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.
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'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:
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