HUNTING FOR LEATHER IN BUENOS AIRES

THREE MUST PEEK LEATHER SHOPS

ARANDÚ: THE LEATHER DEPARTMENT STORE

@ Ayacucho 1924, Recoleta

A ‘must-stop’ even if you do not shop. Most capitals in the world have its emblem store, Liberty in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Arandú in Buenos Aires. There are several boutiques, but the three stories building in Ayacucho 1924, steps away from the Recoleta cemetery, is the one you must go to.

Arandú is a talabartería, which translation is something in between a saddlery, harness-marker’s and a leather-goods shop. Not only you will find horse riding, polo and hunting gear but also beautifully crafted objects in silver and alpaca ranging from a key chain to a chandelier. You will also find clothes for men, women and children, the ones Argentineans really wear when they go to the campo (farm): bombachas de campo (pants), alpargatas (canvas slip-ons), boots and more.

 

CALZADOS CORREA: THE BEST SHOE STORE

@ Mario Bravo 750, Palermo

Located in the heart of Palermo and started in 1955, it is the place for men’s shoes. Girls, do not worry, across the street there is women’s boutique too! Quality and materials are both excellent, and even though the price ranges on the expensive side it is worth the cost.

The boutique in Mario Bravo used to be the factory, that it why it seems ‘away from everything’ but it definitely keeps its essence.

 

LAS TRES O: A TYPICAL LEATHER SHOP

@Libertad 1214, Recoleta

A lot less impressive but a lot more local! Las Tres O is another talabartería where locals from Recoleta shop and take their pieces in leather for repair. Do not miss its boots in capybara leather or beautiful bags very Hermès style.

All talabarterías are great places for finding souvenirs from Argentina. Like a nice belt, a key chain, or a pair canvas slip-ons for kids.