From Buenos Aires, with love…

October 19, 2012

"wooden toys"

My country obsession of the moment is Argentina.  I’ve wanted to visit for as long as I can remember and I’m finally going to Buenos Aires in January (yaay!).  To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement.  Of course I’m madly researching places to see, things to do and most importantly where to shop and eat.  It’s through this research I’ve discovered that not only does the food promise to be an absolute treat but the shopping too sounds amazing as there is some fabulous design coming out of Argentina for both big and little people.  One of my favourite Argentinian discoveries for kids has been these adorable crochet toys.  But now I’ve got another favourite… the wonderful Fanny & Alexander.

"wooden camera toy"

Fanny & Alexander is born out of the notion of good old fashioned play.  They believe that today there are too many battery operated toys, video games and other toys that don’t encourage the child to think for themselves.  So Fanny & Alexander wanted to go back to basics, to toys that encourage a child to be creative, to imagine, to make things up.  And that’s exactly what they’ve done by creating beautiful wooden toys, cute art and stationery, knitted clothes and leather shoes.  Their design is simple, minimal even but with plenty of warmth and lots of beauty.  They’ve chosen a very simple colour palette of natural wood, rusts and greys which just adds to the aesthetic appeal and the warmth.   Just look at those leather ballet shoes… how gorgeous are they?!  And those Llama’s eating their pyjamas… wonderful!  Luckily, they ship internationally so you don’t have to go to Argentina to get these goodies but since I am going,  I will definitely be knocking on Fanny & Alexander‘s door.

*Via Petit Poulou

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  • Soledad Romero

    hello I´m Soledad Romero from ENTRE RÍOS – ARGENTINA, very glad to know that you will visit our country next year.
    I always follow this blog, very interesting, shows a lot of handmade things.
    I like to know if you will visit other places from Argentina.

    • ebabee likes

      Thank you for your lovely words about my blog… so great to hear from you. I will email you about my Argentina plans.

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  • Sophie

    How stunning!!! I was just in Buenos Aires and I missed this gem!!!
    I love the aesthetic and the presentation is also great. Soooooo cuteee. Unfortunately they aren’t stocked in Portugal.

    • ebabee likes

      At the moment I think they’re only in Buenos Aires. Any tips for must see places/restaurants/shops in Buenos Aires? Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Sophie

    Overall I was quite disappointed with Buenos Aires, I feel it is over-hyped. The restaurants try too hard to be ‘trendy’ and neither the service nor the food is very good. The shopping was also a disappointment, the only place that caught my eye was the women’s designer Pablo Ramirez in the San Telmo area. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Fanny and Alexander, I would have loved to have visited the shop.
    Perhaps you will be more lucky!

    • ebabee likes

      That’s a shame. I have heard very good things about Buenos Aires so I am looking forward to it. But thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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