Most people instantly relate Argentina with great beef, leather, tango, wine and soccer; which is why one of the most common questions we get on our food tours is where to buy leather products in Buenos Aires. The tradition of producing leather goods in Argentina originates from the gauchos which began crafting leather in the 16th century in the Pampas around modern day Buenos Aires. Still to this day Argentina continues to produce some of the best leather in the world.
If you’re looking for the famous Argentine BKF leather chair:
One of the most famous contributions to 20th century design out of Argentina was the BKF chair, sometimes referred to ask the BKF butterfly chair outside of Argentina. The chair in its purest original form was made out of the same high end Argentine leather as polo boots. Designers and architects around the world love the BKF chairs produced by BIG BKF
, which ships their chairs worldwide if you don’t have space in your suitcase!
While knockoffs and low quality versions abound in Buenos Aires, your best bet for a leather rug is from Gaucho Workshop
, a collective of leather craftsmen in the Pampas founded in 1921 that make custom leather goods by hand. Available mainly online (ships by DHL) or at their small showroom open by appointment.
Leather bags and accessories
Avoid the shops on the well publicized Murillo street in Villa Crespo and head to either Casa Lopez
or Rossi & Caruso
for high quality leather goods. Both shops have a wide selection of leather goods including bags, belts, boots and accessories. Neither are going to be inexpensive, but the leather quality is among the best in the world.
Leather shoes for men
Great shops for both custom and ready to wear handmade mens leather shoes are Correa
. Both have excellent and stylish designs at prices lower than you might see for such quality in Europe or the United States.
One of Correa’s many models of leather shoes. Photo from Correa website