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Indulge in a spot of retail therapy without the post-shopping guilt at this innovative store. The bright, beautiful handicrafts on offer at Parceria Carioca are made by young people from local favelas (slums), as well as by various NGOs and cooperative organizations. The profits are invested in community projects, and the handicrafts are so appealing that you'll have little trouble making your own financial contribution.
Situated in Copacabana, Santa Clara 33 is a shopping center that houses as many as 200 factory outlets. Named for the street on which it is located, this center is known mostly for beachwear and fitness clothing. Maria Moda and Bebê Carioca are two of the stores located here.
For handcrafted jewelry that stands out from the crowd, look no further than Sara. Established in 1977, the famed boutique is one of the city's best bets to find something stunning and unique to accentuate your wardrobe's treasures. From elegant and classical designs to cutting edge modern pieces, the boutique caters to pretty much every taste. If watches are your thing, the store has some of the best brands on offer from Rolex and Hublot to Cartier and Breitling. With huge following among the rich and famous, Sara is one of the city's most respected jewelers.
Diamond, gold and platinum jewelry is something that we have all heard of. But a neck-piece or a bracelet made of tree barks and seeds is something definitely strange. However bizarre that may sound, the final product looks absolutely gorgeous. The brand Maria Oiticica does just that. It makes natural items look spectacular in the form of jewelry. All these elements, which contribute to making a beautiful piece of jewelry, come from the Amazon. Colorful earrings, vivid neck pieces, cute little rings and bracelets are some that you would go gaga over. Just pick up a chunky piece of jewelry to complement your outfit and you are good to go. A selection from their collection makes for a great gift for your special lady.
This is a chain of traditional jewelers, with several branches in Rio. Following the trends in international design from Europe and the U.S., Amsterdam Sauer offers some of the best fine jewelry in the country. Efficiency, precision and creativity are their claim to fame. Services like valuation, alterations, antique jewelry restoration and cutting and polishing of raw gems are also available. Amsterdam Sauer also has a museum which is a part of the store. This museum boasts of having over 3000 gems, some of which are very very rare. Take a trip down the museum along with guide booklets and get yourself acquainted with the precious world of gems and stones.
What began as an experiment to revamp a college backpack, has now led acclaimed designer Gilson Martins to heights of glory. A designer bag brand, Gilson Martins is known for its stylish looks and affordable prices. All the bags created under this brand have been inspired by Brazil with a selection for men and women. Just drop by at this store and pick up a trendy bag.
Cantao is a brand that is synonymous with elegance, vibrancy and color. Started in 1967 by Leila Baretto and Peter Simon, this women's brand has come a long way. Without losing its essence and ethnicity, the brand has improved every year. Perfect fit jeans, maxi gowns, cute printed summer dresses, bikinis, shoes and accessories - you name it and you will find it here. The spectacular collection that they come up with has landed them into Fashion Rio where they have been showcasing since 2005. With over 44 stores in Brazil and branches in Spain, Australia, USA, Portugal, UAE and Japan, Cantao is a favorite among women worldwide.