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Running to Rio de Janeiro for our Latest “Holiday Shopping Around the World” Gift Guide Installment

After visiting Athens, London, Paris, and Stockholm in our “Holiday Shopping Around the World” Gift Guide, we decided it was time to hop onto a warmer climate, and so we headed to Brazil! Today’s gift guide installment, then, features items inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s gorgeous landscape, the miraculous properties of the many beauty ingredients found in the Amazon, the city’s diverse architecture, and its booming fashion, art, and design scenes. Experience the thrill of Brazil for yourself!


Sobral Indiana Cobalt Necklace, $100. Available at SobralUSA.com

Rio de Janeiro native Carlos Sobral specializes in colorful, carnival-ready resin jewelry that conveys the colorful, vibrant, festive spirit associated with Brazil. The new Indiana cobalt blue necklace is no exception. Measuring 24″ in length, this handmade beauty features lightweight resin beads in multiple shapes —from marble-like balls to spiraling cones, grooved leaves, flattened diamond shapes, semi-circle forms, and jaunty cubes — threaded through a sturdy black cord.

Tarte Cosmetics Eye Catchers 6-Piece SmolderEYES and Skinny SmolderEYES Collector’s Set, $39. Available at Sephora.com

Not only are the colors in this eye liner set vibrant and richly pigmented, but they glide onto the skin easily, without the need for tugging at the delicate eye area, and they last hours on your lids, even withstanding rain showers. Each of the six eye pencils in this collection features a crayon-like tip and, on the other side, a built in sponge that allows you to diffuse, smudge, and blend the color for a smokier, more demure effect. Best of all, the liners contain Amazonian clay, which reduces surface oil, regulates the skin’s moisture level, and ensures that the hues remain vibrant and lustrous, resisting fading, creasing, and running. The Eye Catchers set contains five chubby SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners in the following shades: Champagne, Gunmetal, Rainforest Black, Gold, and Ash Violet. To complete the set, one skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner was added, this time in a versatile Onyx hue that allows you to delicately trace the lash line or create a dramatic cat eye with a smaller precision point.

Cubo Libre Coffee Table by Claudia Moreira Salles, price available upon request. Available at Espasso.com

A graduate of the Industrial Design School of Rio de Janeiro, Claudia Moreira Salles has been designing many of the pieces for the globally renowned, Brazil-based furniture and interior decor brand Etel Marcenaria since 1993. This modern coffee table illustrates her fresh new aesthetic — from its grid design, involving square-cut strips of wood finished with a veneer along the outer edges to create a sense of contrast and a play on shadow and light, to its interchangeable steel plates, which provide a flat surface on which to write down notes, place food and beverages, and more.  Get free with the Cubo Libre!

Tufi Duek Strapless Dress, $3400. Available at TufiDuek.com.br

Rio de Janeiro-bred fashion designer Tuki Duek has earned a following for his mastery of bold, tropical-flavored prints, with motifs ranging from neon-colored fruits to psychedelic flowers. This 100% silk strapless maxi dress strikes the right balance between psychotropic and prim, with a delicately draped bodice featuring a knotted detail and a flared maxi skirt with minimal ruching, as well as a watercolor-esque floral pattern.

Melissa Ultragirl x Jason Wu Ballet Flats, $135. Available at JildorShoes.com 

You may have tossed the jelly sandals you wore as a kid, but don’t dismiss plastic shoes as passé. Brazilian footwear brand Melissa has  been making plastic fantastic over the last decade, collaborating with such couture icons as Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier and, most recently, Jason Wu.  Each pair of Melissa shoes — be it wedges, booties, sandals, or ballet flats — is made of injection-molded melflex through a process that produces almost zero waste, making the manufacturing stage remarkably eco-friendly, plus they’re 100& recyclable. These princess-worthy ballet flats feature lace-printed Melflex uppers, in keeping with Wu’s Versailles inspiration for Fall/Winter 2012, along with a cushioned footbed and 3/4″ wedge heel.

Daniela Zagnolli Braided Leather Cuff, $130. Available at DanielaZagnolli.com

Brazilian jewelry designer Daniela Zagnolli finds inspiration in simple materials, often relying on simple materials like leather and wood, but breathing new life into them through cut-out details, basic brass studs and gold-plated trimmings, and the use of knotting and braiding techniques. Handmade in Brazil, this beige-toned leather cuff, features an intricately braided design that will make you think of everything from ocean waves to ancient scrolls, infinity symbols, and seismic waves.  TK TK

Olga Olsson Ayesha Printed Swimsuit, $328. Available at MatchesFashion.com

You and your friends may be wishing for a white Christmas but, come February, chances are you’ll be ready to hop on a plane to a tropical location. Prepare accordingly with a sexy, modern swimsuit like this one-piece from Brazilian designer Olga Olsson. From its abstract print to its plunging V-neck, self-tie halterneck strap, and deep scoop-shaped back, this swimsuit turns up the heat and yet leaves just enough to the imagination.

