As one of Mexico City’s best and most successful designers, the perfect place to pick up some locally produced clothing for Christmas is Carla Fernández’ eponymously named boutique. Her designs are modelled on indigenous patterns and shapes and she works in partnership with communities to ensure they are fairly compensated for their work. So, if you’re looking for something contemporary yet traditional this festive season, Fernández’ Roma womenswear boutique should be top of your list.
Another Roma situated boutique is Goodbye Folk, which also has a branch in the northern city of Monterrey. The Roma area itself is known for being replete with excellent boutiques, and this quirky vintage inspired store is no exception. From flouncy dresses to leather jackets and the option to have some handmade leather shoes created to order, it’s an excellent shopping option for the fashion-forward but fussy man or woman in your life.
Goodbye Folk, Colima 198A, Colonia Roma Norte, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5525 4109
Arroz Con Leche
Everyone knows shopping for baby clothes is infinitely more fun than trying to find something for that one strange uncle you only see once a year and in Mexico City it’s no different. The excellent Arroz Con Leche is a childrenswear boutique that takes its inspiration from adult designs and shrinks them into miniature. Think embroidered blouses and fluffy sweaters – you’ll have no end of fun buying Christmas presents in this store. They have a few Mexico City branches but we recommend the swanky Polanco one for sure.
Sangre De Mi Sangre
Jewellery is never a bad Christmas gift idea and if you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair of earrings, bracelet or necklace, look no further than Mariana Villareal’s jewellery Sangre De Mi Sangre jewellery boutique in Roma. Her beautiful collection is edgy yet subtle at the same time – spider web necklaces haver never looked cooler. Yes, this is definitely a pricier option but the pieces are worth the investment.
Punto I Coma
Christmas shopping can be more of a chore than anything, so if you’re not a huge fan of trekking round hundreds of stores looking for that ideal gift then Punto I Coma might be the best place for you. Under one roof, you’ll find endless top quality brand names and products that cover everything from babywear with Bombon de Chocolate to accessories at Muca, and practically anything you can think of in between.
Situated in the fancy Polanco shopping hall Antara, Boutique Bloom is an ideal Christmas shopping spot. While you might not want to head there if you’re working on a tight budget, or any kind of budget at all really, it has some gorgeous designs and accessories that will leave you enamoured. We recommend going there anyway, even if just for some inspiration and not any actual purchasing. Plus, you can take a look at Antara’s annual Winter Wonderland Christmas decorations while you’re there; they’re considered some of the best in the city.
Another of Polanco’s reputable boutiques that would also make for prime Christmas shopping territory is the Gwyneth Paltrow championed Lemon Chic. Proud to stock niche and hard to come by pieces that you won’t find easily in Mexico City, this brand hails from Monterrey originally, and is the perfect place to buy something for that annoying friend who has everything. From everyday basics to fancy dresses, there’ll surely be something that catches your eye.
If you’re looking for a Christmas present that is a little less mainstream and a little more traditional, all the while remaining incredibly fashion forward and attractive, then Fábrica Social is the ideal spot to head to. This quaint boutique in Mexico City’s historic centre works with indigenous communities to bring their unique designs to a wider market, all the while compensating them fairly for their collaborations.
Founded in 2007 by Deya Tarno, Naked Boutique is another one of Roma’s top stores and the perfect Christmas shopping destination for those looking for exquisite womenswear pieces. They stock designers such as CIHUAH and Sandra Weil, both of whom are Mexico City designers to watch out for. It could also be a good bet if you need a little help deciding what to buy, as they also offer a personal shopping service.
Finally, we round off our guide with another womenswear option; Yakampot. This brand is making waves both in Mexico and across the border, with stores in Mexico City and Miami amongst other locations. They offer critically acclaimed, beautiful pieces that are all of the highest quality and will be sure to go down a treat with whomever you gift them to. You might even wind up buying something for yourself too!
Yakampot, Calle Emilio Castelar 215, Polanco, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 6721 3324