I have not stumbled across any excellent tailors here although I also have not specifically sought one out. I presume you mean one who does a large business making suits from scratch. My take on this city from browsing the better menÂ´s stores is that the better suits are Italian rather than made here. The largest segment of the population in Buenos Aires is Italian, with Spanish (not mestizo) following closely behind, so this makes sense culturally and maybe satorially. There may be some great tailor here but I just donÂ´t know. My web searches before I arrived only led me to shops that can at best do made-to-measure from Italy from manufacturers that I have never heard of. I suspect this isnÂ´t another Hong Kong. I think Argentina does particularly well with leather products. There are certainly a lot of junk, poorly-constructed leather products just like youÂ´d find nearly anywhere else. But there are also some high-end shops that I think equal the best anywhere. Rossi & Caruso http://www.rossicaruso.com/
King Carlos and the Queen of Spain, the Crown Prince of Japan, and Prince Phillip of Great Britain all shop here and have photos on the wall. Quality is top notch. Peso devaluation has made this store a relative bargain. Top-of-the-line luggage in long-grain leather is AR$1,200, about US$400. I think something similar at Louis Vuitton would be about US$1,400. The price for a 3/4-length jacket is about the same. They also sell riding boots (trying to keep this post on topic, lol). Remember, this is the land of the gaucho. Great wallets and belts too. Think US$25 for the best quality wallet youÂ´ve seen anywhere, in my opinion. Casa Lopez http://www.casalopez.com.ar/
This is a larger store. Their products are more fashion-forward compared to Rossi & Caruso which is very traditional. I think they are particularly strong with leather products for women like handbags. Buy your gifts for your lady(s) here and go to Rossi for yourself. The sales people will come at you like bad used car salesmen and push just a bit too much. I tend to avoid this place as a matter of principle. Guido Mocasines http://www.guidomocasines.com.ar/
IÂ´ve looked everywhere for great Argentine shoes. Other than Lopez Taibo, the other old-time producer that I know of is Guido Mocasines and this name was recommended to me as I asked around. However, I saw mostly "average" quality leather and construction here. Their loafers (i.e. mocasines) had glue residue coming out from where the uppers meet the sole. They donÂ´t have that "gravitas" that you get when you pick-up up a JM Weston or other quality loafer, for example. Instead, I thought of current model Bass Weejuns. Well, maybe not even that good. No offense Bass owners. I just expected more. I gather this company has a case of Brooks Brothers syndrome and once made better product. I believe their best dressy loafers are about AR$240, roughly US$80. I donÂ´t think this is any bargain. The more casual loafers are about AR$150, about US$50. I canÂ´t tell you how many leather shops there are in this city. IÂ´ve seen a number of small leather boutiques targeting mostly women with cutting-edge fashion-forward product in all the colors of the rainbow and probably good quality. There are also many so-called leather factories pushing mediocre product, including shoes, on the unsuspecting tourists, many of whom stroll the long Av. Florida pedestrian shopping thoroughfare and other places that tourists congregate. I almost forgot to mention, I bought the dark brown cap-toe brogues today. I noticed that each pair in the same size and style was slightly different, having little quirks. The salesperson said thatÂ´s because they are substantionally hand-made. I picked the one with the best "personality" and called it a day. IÂ´ll post photos in a few weeks when I return home and you all can critique, if you like. I know these arenÂ´t John Lobbs or Edward Greens. I bought some chocolate suede plain-toe bluchers and honey-colored monkstraps last week so weÂ´ll have a variety to look at (and hopefully not laugh at, lol). -Ed p.s. I think IÂ´ve read every shoe post on this forum. Fascinating. Also thank you for adding "shoe porn" to my vocabulary.