Dree Hemingway joined Shop Latitude on our quest for authentic treasures from the world's best marketplaces. Our destination was Rio de Janeiro - land of sizzling hot bodies, tiny swimsuits, and the best 70s style fashion and architecture.
Our first stop was Ipanema's famed Feira Hippie Market. Only open on Sunday, this bustling market is ground zero for retro chic, a place where patchwork cowhide bean bags, macrame chairs, and feather earrings abound. Channeling her family's famous 70's fashion style, Dree wore a mash-up of classic boho picks for our shopping day.
"I love the eclectic mix of products at this market," Dree says. "My favorite look is to combine the old and new from around the world. Today, I wore an Indian peasant blouse, Preekka Greek sandals, and a mochila bag from Shop Latitude, with my beloved vintage suede skirt."
We spent hours strolling the stalls and munching on Cuscuz tapioca, a traditional Brazilian sweet. Sufficiently sated, we headed to the ultra-chic boutiques of Leblon, Rio's answer to New York City's West Village. After browsing at Poeira, a one-stop design mecca overflowing with a mix of pillows, poufs, and custom-designed surfboards, we wandered next door to Granado, where Dree exclaimed, "This is my favorite shop! It's a cross between Kiehl's and my favorite Italian brand, Santa Maria Novella. I'm in heaven."
Leblon is our favorite place to hang out in Rio. This leafy neighborhood feels like a glamorous village filled with the city's best low key restaurants and designer boutiques. The vibe is more West Village than Fifth Avenue. After you're finished shopping, plan to spend the afternoon munching on organic salad at one of the many outdoor cafes.
One of the oldest beauty brands in Brazil, this quaint shop is filled with artisanal soaps, creams, candles, and make up all wrapped in the chicest packaging.
R. Primeiro de Mar?o, 16 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20010-080, Brazil, +55 21 3231-6747, www.granado.com.br
This shop is Rio?s design mecca, featuring custom designs by owner Monica Penaguiao as well as Europe's best design sources.
Rua Dias Ferreira 480, 22431-050 Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, +5521 2580 05 13, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.poeiraonline.com/html/loja.asp
Bold printed dresses in an exclusive but beachy store enviorment.
Boutique Beach Hotel, Rua Dias Ferreira, 64, Sala 101, Leblon, 22431-050, +55 21 2512 3320, www.adrianabarra.com.br
Exceptional quality leather garments and homewares. The leather fringe belts and biker jackets are to die for!
Rua Dias Ferreira, 417/401 Leblon, 22430050, +55 21 25129467, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, email@example.com, www.patriciaviera.com/en/index.php
The best organic salad bar in the city, sit inside or out at this charming cafe.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 199, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, 22431-050, Brazil, +55 21 2274-7843, http://celeiroculinaria.com.br/
Those lucky enough to be in Rio on a Sunday can check out Ipanema's famed Feira Hippie Market. There, you will find reasonably priced cowhide rugs, retro chic bean bag chairs, and every style macrame bag, bikini, or bracelet you could hope for!
Praça General Osório, s/n, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20410-020, Brazil, +55 21 8746-10822