The Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City is a boutique haven for fashion lovers and Apartment 25 is one of the most popular, not to mention coolest, options available if you love a good statement piece. Here you can find a wealth of international labels that aren’t available elsewhere in Mexico, such as the Swedish menswear brand Cmmn Swdn, as well as more local underground brands such as the up-and-coming, uber cool Weimar Youth.
If you’d prefer to pick up clothing that’s got a more traditionally Mexican aesthetic, then Amanoarte in the quaint San Ángel region of the city is the place you should head for. A favourite with locals and travellers alike, here you can buy handcrafted pieces of clothing and art, the sales of which go towards preserving the traditions associated with their production and helping the indigenous communities they come from.
One of the city’s most well-known boutiques, Fábrica Social has a couple of branches in the capital but we recommend stopping by the one that’s smack in the middle of the historic centre. The items you can find here are both fashion forward, mixing commercial trends with traditional handcrafting techniques, as well as socially conscious; Mexican women from eight distinct communities are brought together to learn craft basics and develop their own textile skills, before being compensated fairly for their collaborations.
Founded in 2007 by Deya Tarno, this is the boutique that’s known for championing Mexican designers, such as the contemporary, muted designs of Sandra Weil and the sculptural designs of CIHUAH both of whom made our list of Mexican fashion brands to watch out for. While Naked Boutique does make for an admittedly more upscale shopping option for the fashion lover, they also offer personal shopping services so you can get the best styles for your shape.
If you want to find items that are typically harder to come by in Mexico, then Lemur is perhaps one of the best boutique options for you. Look carefully and you’ll spot items that can’t be found anywhere else in the city in this tiny boutique, from their trademark t-shirts, blouses and sweaters with eye-catching prints, made from top-notch materials to quirky phone cases and shoes. What’s more, and unlike many other top Roma boutiques, the prices are accessible even to the fashion lover on a budget.
Lemur, Jalapa 85, Colonia Roma, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 3547 2182
A former winner of the Who’s On Next Vogue México award, Lorena Saravia now has three branches of her eponymous boutique across Mexico, one of which is in Polanco. While Polanco in general is a great shopping spot in Mexico City for anyone who wants to rub shoulders with the Mexican elite and do some designer label shopping, we particularly recommend Lorena Saravia for its delicate and minimalist designs made for the modern yet feminine woman.
Although you can pick up her designs in various places across Mexico City, you can’t go wrong with a visit to her also eponymously named Roma boutique either. Carla Fernández is admirable for her dedication to providing fashion forward pieces that become wardrobe staples, whilst ensuring she ties in a Mexican sensibility to her work. Vibrant colours dominate the palette and she works in partnership with many communities to promote the use of traditional design practices.