Shop like a Porteno in Buenos Aires

No vacation of mine is complete without some retail therapy. I am one of those OCD people that just HAVE to shop when I travel. A memento or {few} of good times had. After years of bringing back junk, and sometimes paying $$ for excess baggage, I have become more selective of what I spend my money on and where. Instead of trinkets found in touristy shops,  I have started to shop for unique collector items created by local designers. Shop where the locals shop.

For a style + budget conscious globetrotter like me, shopping in Buenos Aires was just what my wardrobe needed and wallet allowed. The portenos love sporting their local designers. Who wouldn’t? A stroll around the neighborhood of Palermo Soho and Belgrano will introduce to many lovely boutiques that until recently supplied to European fashion house. Many still do. Since it’s fall in Argentina right now the collections were mostly fall/winter ’09, I got mostly accessories. My fav store is Prune. I love their leather handbags and belts. Here is the line up of designers/ boutiques you must visit on your trip to BA.

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Palermo Soho, Belgrano {neighborhoods} and Patio Bullrich {mall} house most of these fashion stores. Look for the “tax free” sign to save more $$.

Prune, Rapsodia, Tucci, Wanama, Chocolate, Ayres, Allo Martinez, Paula Cahen D’ Anvers, Kosiuko

images: MDH and stores