Buenos Aires is a city filled with really, really good-looking people. While the fashionable and well-kept ladies garner much of the attention, it is well-known that the men are also not only handsome, but stylish and fashion-conscious. But there is one main difference when it comes to the dressing of genders, especially in Buenos Aires: selection.
Ladies have grown up shopping with various options. We can choose from a wide selection of quality clothes at any whim or fleeting trend. On the other hand, men have traditionally been provided the tiresome basics (think t-shirt and khakis) and told to make do with little selection. Nowadays, while there may appear to be many men’s labels to choose from, not all are viable options for finding quality or smart clothing. Here are our favourite men’s designers making handsome clothes for Argentines and visitors alike.
HermanosEstebecorena is brothers Alejo and Javier Estebecorena – two Argentines who know how to design sharp and practical clothing for the modern man. Their attention to detail and commitment to fine fabrics make for nice clothes; their tailoring makes for great clothes. It’s impossible not to sit admiring the cut and functionality of each piece – sporty jackets, fitted pants, basic t-shirts and an impressive line of boxers – which puts it a head above other designers in the market. The label as a whole exudes urban and comfort, something any fashionable man can get behind.
HermanosEstebecorena has two Palermo locations: El Salvador 5960 and PaseoAlcorta. For more information visit www.hermanosestebecorena.com.
ProyectoCuadrilla is the collective effort of several Argentine independent designers, namely Desastreria, Urenko, Li.torres, Decrisci, Ladrón de Guevara and Fernandomore. Each designer, with his or her own academic background, artistic style, and fashion sense, bring their own component to create this conceptual and androgynous clothing line ideal for a fashion-forward man. The result is a work of art in each piece of clothing, consistently playing with irregular proportions and unconventional construction. Layers upon layers express each individual effort that creates the whole. The flagship store TiendaProyectoCuadrilla opened just this May in Palermo and features lines from each of the designers as well as other notable independent labels from Buenos Aires.
ProyectoCuadrilla’s store TiendaProyecto is at Nicaragua 4519. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/proyectocuadrilla
Bolivia clothing for men really has nothing to do with Argentina’s northern neighbour, but much more to do with mixing preppy blazers with punky accents to make clothes for the gentleman who’s not afraid to show his fashionably feisty side. Looking for a pink tie or blue socks to match with that tailored plaid shirt? Look no further. Gustavo Samuelia, who designs the majority of the line, provides a refreshing take on clothes for the modern gentleman. Perhaps the story can be better told with a visit to their eclectic Palermo store, where diverse cultural icons – from 2-Pac to Woody Allen – hang from the walls and add to the label’s playful charm.
Bolivia can be found at Gurruchaga 1581, with several other locations throughout Buenos Aires and Argentina. For more information visit www.boliviaparatodos.com.ar