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As stylish women in Buenos Aires, one of our most important accessories is our men. We are lucky enough to live in a city with some of the most handsome, charming gentlemen on the planet, but let’s not forget to keep them well-dressed. Although BA provides very few quality options for menswear, the ones that exist are guaranteed to make your man happy.
By far the most original menswear line in BA, Henky Penky brings high style to the street like no other label in the city. Designer Lautaro draws from his hip hop skater roots and delivers a line filled with options for men of any age who want to bring out their inner cool and explore a brand that’s built for a sporty, comfortable lifestyle. The collection embraces color in touches of violet and coral, but black is also a hallmark of Lautaro’s label. Henky Penky’s pieces are marked by thoughtful details such as zippers that go all the way up to protect your man fully from the cold and even back zippers that allow him to layer two different jackets at the same time. The upcoming summer collection will feature comfy tees and hoodies in vibrant colors, jeans, and even some sneakers, all emphasizing clean lines and classic warmth. HP is haute couture for the
average guy wanting to look good without trying too hard.
For a skater look on a larger scale, stop by Route 66 on Gorriti 4738 in Palermo. The immense store is packed with menswear for different lifestyles, from rock ‘n’ roll to biker to skater and cowboy. Although originally a foreign brand, Route 66 is now owned by an Argentine, and its popularity is growing in the local market. The racks are studded with tons of jeans, plaid button downs, hooded windbreakers, warm winter sweaters, and of course the classic button down. There’s also plenty of cotton tees if your bf is into a more casual look. If you’re in the market for a complete outfit, Route 66 is a great one-stop shop, as they also have a shoe line comprised of the classic cowboy boot and several sneaker styles. Although some of the accessories, such as belts and chains, are a bit cheesy, Route 66 is a good overall option for the laid-back but style conscious man.
For your next formal cocktail or event, you wouldn’t want your guy to enter the party looking anything less than elegant. If you’re searching for the classic suit or a sexy blazer, Etiqueta Negra (Patio Bullrich: Posadas 1229, or Honduras 4870 in Palermo) is the ultimate in high end menswear. Their fabrics are top of the line, as are the prices, but for a special event it’s well worth the expense. All the looks are neutral and classy, so you can’t go wrong. Although it is originally Argentine, this luxurious brand is now international, with stores in both Miami and New York, as well as several locations worldwide. It also boasts a womenswear collection designed by my personal favorite, Paula Cahen D’Anvers, who sold her namesake brand in 1998 and moved on to form an essential part of Etiqueta Negra’s staff. When it comes to quality and style, this label is a standout in BA.
Naturally, a gentleman’s outfit would not be complete without a great pair of kicks. The street Gurruchaga in Palermo SoHo offers two shoe stores worth checking out. On the more casual end, Agua Patagona at Gurruchaga 1477 stocks a sizable collection of sneaks in neutral colors such as light brown and black. They’ve also got a rack of more versatile pairs that can be dressed up if necessary. The leather is flexible and durable, so these shoes are made to last.
Just down the block from AP at Gurruchaga 1538, Satori is well-known for their high quality, detailed work. Each shoe is named, so just in case your hubby goes by Daniel, Nicolas, or Matias, looks like you’re in luck. The sneakers at Satori elude casual cool, and are hip without being over the top. Some of the styles match the man with a preppier overall look, while others give off that rugged vibe so many guys are rocking today. The women’s line is also unbelievably comfy and cute, so while you’re in the store, sneak a peek at the collection for the ladies.
As much as we love our boys the way they are, it can’t hurt to spice up their closets with a few new essential pieces. From clothes to shoes, BA’s got great options for our men of style, so get out there and have some
fun ladies. You know he secretly loves it.
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