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For leather goods –
  • Mayorano (Ave. Alvear 1824 in Recoleta, Tel: +5411 4804 2398) – for classic designs including a replica of the sought-after Hermes Birkin, this boutique is a must. trendy leather jackets, skirts and small items are also available.
  • Cappio (Ave. Alvear corner Callao in Recoleta) – two doors down from Mayorano, t.his boutique copies designs of the season’s IT bags. On my recent visit, they had the YSL Muse and Downtown and the Chanel slouchy bag
  • Humawaca (Posadas 1380 in Recoleta and El Salvador 4692 in Palermo Soho) – trendy leather goods accentuated by cowhide, best for chic laptop bags and funky designs.
  • De Maria (Libertad 1655 in Recoleta, Tel: +54 11 4815 5001) – Handmade trendy shoes
  • Lopez Taibo (Ave. Alvear cor. Ayacucho) – traditional styles but good-quality leather, great for men’s shoes and women’s jackets.
  • Guido (Quintana 333 in Recoleta, Tel:+54 11 4811 4567) – handmade leather shoes for men and women, the styles are very traditional but the quality is exceptional. The Quintana branch is housed in a period building with wooden interiors worth a visit.

For clothes –

  • Evangelina Bomparola (Quintana 20 in Recoleta, Tel: +54 11 4814 2553) – stylish simple designs that last for seasons. Expensive but worth the price.
  • Tombolini – (Patio Bullrich) an Italian brand that has both imported and locally-made suits, also has a women’s collection.
  • Paula Cahen D’Anvers (in most shopping malls plus a big, shiny new store in Palermo Viejo) – classic preppy wear with a twist in a palette of black, white, grey and beige similar to Paris’ Vanessa Bruno There is also a children’s line. Not cheap but quality is good.

For personalized cards and stationery –

For guided tours –

  • Eternautas – historical and cultural tours with a knowledgeable guide, the City Walk tours are especially entertaining.

For lodging –

  • ApartmentsBA – we rented a very well-located apartment in Recoleta through this company. Great selection of furnished and reasonably-priced short-term rentals.

N.B. Check out the official Buenos Aires tourism website for must-sees around the city.


P.D.  Nov. 2009 –  Sadly, both MAYORANO and EVANGELINA BOMPAROLA have closed.

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4 thoughts on “My Little Black Book: Buenos Aires

  1. Thanks for the update!You're right that Evangelina Bomparola has moved to Avenida Alvear.Another change is that Mayorano has now closed down.

  2. Anonymous says:

    An update – I was just in BA for three months and Evangelina Bomporola is open – on Avenida Alvear in the block closest to Recoleta cemetary – on the same side as, and in between, Hermes and Louis Vuitton.

  3. Frederik says:

    Hi there!I can also make a recommendation as regards apartments for rent.I rented a furnished apartment in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, near the down town. I suggest that service called ForRent Argentina: Buenos Aires apartments For Rent.Cheers, Fred

  4. Anonymous says:

    I can also recommend Buenos Aires Housing. In two visits, I have had excellent personalized service and many recommendations when i rented with them! Many of the same restaurants featured in this gourmet blog! http://www.buenosaireshousing.com.ar Dave

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