Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea is a New York City-based graphic designer and an art director for fashion brands. Through her website Under Our Sky, she also works to promote her country’s designers. See what spots in her home city this Porteña recommends.
Place for a low-key dinner with friends: Guido’s Bar, in front of the Buenos Aires Zoo. A very typical bodegón (or tavern) with a very comfortable atmosphere. The best part is that you don’t need to order––they just bring you food until you’re full. So you can spend every minute just talking with your friends!
Place for a first date: Pagano Club Social, specifically at their outdoor table on the balcony. It’s a closed-door restaurant at a friend of mine’s house. This place is reservation only and a la gorra, which means you pay what you want!
Gallery: Galería Fiebre
Bookstore: Libreria El Ateneo on Avenida Santa Fe & Avenida Callao. It used to be a theater and now it’s a beautiful, big bookshop.
Place to shop: My favorite store is THEM––my sister just started this new brand and it rocks! Coming soon to Opening Ceremony!
Vintage store: For clothes I go to Juan Perez Vintage, whose windows never cease to amaze me. For furniture I love exploring San Telmo, you can find really nice stuff there, but you need to look hard and know what you’re looking for. A friend of mine found a Jackson Pollock painting there and just donated it to the Met. (The guy selling it had no idea what he had.) If you’re feeling adventurous, check a local newspaper for auctions in small towns in the countryside. You’ll be surprised what you can find out there!
Place for coffee: I’m not a big coffee fan, but Florencio in the La Isla area of the Recoleta neighborhood is French, chic, and tiny (with only five little tables).For tea, I love going to Villa Ocampo, which carries Ines Breton’s tea selection. This beautiful casona (or villa) in the suburbs of Buenos Aires is the great Latin American cultural figure Victoria Ocampo’s home. She was once described by Jorge Luis Borges as “la mujer la más argentina” (or the quintessential Argentine woman).
Place for choripan sandwiches: Next to the Galileo Galilei Planetarium on Avenida Sarmiento, there are a few trucks that sell the best choris!
Place for steak: Los Talas del Entrerriano is little far from the city but awesome. Otherwise, Antigua Querencia is also great.
Best alfajor cookie: The Dulce de Leche alfajores by the brand Havanna are my all-time favorites. The ones at Oui Oui, with half a kilogram of Dulce de Leche, are killer as well.
Weekend getaway: My family’s estancia is the best retreat. Punta del Este in Uruguay is also a stunning destination, even in the winter. There’s no one there––no cars, no people, no parties…
Barrio to spend your Sunday: The Tigre (the river delta) is beautiful, and spending the day outdoors is a must after a long week in the city.
Place for babe watching: I wish I knew!
The one thing you always bring back with you from visiting Argentina? Palitos de la Selva candies and Havanna Alfajores. They sell them at the airport, so I never forget!
GUIDO’S BAR - Republica de la India 2843 - map
PAGANO CLUB SOCIAL - Palermo neighborhood. Call +54 911 66 88 19 19 for address.
GALERÍA FIEBRE - Avenida Santa Fé 2729 - map
LIBRERIA EL ATENEO - Avenida Santa Fe 1860 - map
THEM - Malabia 9124 - MAP
JUAN PEREZ VINTAGE - Avenida Marcelo T. de Alvear 1439 - map
FLORENCIO - Francisco de Vittoria 2363 - map
VILLA OCAMPO - Elortondo 1837 - map
LOS TALAS DEL ENTRERRIANO - Av. Brigadier Juan Manuel de Rosas 1391 - map
ANTIGUA QUERENCIA - Yatay 602 - map
HAVANNA - Florida 525 - map
OUI OUI - Nicaragua 6068 - map
UnderOurSky Founder Shares her favorite spots in Buenos Aires for Opening Ceremony.
Photo by Florencia Franchini
Fileteado is a type of artistic drawing, with stylised lines and flowered, climbing plants typically used in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is used to adorn all kind of beloved objects, signs, taxis, lorries and even the old Colectivos, Buenos Aires’ buses.
Filetes (the lines in Fileteado style) are usually full of colored ornaments and symmetries completed with poetic phrases, sayings and aphorisms, both humorous or roguish, emotional or philosophical. They have been part of the culture of the Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) since the beginnings of the 20th century.*
This kind of artistic drawing has adorned the city of Buenos Aires for ages. Every bus, every taxi, and every local restaurant would be adorned with this beautiful drawings. This beautiful adornment technique started at the beginning of the twentieth century in Horse Carriages Factories. A few years later, this technique evolved in a sociocultural language with which messages where communicated throughout the city. Buses, restaurants, signs, they were all made with this technique.
During the 1970’s Argentina went through a military government which prohibited adornments in public transport. Nowadays, there’s very few original buses left.
Nowadays, there’s two big masters of the Fileteo I would say: Alfredo Genovese and Martiniano Arce. These two Porteños have mastered the technique for years and are now world known for their pristine work.
A few months ago Brian Philips from Frame Noir set up a meeting between Opening Ceremony’s Rory Satran and me (Sofia speaking). They told me OC was going to feature Argentinian designers (a lot of friends of mine among them! so proud!) for a year, launching it on Fashion’s Night Out. For this evening they wanted to create an Argentinian/Latin American themed event, to which I was pleased to contribute with various ideas… and here’s the first one: A Fileteado Porteño inspired Flyer. Here’s what they did: El Mercado de Carnaval
¡HOLA USA VS. ARGENTINA! by Gillian Tozer
There’s been Hong Kong, Brazil, Germany, the UK, L.A., Japan and who can forget France. Now, without further ado, estamos muy emocionados to announce Opening Ceremony’s featured country for 2012, ARGENTINA! Over the next year we will be bringing you the most exciting and beautiful things Argentina has to offer. From one-off mercado originals, to the best cafés in hidden barrios, travel tips and, of course, all the best mens and womenswear we found along the way. It’s going to be a magical year, and we just can’t wait to share it all!