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Fashionistas looking to sink their teeth into Buenos Airesâ€™ local design scene (and put a sizable dent in their bank account) should make a beeline for the cityâ€™s hipster Palermo district and check out these trendy boutiques.
Best For Boho Chic
Local designer Nadine Zlotogora is highly regarded by the cityâ€™s fashion elite for her unique, boho chic aesthetic that she applies to menâ€™s, womenâ€™s and childrenâ€™s clothing. Experimenting with different fabrics, embroidery and textures, her designs have a whimsical charm. Her very feminine, layered dresses are a particular standout. Although some pieces are a little off the wall, her collections, for the most part, are very wearable and her rustic-style boutique is beautifully appointed. She also designs an assortment of pretty homeware.
Nadine Zlotogora, El Salvador 4638, tel: (+54 11) 4831 4203, www.nadinezlotgora.com
Best For Cutting-Edge Design
This bright, airy atelier-style boutique showcases the collections of some of the coolest home-grown designers in the country. Find funky jewelry, home furnishings, stationery, books and clothing. There is also a selection of contemporary art for sale and the space holds regular exhibitions as well as film nights in their cool, leafy courtyard outback.
Fabro, Nicaragua 4677, tel: (+54 11) 4831 8723, www.fabrolab.com
Best For Making a Statement
Girls with a kooky sense of fashion will find something for their wardrobe at Dam. The quirky local designer makes one-off threads out of loud, colourful fabrics, ranging from cartoonish prints to 70s florals. The collection features 50s style dresses, skirts, pants, shirts and even colourful underwear. Thereâ€™s a selection of wacky accessories to match.
Dam, Honduras 4775, tel : (+54 11) 4833 3935, www.damboutique.com.ar
Best For Fabulous Heels
With such an abundance of leather shoe boutiques in the Palermo hood, indeed in the whole of the city, itâ€™s hard to know where to look for a good pair of leather shoes. For something chic, colourful and oozing with sex appeal, check out Lucila Iottiâ€™s small yet very on-trend collection. The designer works with leather, patent, suede, satin and vinyl for very feminine footwear, from evening strappies to smart stiletto boots. Some of her designs even appeared in the Sex & the City movie.
Lucila Iotti, Malabia 2212, tel : (+54 11) 4833 0206, www.lucilaiotti.com
Best For When it Rains
When it rains, it pours in Buenos Aires and Seco has all you need in the way of stylish attire to protect yourself from the rain and look cute as a button at the same time. Their collection features a range of dinky, colourful rain boots, umbrellas and reversible rain macs that come in a range of shapes and styles from cutesy floral and heart motifs to animal print patterns. One trip to Seco and youâ€™ll be praying for rain for an excuse to wear your new purchases. On brighter days, you can sport their leggings, T-shirts and other trendy accessories.
Seco, Armenia 1646, tel: (+54 11) 4833 1166, www.secorainwear.com
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