roots, South American spirit and native artisan traditions and textiles, these designers' made-in-Argentina collections offer a very unique fashion aesthetic.
Buenos Aires is famous for its leather shoes and boots but there's one historical family-run business in particular offering a truly bespoke leather shoe service
Buenos Aires Fashion Week returns this week to point you in the right direction for your spring-summer 2016-17 wardrobe. To get a preview of what’s in store, we caught up with a few Buenos Aires designers.
Read all about our newly launched VIP shopping package, a luxury way to shop in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is a leather shopping mecca. Here are our top tips for buying leather.
Meet two local Buenos Aires designers who are reinventing the square printed scarf.
We go backstage during Argentine designer Cecilia Gadea's catwalk show for Buenos Aires Fashion Week.
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A guide to our favourite spots in Buenos Aires for coffee, tea and treats.
A roundup of some of our favourite Instagram fashion icons in Buenos Aires.
It's the season for white sneakers in men's fashion.
Read our interview with the guy behind local Buenos Aires men's shoe brand Terrible Enfant
Our picks for your wardrobe in Buenos Aires this week
A guide to the best trends this winter season in Buenos Aires.
We interview Argentine bag designer Consuelo Lough, who has a showroom in Buenos Aires.