Bettina Rizzi

Located just off Calle Florida, Bettina Rizzi has been churning out leather clothing for two decades. Don’t be put off by the bland interior, fluorescent lighting and racks of uninspired ready-made furs, belts and leather goods; the shop’s skilled tailors can custom-make jackets, pants, skirts and blazers in just about any design and color you’d like.

Apparels at Bolivia, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Designer Gustavo Samuelian sells his hip and funky men’s designs at Bolivia. The boutique is a fun place for browsing; its walls are decorated with photographs from all over the world.

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.

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Etiqueta Negra

Widely recognized for its stylish men’s suits, casual wear and boots, this dark-wood-decorated fashion emporium now stocks a small selection of conservative staples—blouses, sweaters, jackets, shoes and accessories—for women.

Shoes at Guido, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Another great Argentine leather store, Guido carries men’s and women’s shoes and accessories, including great cowhide weekend bags and suede moccasins (in children’s sizes as well). The main branch is in the Recoleta, but there are now outposts all over South America.

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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Interior View - La Martina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Martina

The ultimate temple to Argentina’s love of polo, La Martina glorifies the game of polo and its accompanying lifestyle; the store is also the official supplier to Argentine polo teams and to the Federation of International Polo. In the flagship store and the various branches around the city, you will find rooms that are styled with the same flair for which Ralph Lauren is known in his shops. Silver trophies and bowls filled with player-signed polo balls sit atop antique wooden tables. Worn boot bags are propped next to huge leather club chairs, so you might mistake the scene for a gentleman’s club if it weren’t for all of the stacks of jeans, polo shirts and sweaters piled so seductively for sale. In addition to the official team jerseys and polo equipment on display, you can create your own gear; it’s possible to design everything from personal team shirts to a custom crocodile saddle or polo boots if you like. There are also locations throughout the city, including in the Patio Bullrich shopping complex in Recoleta.

Merchandise at Lopez Taibo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Lopez Taibo

One of most respected leather shops in B.A., Lopez Taibo has been run by the same family for four generations. Established in 1897, Lopez Taibo has a few locations, including one just kitty corner to the Alvear Palace, where you can find classic leather and suede shoes, belts, bags and jackets at prices that are about a quarter of what they would cost in the U.S. or Europe. There are also wonderful crocodile bags and belts and suede jackets for men and women. The styles are very traditional, and the quality is excellent.

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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