Table at Airedelsur, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Deco-loving designer Marcelo Lucini began his career as a banker and now hires regional artisans to create his famous silver and carved-deer-bone trays, candelabras, photo frames, Champagne buckets, cutlery and more. He has also expanded his collection with new fashion accessories, including leather bags, metal and onyx clutches, gloves in leather with lizard and fur trim and silver and gold jewelry. When you shop for Airedelsur products in BA, you will find a larger range and will pay much less than you would back home at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus or Barneys New York, which also carry the line.

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Merchandise at Casa Fagliano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Casa Fagliano

This famous custom boot shop has been in the Fagliano family since 1892 and clients include Prince Charles and King Juan Carlos of Spain. They’ll ship the final products anywhere. Advance appointments necessary.

Merchandise at Comme Il Faut, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Comme Il Faut

When in BA, it’s hard not to buy a pair of these beautiful hand-made pumps and stilettos, considered the Manolo Blahniks of tango shoes. After all, if they’re flexible and supportive enough to survive on an Argentine dance floor, you know they’ll hold up pounding the pavement back home.

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Interior at  Elementos Argentinos, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Elementos Argentinos

Fernando Bach and Pablo Mendívil founded Elementos Argentinos to help economically isolated artisans find a more reliable market for their products. All of the handmade rugs and blankets at their cheerful Palermo shop are responsibly sourced in Argentina's remote northwest, where textiles have been spindle-spun and loom-woven for generations. The vibrant corals, golds and violets call to mind the desert landscapes of Salta and Jujuy, where Kolla families raise sheep, llamas and alpacas for their warmth-giving wool. Customers looking to fit an awkward space or match a particular palette should also plan to visit Bach and Mendívil's design studio in Recoleta (Arenales 1321), where specialists can help create a custom piece (there are over one hundred plant and mineral-based dyes from which to choose).

Merchandise at Fueguia 1833 Laboratorio de Perfumes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fueguia 1833 Laboratorio de Perfumes

Julián Bedel's wonderfully poetic perfumería is dedicated to the memory of his ancestors – wayfaring writers and naturalists who left their mark on the world. His collections, which feature wild-crafted Patagonian botanicals, speak to his country's history and its legends, with blends named for 19th-century explorers, endangered species and literary heroes. Each fragrance has its own transportive alchemy and its own unique narrative, and – for the benefit of customers who may not be familiar with the importance of el azar (chance) in Borges' work or the Jesuit ruins swallowed by rainforests in Misiones – comes with the story of its inspiration enclosed. Perfumes and candles are wrapped in antique maps and packaged in boxes hewn from salvaged wood by carpentry students in Patagonia.

Interior View - Havanna, Buenos Aires, Argentina


After a day or two in BA, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with Argentina’s second most popular food (after beef)— dulce de leche. Havanna sells some of the city’s best caramel-like spread by the jar as well as boxes of alfajores, small wafer sandwiches filled with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate. Although the brand can be found in the U.S., boxes of Havanna’s famous alfajores and jars of dulce de leche are the perfect BA-themed gifts for family and friends back home.

Merchandise at La Casa de las Botas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Casa de las Botas

For a true made-in-Argentina accessory, shop for leather riding boots at La Casa de las Botas. The best polo players and royalty have long purchased these exquisitely made boots, but they are so stylish that they can be worn with skinny jeans or leggings.

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Interiors at Marcelo Toledo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Marcelo Toledo

Just off Plaza Dorrego, the square that serves as ground zero for the San Telmo market, in a discreetly marked townhouse is the showroom of master gold and silversmith Marcelo Toledo. The gallery-like space showcases his exquisite handmade pieces, including impressive sets of steak knives, gorgeous candlesticks and carafes and vases with inlays of onyx and intricate carvings as well as unique cigar holders. The bamboo collection of tall vases and silverware and the woven silver line collections are particularly memorable, so if samples are not out be sure to request to see them. Even if you do not intend to buy a new set of silverware, you will be sorely tempted by the artisanship on display. Among the smaller pieces are pins of flowers and leaves and men’s cufflinks and ornate belt buckles. Custom pieces can be ordered as well but may take months for delivery.

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