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 …

Border Shopping: Argentina, Chile Lure Bargain-Seekers Next Door

Patrick Archer arts & entertainment, lifestyle, tourism

Favorable exchange rates and the prospect of snatching up cheaper everything from laptops and lingerie to tablets and toys are prompting hundreds of thousands of Argentines and Uruguayans to make a run for the border with cash and credit cards in hand. Cronista has back-to-back features this week highlighting this Southern Cone shopping trend beginning with the droves of deal-seekers …

Buenos Aires Retail Vacancies Rising On Popular Streets

Patrick Archer buenos aires events, real estate

A growing number of retail outlets have closed their doors in the City of Buenos Aires this year due to higher rents and lower margins, according to a new report from the Buenos Aires Federation of Retail and Industry (FECOBA). The majority of the retail leases not being renewed this year were originally signed in 2010 or 2011 according to …

Louis Vuitton Takes One-Way Catwalk To Punta del Este

Patrick Archer lifestyle, real estate, tourism, uruguay

Last night, Louis Vuitton closed Paris Fashion Week with a collection that drew glowing reviews from the global fashion press. Closer to home, the iconic brand is sauntering down a one-way catwalk from the streets of Recoleta to the beaches of Uruguay. One week after closing the Buenos Aires store at Alvear and Ayacucho, Louis Vuitton is making the move …

Buenos Aires Shopping Centers Approach 100% Occupancy

Patrick Archer lifestyle, real estate, tourism

The only thing harder to find than a parking space in Buenos Aires may soon be retail space. “It’s almost impossible to rent space in a shopping center,” reads the headline in Andres Sanguinetti’s article in today’s Cronista. The piece focuses on retail sales, monthly rents and occupancy levels at some of the largest shopping centers in Buenos Aires, and …