buenos aires shopping guide

Argentina's hauntingly beautiful capital is brimming with incredible shoes, gorgeous antiques, and chic small designer finds—and with such an insanely good exchange rate, everything's a deal.

Tramando

As one of Argentina's biggest fashion names, Martín Churba has developed quite a following for his cocoonish silhouettes and surreal photo-print textiles. Churba formerly had a line with Jessica Trosman (see below), and after their split, he opened this glass-walled shop to sell his line. The dreamlike aspect of Churba's garments extends to this space: Amorphous crocheted table lamps provide illumination, and the dressing-room curtains are screened to resemble plywood panels.
Rodriguez Peña 1973, 4816-9422/4811-0465, M-F 10:30 am - 8:30 pm, Sat 10:30 am - 7:30 pm, tramando.com

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Trosman

Anchoring one corner of Patio Bullrich is the flagship for Jessica Trosman's wildly popular line (she has another, less formal store in Palermo Soho). The concrete-accented, balconied space has a dark, dramatic feel that perfectly reflects the radical vibe of Trosman's garments, which include tactile halter tops covered in fused-plastic beads and slouchy, tissue-thin jersey tunics, each one dusted with Jackson Pollock-style paint flecks.
Armenia 1998, 4833-3058, M-F 9 am - 8pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Patio Bullrich 4214-7411, Paseo Alcorta Shopping Centre, trosman.com

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Zapatos de María

For the past two decades, María Conorti's family has been manufacturing shoes at their factory in the Pampas plains. Seven years ago, Conorti decided to make use of the facilities to launch her own line, which has become a certified hit. This season her feminine, slightly retro styles include perforated white patent-leather Mary Janes and grosgrain-accented wedge espadrilles. The shop also sells a small selection of jewelry by local names.
Libertad 1661, 4815-5001, zapatosdemaria.com.ar

Products: Shoes, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

San Telmo

The birthplace of tango—and once home to Buenos Aires' bourgeois class—this formerly lovely barrio went to seed for most of the 20th century. But a motley mix of antique-filled arcades and emerging-label boutiques is bringing the romance back. Lucky's favorite stores in Buenos Aires' San Telmo neighborhood!

Un Buen Orden

Luis Miguel Parma and Horacio Campillo regularly traverse Argentina, from the southern Patagonian plains up to the dusty highlands near the Paraguayan border, in search of all types of antiques—army medals, swaths of old lace, elaborate chandeliers-then stock their store with the spoils. Despite the shop's name (it translates to "The Good Order"), the way in which the merchandise is displayed is gloriously chaotic.
Defensa 894, no phone
Products: Accessories, Decorative/Lighting, Linen, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Consignment/ Resale

Pablo Ramirez

There's something mournful and dramatic about Ramirez's expertly tailored, gracefully understated garments—and it goes beyond the fact that nearly all of his designs come exclusively in white or black. A constant source of inspiration for Ramirez is the solemn look of nun's habits, and whatever the season, echoes of their simple lines and crisp details invariably turn up in his creations.
Ca 1190 1315, phone: 4815-5147, pabloramirez.com.ar

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Pasaje la Defensa

Perhaps the most atmospheric shopping destination in the entire city, this antique-vendor-filled retail arcade, located in the 19th-century former Italianate townhouse of a once-prominent local family, is so stunning that you have to keep rubbing your eyes to make sure it's real: Beautiful crocheted bedspreads drape from curlicue iron railings; velvet-upholstered furniture is scattered through the many Portuguese-tiled, fountain-filled courtyards; and various salons and sitting rooms are occupied by dealers proffering everything from old silver flatware to semiprecious jewelry.
Defensa 1179, no phone

Products: Jewelry, Accessories, Antique, Furniture, Linens, Tabletop
Type of Store: Boutique

Puntos en el Espacio

One continuous rack snakes around the perimeter of this slick shop, and it's divvied up into dozens of separate sections, each one dedicated to the work of a different rising designer. It's difficult to spend more than $50 on any one piece; we were obsessed with Esoteria's batwing-sleeved jersey tunics and the bright, laminated-cotton rain jackets by Oveja Negra.
Perú 979, 4307-1742, puntosenelespacio.com.ar

Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Wussmann

It's impossible not to be impressed by this multidimensional stationery store. The soaring space combines grandiose old-fashioned elements (card-catalog-style drawers filled with luxe papers; a working antique in-store press) with witty, modern details, including a cutout in the floor that gives a peek of a cellar-level bookstore.
Venezuela 574, 4343-4707, Rodriguez Pena 1399, 4811-2444, wussmann.com

Products: Accessories, Books/Stationery, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Armando

Located between the tracks deep within the Tribunales subway station is Armando, a little-known custom-engraving kiosk we were tipped off to by an expat friend. Check it out for its elegant enameled Argentine address plaques—they'll turn one out for you in less than a week.
Casa Fundada 1938, 4371-9070

Products: Decorative/Lighting
Type of Store: Boutique
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