Buenos Aires’ neighbourhood of Recoleta is known for its high society as well as its great shopping opportunities. Here, we round up some of the best fashion boutiques in this impressively regal neighbourhood.
Based in both the U.S. and Argentina, but this upscale boutique’s Recoleta branch has all the trappings expected of this high-end neighbourhood. Located on the famous Posadas Street (home to Buenos Aires’ fanciest hotel, the Alvear Palace, and an apartment once lived in by First Lady Eva Peron), Perez Sanz offers a unique range of accessories and handbags. Check out its striking collars and bangles, or try one of its textured ponchos on for size. If nothing else, its signature handbags are sure to jazz up any outfit.
Perez Sanz, Posadas 1477, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4815 9190
Zapateria Guido is for all the flaneurs and Dapper Dans out there—this traditional men’s shoemaker is a purveyor of fine leather boots, loafers, shoe,s and brogues for any occasion. A smaller ladies’ range includes handbags and leather jackets, but this one is really for the hombres.
Zapateria Guido, Av Pres Manuel Quintana 333, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4811 4567
With its ground floor galleries and little black-and-white striped canopies, this 19th-century passageway in Recoleta conjures up images of Paris or Rome. Dip in and out of the many boutiques, showrooms, and studios that line the alley, and don’t miss Kenall for handbags and Comme il Faut for the best tango shoes in Buenos Aires.
Tramando’s trademark is a playful mix of patterns and textiles to create strong, ready-to-wear looks that still lend an element of surprise. Martin Churba, one of Argentina’s most exciting designers, has brought his visions to life at Tramando in a range of stunning collections that blur the line between art and fashion. Plus its Art Couture line, conceptual fashion producing one-of-a-kind pieces, is artisanally engineered to wow.
Tramando, Rodríguez Peña 1973, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4811 0465
This artisanal jeweler draws on art nouveau, art deco, sacred geometry, and astrology for its intricate earrings, rings, and necklaces. Clearly inspired by another time (or world), these baubles go great as modern statement pieces with simple outfit yet complement loud looks just as well.
Oleana Joyas, Rodríguez Peña 2067, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4812 5169
Juan Hernandez Daels, another famous Argentine womenswear designer, merges low hemlines with sheer red vinyl or oversized pinstripe jackets with plunging necklines that leave little to the imagination. Feminine and ethereal yet domineering and aloof, Daels’ clothes are for confident beings brave enough to show their vulnerable side.
Juan Hernandez Daels, Libertad 1696, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4815 4326
Anyone wanting to bring home a taste of gaucho life on the pampa should get down to artisanal boutique Arandu. It stocks everything from mate gourds and alpargatas (or typical gaucho shoes) to ponchos and down gilets to ward off the cold of the grassy plains. Check out suede vests and jackets for an urban cowboy look as well, and be the envy of everyone you meet.
Arandu, Ayacucho 1924, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4800 1575