Mexico City has been named the World Design Capital for 2018 and there’s a lot of talent in this town to back up the title. Whether you’re looking for the perfect new piece or a killer souvenir or gift, here are a few shops and regular bazaars that will keep you up to date with the latest and greatest from local Mexican designers. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
Bazar Fusion started as a monthly shopping fair, where designers purchased individual stands or tables and sold jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags, and more. Now the bazaar has a permanent location in Colonia Juarez with some really great established mini-shops open all week long. The monthly fairs are still happening and now usually have a theme, like “green” or “recycled furniture.” You can follow them on Facebook for all the updates of when the next event is happening, or just stop by the store and check out the amazing designers that have spaces there.
This high-end shop in Polanco sells mostly shoes and clothing and works to promote Latino fashion and designers throughout the world. Therefore you will find Brazilian and Argentine design along with local creators. Everything about the store has been carefully thought out and created for the ultimate shopping experience, down to the material of its furniture and the way that items are displayed around the shop.
Dedicated to showcasing Mexican designers and craftsmen, The Happening‘s two locations feature almost 80 percent of their products Hecho en Mexico (Made in Mexico). Pottery, kids’ clothing, artwork, jewelry, shoes, and more are displayed so artfully that even if you come in with no intention to buy you will be extremely tempted to pick something up. The Happening Roma location is slightly bigger than their space in San Angel, and with only a few months in business is already a hit in the neighborhood.
This is a once-a-month fair in Colonia Roma that features young, local designers making everything from aprons to artwork to apple pie. It’s a great place to get a feel for the new, chic, and hip in Mexico City. This monthly bazaar was created as far back as 2009, and is one of the most popular of its forms in the area. There is always good food to be had and usually over 100 different vendors to browse among. Each month it’s held at the Centro Gallego in Roma—a beautiful atmosphere for beautiful items.
This shop has a selection of books, clothing, skateboards, and tennis shoes, with a streetwise vibe and hipster chic. You can find artsy guidebooks to the city, bicycles, and cool gifts for all styles. The 180º Shop isn’t 100 percent Mexican designers like some of the others on this list, but a large part of their inventory is local and Mexican made.
The Clothing Room
This project combines several businesses, a showroom for consigned pieces from distinct brands, a fashion production and coordination service for publicity campaigns, fashion shows, clothing rental, and design and public relations services for the brands that they have in their showroom. While the three founders, Nayeli de Alba, Benjamin Larroque and Tino Portillo,have designers from all over the world in their store, they are partial to Mexican designers. Whether you want a piece to add to your permanent collection or just a dress rental for a big event, this is your place.
A tiny place tucked into a basement-level shop in Roma, Tenderete has a lovely selection of silver jewelry, handpainted t-shirts, stuffed animals, hand-drawn journals and more. They have some odd hours, so check ahead before you go, but we promise it will be worth the trip. Through their Facebook page they do giveaways and host events and auctions of local designer goods.
Tenderete, Jalapa 130, Roma Nte., Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5564 8404
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