VanityBA: Argentina Footbal Hits A New Low At The Bombonera

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, buenos aires events, vanityba

Last night’s highly-anticipated match between crosstown rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors is being referred to by the local press this morning as “the worst of football” (La Nacion), “a historic laughing stock” (iProfesional), and “a national shame” . It’s one thing when your fans demonstrate their “passion” by destroying a downtown McDonald’s, but firing tear gas into the visiting team’s tunnel prior …

Global Fashion Brands Targeting South America, Still Avoiding Argentina

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, competitiveness, foreign investment, franchises, lifestyle, real estate, us companies

Four years removed from the mass exodus of Polo Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton and Escada from the streets of Recoleta, global fashion brands are once again targeting major South American metros with the notable exception of BA. “Foreign Clothing Brands Keep Avoiding Argentina” is the headline of Alfredo Sainz’s excellent piece in La Nacion charting the retail resurgence in neighboring countries and the extended fashion freeze in …

Las Cañitas Neighborhood Grows Up As The Nightlife Moves Out

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, buenos aires events, creative class, foreign investment, lifestyle, real estate

The popular Buenos Aires neighborhood of Las Cañitas is taking on more of a family feel as bars, boliches and restaurants leave the barrio once known for its culinary offerings and upscale nightlife. “Las Cañitas in Palermo used to be a required destination when choosing a complete outing including cocktails, dinner and a fashionable nightclub. Everything is so close, often …

Distrito Arcos: BA’s First Outdoor Premium Outlet Opens In Palermo

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, buenos aires events, foreign investment, franchises, lifestyle, real estate, tourism, vanityba

It was announced three years ago and ready to open with retail stores fully stocked and decorated several months ago, but political opposition and legal obstacles put the grand opening on hold. Now Distrito Arcos, Buenos Aires’ first outdoor premium outlet mall, is finally open to the public following the grand opening ceremony on Thursday. An appeals court ruled in …

New Palermo Premium Outlet One Step Closer To Overdue Opening

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, ba government, buenos aires events, lifestyle, real estate, tourism

A high-profile commercial real estate development in Palermo just moved one step closer to clearing an environmental hurdle which has postponed the project’s grand opening since last December. The City of Buenos Aires’ Environmental Protection Agency met yesterday to review the environmental impact study of the new Distrito Arcos, a US$60 million outdoor shopping and dining complex nestled between Palermo …