Buenos Aires is a dream for vintage shopping lovers. There's an array of vintage boutiques, hidden showrooms, thrift shops and markets dotted around the city, where you can find an eclectic mix of pieces from all over the world, collected and curated by local vintage enthusiasts. Here are some of our favourite spots for vintage shopping in Buenos Aires.
Helena, Rosario and Mercedes Cabrera founded their namesake leather brand in Buenos Aires in November 2016 based on the principle of using the best Argentine materials to create modern, stylish products. They design all of their handbags, wallets and homewares themselves and work with local artisans to create each piece by hand. We talk with them to get the story behind their brand.
Trying to find that hairdresser, barbers or nail salon in a foreign country that rivals your go-to at home can be daunting. Don’t leave yourself to the hands of a stranger or your sub-par Spanish, we have compiled a list of our favourite spots to cater to all your beauty and pampering requirements.
In the Spotlight: Maria A Zolezzi, creative designer of contemporary Argentine knitwear label, Maydi
Argentine designer Maria A Zolezzi previously worked in Paris for twelve years for luxury designers such as Sonia Rykiel, Isabel Marant and Nick Hart among others, before returning to Buenos Aires to launch her namesake label in 2014. Deciding to focus solely on wool, her handmade collections feature striking knitwear for men and women, ranging from classic cardigans, ponchos and sweaters to more avant-garde pieces, as well as a line of beautifully soft blankets, throws, cushion covers and other artistic home textiles. Maydi values fair trade and uses all-natural fibres from Argentina such as organic merino wool, llama and baby alpaca that are all hand knitted and woven using ancestral techniques to create classic and unique pieces.
After a hectic few days in the sleepless city of Buenos Aires, you’re probably ready for some R&R. Whether it’s a quick ferry hop across the Rio de la Plata to Uruguay for the day or a short flight to the wine capital Mendoza for two nights, there are numerous getaways from Buenos Aires where you can relax, enjoy a glass of fine wine and recharge your batteries. Here are four of our favourites.
Not everything is what it initially seems in Buenos Aires. It’s easy to walk past a seemingly average closed door without knowing what it holds inside. However hidden behind some of these doors is a unique experience, be it an appointment-only Argentine fashion designer’s showroom, intimate supper club, speak-easy bar or artist workshop. Scattered throughout Buenos Aires neighbourhoods, the city’s unique secret scene is only accessible to those in the know and offers an alternative, insider’s view into the Buenos Aires lifestyle. Here are our five favourite secret spots in Buenos Aires right now.
Buenos Aires has some great markets offering everything from traditional and modern artisan crafts to flea market bric-a-brac and vintage treasures. Here's our guide to shopping at the best markets in the city.
The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are starting to turn and fall off the trees, and the window displays in Buenos Aires' boutiques have changed meaning that fall is upon us. It's time to switch over your wardrobe and look to the new autumn/winter trends for wardrobe inspiration. To give you a helping hand, here's our guide to some of our favourite fashion trends for Autumn/Winter 2017.
When travelling to unknown, far-flung destinations such as Buenos Aires, it's hard to know what to pack. While you want to be prepared for every occasion and weather condition and still look stylish in the process, you need to pack smart and prioritise. So if you’re planning a trip to Buenos Aires soon, here is our guide to what to pack and when.
We love shopping in Buenos Aires but we also love to eat. Naturally, as a tourist in the city, you'll be expecting to eat steak, steak and more steak. However, the Buenos Aires restaurant scene has much more to offer than just meat. Don’t get us wrong, the steak here is not to be missed but if you’re wanting a break from the parrilla, here are some of our favourite dining spots in Buenos Aires.
In the Spotlight: Maria Redondo and Silvina Frydman, founders of Argentine leather label Redondo Frydman
Leather lovers will be in leather heaven in Redondo Frydman's new boutique in Buenos Aires. The collection, designed by Argentines Maria Redondo and Silvina Frydman, is crafted entirely from beautiful soft leather, including women's handbags, shoes, jackets, trench coats, pants, dresses and shirts. To find out more about this luxe leather brand, read our interview with the Argentine design duo below.
The Buenos Aires shopping scene is not just limited to womenswear and acessories, there's a unique shopping scene for men in the city too. Due to high import taxes, it's not worth shopping for foreign brands so focus on the vibrant local design scene and shop for made-in-Argentina items. To make sure you’re getting the most out of the Buenos Aires shopping scene, here are our top five buys for men in Argentina’s capital.
If you’ve spent any time in Buenos Aires you will have noticed that Buenos Aires has a diverse mix of neighbourhoods (or 'barrios as they're called in castellano), each with its own distinct architecture, rhythm of life, style, and shopping scene. To help you navigate BA's different hoods, here’s our guide to some of the city’s most vibrant districts and what to expect while exploring and shopping in Buenos Aires.
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