(Photo by Eduardo Amorim)
In the country of asados it is only natural that there be a booming leather industry too. We always get asked by visitors where the best places to buy are, so here is an overview!
Clothes and Shoes
There are many stores that specialize in leather jackets, belts, purses, shoes and more. The best known are Casa Lopez, that offers top-quality goods with tasteful classic designs, Lopez Taibo that specializes in shoes, Silvia Eisele for custom made leather designs, and Murillo 666 for leather jackets. Prune is also popular amongst women and offers a variety of clothing items, shoes, and bags. Find some more suggestions here.
Argentina is also renowned for its equestrian sports, especially polo, and is one of the world’s most important producers of leather accessories for riding such as stirrups, riding mounts, boots and more. The place to go for these items are “talabarterias”, where some also sell other leather items including clothing, wallets and more with a more local Pampas style design. Some of the best known are La Martina, Arandu and Jorge Canaves who specializes in saddles.
Rugs and Accessories for the Home
Another area in which leather and cowhides are very popular is in interior design. Lifestyle by Cara offers all kinds of leather designs for the home and, has an online store that ships everywhere. Cowhide Argentina also ships abroad and as the name implies specializes in cowhides and leather patchwork rugs. Eugenio Aguirre offers gorgeous designer furniture in which he mixes leather with wood.