Mila Kartei offers something new in the way of female apparel. As she puts it on her website, her work “inquires into the whims, the whispers and the desires of women.” Intrigued? You can visit her studio in Belgrano Mondays through Fridays, 3.00 p.m.–8.00 p.m., and Saturdays, 12.00 p.m.–4.00 p.m.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1958, celebrated Argentine designer Viviana Uchitel brings a bold fashion philosophy to her work. From her website:
“To create, to experiment, to search for unusual materials, to investigate forms, to abandon preconceived ideas about what clothes should look like… I have always used different, unexpected materials, such as rubber threads, metal pieces found in old hardware stores or resin stones, guided by the idea of combining new textures on the same color. I guess deep inside I was trying to weave, dye or sew, seeking for an unknown end, while understanding that what matters is the beauty of the trip itself, the search. By the end, the finished garment is no longer mine but for whoever will wear it in the future.”
Viviana Uchitel has locations in Los Angeles and Brazil as well as Argentina.
Viviana Uchitel, Costa Rica 4605, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4832 2166
Laguna is a small Argentine company that makes stylish, affordably-priced weather-resistant backpacks and fanciful wallets. You can put in custom orders or view their products here. Founded in 2015, Laguna also put in a regular showing at the Feria San Telmo in Buenos Aires on Sundays.
Sette is an elegant addition to women’s designer clothing. View the latest collections here.
Located in Palermo at Borges 1707, showings at Sette are by appointment only.
Sette, Jorge Luis Borges 1707, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4831 4284
Maydi’s woven wonders will leave you spellbound. Made exclusively from organic yarns and natural fibers (such as merino wool from Patagonia), the young Argentine company is taking the loom into high fashion. “Weaving loom is one of the oldest cultural traditions of Aboriginal peoples, and a clear statement of the importance of women as transmitters of life and culture in society,” the company states on its Facebook page. Maydi is fair trade and works with local Argentine artists. The company’s products are carried by a half-dozen stores in Buenos Aires as well as in France and New Zealand. Find stockists here.