Soft brown leather sofas occupy the breezy space of Isabela Capeto’s store in Jardim Botanico. The designer is renowned for her unique handwork that seamlessly combines natural fabrics with intricate embroidery and personalised dying techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Her range echoes the vibrant colors and tropical patterns of the contemporary bohemian scene in Rio.
Isabela Capeto, R. Alberto Ribeiro, 17 – Horto, Rio de Janeiro +55 (21) 2537 3331
It’s the clutch bag from Glorinha Paranagua that has thrust this designer into the spotlight. Glorinha has lived in several countries around the world, and her global experience has inspired the international and youthful edge in her work. Using exclusively Brazilian materials, her much sought-after bags make a striking visual impact.
Totem sells a range of clothes just for women that is inspired by the surrounding city. The modern loungewear line includes pieces such as wide-legged trousers, draping skirts, flowing dresses and loose tank tops in subtle prints and pleasing bright colors. The range blends sophistication and elegance with a carefree casual style, conjuring images of sparkling blue swimming pools in glamorous resorts.
Totem, Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro +55 (21) 2512 7818
Animale sits in the high end of the boutique market, where fashion comes with a hefty price tag. Yet Animale brings a range of edgy fashion pieces that blend catwalk-chic with everyday style, making it worth the sometimes four-figure price tag for those with deeper pockets. Perfect for a glam evening out, its quirky pieces include trendy jeans, body-hugging dresses and jackets to die for. The stores themselves make a wonderful shopping experience with low-lighting, modern music, a waft of fresh perfume and attentive staff.
Animale, Praia de Botafogo, 400 – Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro +55 (21) 3172 4332