As everyone is tired of hearing, I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina this week, and since moving have been exhausted, still in pain from my sardine can of a flight, and very confused as to what the Argentine fashion scene looks like. One reason it’s harder to unearth than in NYC or Berlin is that Argentina has been in severe economic crisis for basically the entire past century, so the fashion industry has not been as high-priority or culturally potent as it is in other countries. This is reflected in the fact that most clothing in Argentina is so incredibly cheap on the “Dolar Blue,” the unofficial exchange rate of USD to ARS (Argentine pesos), that I have had to triple check prices many times in disbelief.
In this first impression of Argentine fashion, I’ve done some deep diving into the cool CABA (Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) kids’ Instagrams and found a few boutiques, artisans, and vintage stores that I either have already liked or plan to check out soon and review more thoroughly. I’ve listed prices in their current USD approximation (not on the Dolar Blue, on the official exchange rate, so a little less cheap but the rate one would have to pay for international purchase) and in ARS, because I hope some Argentines find my blog and report to me on Instagram or via email (email@example.com) where the real cool places a Yankee couldn’t discover even in 12+ hours of fervent research are located. If you have any questions about why I’m here, or live in CABA and want to hang out, contact me via the above routes!
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Unitivo – Bright, saturated colors that buzz together (their socks are the best deal, I got 3 pairs!)
Justa Petra – Miu Miu-esque buckled flats and deliciously shiny bags
Anushka Elliot – Breathtaking lacy dresses and cowboy-inspired clothes in great color palettes
Protesta – Pants printed with sick collages in innovative color combos
Low Low – Jersey or mesh loungewear printed with sea flora and fauna (translate their clothing descriptions, they’re well worth reading). I am going to try to buy some stuff from them soon!
Canela – More masculine bags in various styles (the mini “Envel” bags are the coolest, but the fanny packs have the best colors)
Mas Amor Interior – Well-structured and romantic pieces in both basic cotton and tasteful florals! This is where I’ll get underwear when I inevitably run out of laundry one day
Très – Brightly-colored undergarments that I thiiink can be used as swimwear, unless I’m mistaken?
Tienda Lelouch – A super solid selection, I’m excited to check it out and see how it measures up quality-wise!
Editado – The highest-end resale store I’ve found based in AR thus far, with the highest prices but some excellent curation skills at play
Rulos Vintage – I got a great deal on some accessories from Rulos and the person, Mariana, who met me to drop off the package was so lovely and kind! I look forward to ordering from them again. The below sandals are so reminiscent of Toga Pulla, for like 1/16 the price
Planeta Vintage – Some wild shapes and patterns that truly made my brain feel good
Mushi Stitch – I love the knit sleeves and the single-armed sweater situations (and it seems like the creator loves manga so that’s a huge plus)
Handmade by Mech – The color combos are impeccable, the quality looks amazing, and the designs aren’t tired or too trendy – I want the vest so badly!
Glaucus Blue – Anyone who makes Kurapika earrings gets a big stamp of approval from me
Chainss – Extremely affordable, simple, but perfect jewelry (I thought the key necklace was the perfect size to copy Tony Leung in Happy Together, the quintessential Argentina film [I’m kind of joking])
Eren – More simple pieces that drape perfectly (from what I can see in the photos)
MQM – I’ve never seen tattoo gun earrings before and these look sick!
J.J. – My favorite jewelry store so far, the colors, shapes, and designs of these pieces make me so happy. I love their use of baroque pearls
Muchas gracias por leer este blog, les mando mucho amor y inspiración desde Buenos Aires. Lo siento, apesto en español.