Monday, November 26, 2012

The Best of BA Bags

Photo: Anne Bonny Facebook

Sometimes it seems as though there are an unlimited amount of stylish items for sale in Buenos Aires. Strappy sandals, shiny rings, leather jackets, and elegant dresses are just a few of my favorites. However, there is one accessory that inspires my inner fashion diva, one that I simply cannot live without. A classic purse. Luckily, BA is one of the best cities in the world for bag shopping. The combination of rich Argentine leather and creative design makes this city the capital of the handbag.

Although it’s almost impossible to choose amongst the array of fabulous designers, when it comes to a bag that’s trendy but durable, I adore Anne Bonny. Imagine accessories like goat hair, tassels, ropes, and quilted leather, available in a variety of colors including red and blue. Anne Bonny is the ultimate in high fashion and impeccable quality. The new spring/summer collection is particularly eye-catching, with designs inspired by the movies of illustrious Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar. Look for touches of tiger print in these limited edition purses, and get there fast if you’re lusting for a bag. There are only ten available of each piece in the new collection.

Just a quick walk up Malabia from Anne Bonny and you can find the showroom of Maria Mor. I fell in love with this line when I first laid eyes on a smooth brown leather tote. Needless to say, I was hooked. However, it’s not just her tote that is unforgettable. Designer Natalia has created a diverse collection of colorful bags in all sizes and finishes. In her showroom, you’ll see traditionally shiny leather, as well as a delicate matte that’s a perfect match for jeans and a tee. Furthermore, her line certainly does not lack color.  One of her standouts is a hot pink petite bag with a chain strap a la Chanel. Love at first sight.

If you like color as much as I do, head to the Belgrano showroom of designer Maria Caldas. Each bag is lined on the inside with a variety of prints, from floral to tiger. Thus, even if you’re sporting a traditional black bag, it unzips to reveal a bright interior. The hallmark of Maria’s line is her young, hip design aesthetic, evidenced by her extensive use of tassels, zippers, bows, and buckles. Additionally, expect to find bags in every color from yellow to bright red. The service at Maria Caldas is also impeccable, and I couldn’t resist the charm of her heart shaped coin purse as a free gift with your new purchase. With her fun and versatile style, it’s hard to leave Maria Caldas empty handed.

New on the fashion scene, yet already incredibly successful, the designers behind Faustina bags and more have brought their New York style sense to Buenos Aires. The details at Faustina include gold studs and clutches featuring ruffled leather accents in colors like light pink and whimsical green. According to the two designers behind this line, their purses are directed towards the modern woman, who is independent, elegant, spontaneous, creative, and above all, chic. If this sounds like you, stop by their Recoleta showroom and find the perfect purse for your adventurous lifestyle.
The availability of beautiful bags in Buenos Aires is almost overwhelming, and it’s nearly impossible to choose just one. Nevertheless, you’re guaranteed to find exactly what you want at any of these amazing showrooms. Next time you walk out the door to take on your busy day, don’t leave home without a classic BA bag.

Your BAShopGirl

Anne Bonny: El Salvador 4719
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Maria Mor: Malabia 587 6F
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Maria Caldas: [email protected]
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