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Buenos Aires shopping

Shopping in Buenos Aires remains a good bet despite the wildly oscillating Argentine economy. Although the bargain-basement prices are rapidly disappearing, the city remains a great place to score funky designer items, hand-crafted jewelry, and products made from leather, silver, and wood. Leading stores offer international shipping, while several outlets collate objects from dozens of individual designers, offering everything from candlesticks and cowhide sofas to glass-and-ceramic vases and mirrors framed in untanned leather.

The old-world-elegant Recoleta neighborhood has the big-name international labels. But to get a real taste of Argentine fashion, head to Palermo Viejo for one-off, made-to-measure items and boutiques that capture the subtle mix of Parisian chic and rocker edge that defines Buenos Aires style. Good bargains can still be found for hand-made polo boots, leather-and-goatskin tango shoes, and fine furniture, in addition to 20th-century home accessories, particularly from the Art Deco period. A plethora of stores offer ponchos, saddle wear, and maté gourds; others sell indigenous design and home furnishing from Argentina's interior; some go one step further, using traditional materials and forms to more modern ends. One word of warning: After-sales service does not exist in Argentina, so make doubly certain you're happy with workmanship, size, and color before paying.

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Grand Cru, Buenos Aires

Just down the street from the Alvear Palace Hotel, Grand Cru is the toniest wine merchant in the toniest barrio of Buenos Aires. The atmosphere here is low-key...more

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Jackie Smith, Buenos Aires

It's easy to spot a new customer at this extravagant women's accessories shop: Even the most fashion-averse judder to a halt within seconds, eyes bulging...more

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Mandarine, Buenos Aires

Most of the colorful leather shoes, bags, and belts at Mandarine are made in the factory at their shop on Calle Honduras, and represent an excellent value for...more

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Mishka, Buenos Aires

Cult favorite Mishka sells self-styled "shoes for princesses." The fanciful, handsomely made designs focus on unusual heel shapes, striking textures, and...more

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Pasión Argentina

B.A. abounds in stores offering ponchos, leather saddle wear, and maté gourds crafted from silver. Fair Trade advocate and expert clothing designer Andrea...more

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Patio Bullrich, Buenos Aires

Perhaps the ritziest of B.A.'s over-the-top shopping centers, Patio Bullrich was originally a livestock auction house, and dates back to 1867. These days, the...more

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Puntos en el Espacio, San Telmo

These two San Telmo shops offer rack upon rack of original, affordable clothing and accessories by local designers for both men and women. You'll have a hard...more

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Tramando, Buenos Aires

Once partnered with designer Jessica Trosman, Martín Churba went on to make his name manufacturing iconoclastic plastic- and paint-splattered textile...more

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Trosman, Buenos Aires

Dedicated to smashing her way through conventional clothing design, Jessica Trosman relies on exotic materials to charm and shock, splattering a discordant...more

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