Mmmm LOVE that Smell!!

Mmmm! Don’t ya just love the smell of leather? Good quality leather!

Don Pedro de Mendoza established a small settlement on a site in the country of Argentina that would later become Buenos Aires. Trapped between vast empty plains and the Atlantic ocean, the colony was soon abandoned, as were the cattle that the settlers had brought with them.

Forty-four years later again, in 1580, Juan de Garay re-established the settlement, and soon the new settlers discovered that the abandoned cattle, nourished by the abundant grass of the plains, had multiplied to such an extent that in around the year 1600 eyewitnesses enthusiastically described there being ‘millions of heads of cattle’ roaming the plains, or pampas. Ships rarely put into port, as in early colonial South America all goods were compelled to pass through Lima, Peru and as the residents became desperate to raise funds to increase their standard of living, they began to sell contraband, and expeditions soon set off to hunt the now wild herds for their hides… The Argentina leather industry was born.

We have been told by many people Argentina is THE place to buy leather goods. I have already picked up two pairs of Brazil leather boots and love them and so on this trip to Argentina, I wanted to make sure I picked up a really nice souvenir…another leather purchase! After all, if Argentina is the place to buy leather…

Lots of leather stores and boutiques
Prune Store- Argentine Design
Prune Handbags

There are many many places in Buenos Aries that sell good quality leather products. Some are little shops and others are elaborate boutiques. You can choose from an already made selection or have something custom made within 24 hours. It was so much fun browsing the different places, trying on the leather…just a lot of fun!

Checkin’ out different designs…what shall I get?
Love this new design! Maybe I will get one custom made for me 🙂

And…I have my souvenir or should I say souvenirs, and so does David!

Love my Argentina made leather jacket!!
Argentina design Prune leather purse and wallet…I am spoiled 🙂
Argentina leather shoes  but  Not so great with shorts and white socks 🙂

Did you know that Argentina uses Capybara for many of its leather products? Remember the large rodent that I saw down by the river here in Resende? Well in Argentina they use it to make boots, shoes, handbags, wallets, jackets, etc… It is beautiful to look at. But somehow I couldn’t see myself wearing a piece made from Capybara!

Capybara purses

Capybara boots and shoes
Cabybaras!
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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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