Within an hour of crossing the Brazilian boarder into Argentina; not even checked in yet and just about got some of the national currency; we came across these authentic buys.
These finely crafted handmade leather luxuries are far from the fast fashion culture back home. Yes, some bags can last a life time, especially those well made (and well looked after)- usually labelled kind of bags. But when such love and precision is put into making these unique bags; where no two are the same; and made by the very person selling them, they deserved to be kept forever.
As soon as you step over the threshold to browse the independent little store, you can smell the (real) leather in the air. Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of that smell or these particular type of leather bag, but I know a good purchase when I see one. The fine detail and fragility of each design is what gets one spotted and snapped for ‘street fashion’ purposes. They are different from each other, never mind every other bag out there. Not sold in bulk or mass made, they are defiantly a statement piece. As “alternative” as they are, when caught hanging on ones shoulder, it will more likely “make” and outfit, than it will “break” it. Still, as much as I adore them, admire the craftsmanship and am intrigued by there delicate designs, they are not me. Mainly because I just don’t think I could pull it off.
On the other hand, they are so cheap. Stepping over the boarder, anything and everything is cheaper here than in Brazil, but for what they are, how genuine they are, the love put into them and how much they would probably sell for at home; they are cheap! The type of merchandise sold “down the Bella” or a quirky little stall in Spitalfeilds market. I could make a killing with that profit margin, I could be one of those cheeky salesmen not budging on the price even though I know I bought it for less than half of its retail label. However, let’s just call that “plan B “. For now I’m enjoying the freedom and exploring the world (well South America that is) and plus I’m not even half way through my “Eat. Pray. Love” journey, so who knows what else I’ll embark on and what business ventures are yet to evolve.