Bespoke Shopping
Buenos Aires

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Bespoke Shopping in Buenos Aires

 

Buenos Aires features repeatedly on the list of must-go destinations yet, when it comes to shopping, most guidebook recommendations are somewhat lacklustre and tend to play it safe, recommending generic malls or the tried and tested Palermo neighbourhood spots.

 

Clued up locals know that Palermo was at its peak ten years ago and although still a thriving shopping destination, it’s no longer the epicentre of  independent talent it once was. A new crop of Argentine designers have quietly been carving out an identity in less well trodden and cheaper areas of the city, often selling from showroom spaces or closed door boutiques.  For even the most intrepid traveller this can complicate things  a bit, even when fluent in Spanish.

 

I’ve therefore compiled a shopping guide of creative talent from the whispered word on the Porteño backstreet – some I’ve stumbled across by accident, some recommended by friends, all of which I endorse wholeheartedly.

NOUS ETUDIONS

This style conscious Buenos Aires label has a moral conscience too. Designer X is vegan and doesn’t use any animal products or byproducts in her designs, which have a deconstructed and chic minimal aesthetic with occasional flashes of colour. Everything is available from their online shop, with a beautifully put together lookbook or stocked at multi brand boutique Panorama.

  • Design
  • Panorama, República de la India 2905
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • +54 11 5276 7700
  • www.nousetudions.com/
    CASA CAVIA

    This newly inaugurated concept store is housed in a building from 1927 and was refurbished while maintaining the original design. The beautiful mansion features a bookstore, with academic publishers on the second floor, a restaurant run by highly respected Argentine chef Pablo Massey, and an attractive landscaped patio area adjacent to the bespoke florist ‘Pasion’ and Fueguia perfumery shops located outside. It’s a perfect destination for a late afternoon aperitif al fresco, or afternoon tea with delicious cakes and baked goods, made in-house.

  • Royal
  • Cavia 2985, C1425DDA
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • +54 11 4801-9693
  • www.casacavia.com/
    LE BAS

    This Argentine design duo have one foot in BA and another in Dublin, where one half of the partnership is permanently based. Currently selling well in Japan with plans to stock in London, the girls sell through their online shop both locally and also offer international shipping as well as through multi brand store Panorama. These modern and perennially stylish handbag designs are crafted from premium buttery soft Argentine leather, with several unisex models in the pipeline.

  • Royal
  • Panorama, República de la India 2905
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • http://www.lebas.co/
    DUBIE

    One of my longstanding favourite Argentine designers, she’s had my full attention since her debut collection. Agustina’s eponymous label is the ideal concept to get inspired for a wardrobe overhaul, and a danger zone for anyone with lax self restraint. Exquisite cuts and pared down designs are redolent of late 90s Helmut Lang or Armani, using block colours, pure cotton, leather, raw silk and organza in her creations. Her quest to perfect indispensable classics means there’s an irresistible white shirt every season and sublimely soft cotton tees that you’ll want one of in every colour.

  • Royal
  • Republica de la India 3139
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • +54 11 4311-5360
  • www.dubie.com
    JT

    JTbyJT is local fashion royalty Jessica Trosman’s latest enterprise, her previous labels seeing her designs sold in NY, LA, Japan, London and Paris. JT is her most accomplished and avant garde to date, with a fiercely original aesthetic and conviction. She insists on only using natural fibres, creating unique interventions with prints and manipulating leather, one of the label’s trademarks. The creative process and production occurs on site, within the huge warehouse space which doubles up as spacious boutique and textile workshop.

  • Royal
  • Humboldt 291
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • +54 11 4857-6009
  • http://www.jtbyjt.com/
    GREENS HOME

    Gabriel Grinshpan set up Greens in 1996, a European-centric clothing label with both menswear and womenswear comprising timeless basics and chic hand designed prints. Located in an independent shopping mall which houses small independent art galleries and niche boutiques, he has built up a discerning loyal following, and opened up the basement space below his existing shop to coincide with the launch of Greens Kids last December, expanding to stock deco and hand picked items for the home as well as selling art prints and ceramic kitchenware by his talented friends.

  • Design
  • Patio Del Liceo, Avenida Santa Fe 2729
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • +54 11 4827 1482
  • http://www.greenss.com.ar/

    Written by Vanessa Bell

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    By Published on Apr 01 2015
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