Campana Favela Miniature Chair by Fernando and Humberto Campana, $430. Available at MomaStore.org

They may be small in stature, but don’t overlook the charm of these wooden chairs. Growing up in Brazil,  brothers and furniture designer Fernando and Humberto Campana often saw the often dilapidated houses in the nearby favelas (slums), many of which were constructed using scrap materials ranging from sheets of metal to wood panels and brinks. To celebrate the ingenuity of  those eking out a living in Brazil’s poorest areas, the Campana brothers designed this miniature chair — measuring 4.5″ in height, 5″ in width, and 4″ in depth — using strips of discarded wood of different sizes and piecing these together to create their very own furniture jigsaw puzzle and to showcase, moreover, that beauty can arise in the most unexpected of places and using the humblest of materials.

Charlotte Olympia Dolly Platform Pumps, $945. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

Though she’s based in England, footwear designer Charlotte Olympia is half Brazilian, which might explain the cheeky, coquettish quality that’s embedded into the DNA of her shoe designs.  These suede platform pumps, featuring a 5 3/4″ covered heel, were inspired by Brazil’s exotic flora and so features a removable ankle strap adorned with a leather orchid flower and a matching blossom along the almond-shaped toe. The turquoise hue of the suede uppers adds to the shoe’s tropical feel, while the 1 1/3″-tall golden beveled island platform infuses the style with an irresistible opulence.

Beijo Flor Druzy Agate Necklace, $65.40. Available at Etsy.com

Celebrate the technicolor treasures found in nature with this 18″-long necklace featuring five Brazilian druzy agate slices in arresting shades of royal blue, hunter green, deep magenta, sunshine yellow, and regal purple. Oxidized sterling silver baubles along the length of the chain add a rock ‘n’ roll twist to each made-to-order design.

Rachel Rachel Roy x Seu Jorge Brazil Collection Large Tote, $39. Available at RachelRoy.com

Earlier this year, New York-based designer Rachel Roy joined forces with Brazilian musician Seu Jorge to create a capsule collection inspired by Brazil. One of our favorite pieces is this large tote, which features a colorful geometric print reminiscent of a Joan Miró painting.


Havaianas Graffiti Flip-Flops in Highraff, $26. Available at US.Havaianas.com

Beloved by beach bums, Hollywood starlets, and New York summer style lovers alike, Havaianas are as synonymous with cool as flip-flops can get. Recently, the brand collaborated with three rising stars in Brazil’s booming graffiti scene — Zezao, Speto, and Highraff — asking each artist to lend some of his artwork to the insteps of a pair of limited-edition sandals.  Those who love urban art will likely gravitate to Highraff’s design, a dynamic explosion of swirling shapes, undulating tentacles, and floating bubbles.

Carlos Falchi Lauren Tote, $556. Available at Bloomingdales.com

Known for his uncanny ability to manipulate exotic skins and create luxurious handbag designs, Brazil-born designer Carlos Falchi figures among the most well-respected personalities in his field. This roomy tote, made of supple chocolate-colored leather adorned with a wide center strip of crimson-colored python, speaks to Falchi’s never-ending ingenuity. Measuring 18″ in length, 15″ in height, and 5.5″ in width, the tote also features two straps with a 10″ drop and a handy exterior slip pocket for easy access to essentials like mobile phones and keys.

Surya Brasil Moisturizing Lip Balm, $3.49 each. Available at SuryaBrasil.com

Available in four flavors —Chocolate Mint, Strawberry & Buriti, Cinnamon & Cupuacu, and Açai Berry — these vegan lip balms  make excellent stocking stuffers, plus they’ll prepare anyone for the harsh winter weather that can lead to chapped and dry lips. Each lip balm contains such skin-loving ingredients as:  vitamin E-rich jojoba oil, which is structurally similar to the sebum and is hence easily absorbed by the skin;  moisturizing cocoa butter; sunflower seed oil, packed with vitamin A that promotes cellular regeneration and natural exfoliation; murumuru butter, which is rich in fatty acids like lauric and oleic acid; buriti nut oil, a great antioxidant thanks to its high levels of beta-carotene; and ucuuba nut oil, which is also rich in fatty acids that keep skin smooth and supple.


Mykita x Herchcovitch Ari Sunglasses. Available at Farfetch.com

Berlin-based eyewear company Mykita joined forces with Brazilian fashion designer Alexandre Herchcovitch to create a pair of modern shades  informed by the latter’s rule-breaking, whimsy-prone, fanciful aesthetic. The result was these  smart Mykita & Herchcovitch frames, which featuring a blue square acetate frame, dark black lenses and a blue and steel arms with curved white tips.

Rachel Rachel Roy x Seu Jorge Collection Cintia Dress., $59. Available at RachelRoy.com

Yet another highlight in Rachel Roy’s Brazil-inspired collection is this island-ready frock, which features a form-fitting strapless bodice and a pleated skirt adorned with a tropical palm tree leaf print.

Neuaura Adin Oxford Style Flats, $98.Available at NancysGoneGreen.com

Sustainably manufactured in Brazil using hydroelectric power so as to minimize its carbon footprint, these retro-looking flats were crafted using vegan leather and absolutely no animal by-products. Featuring a low-to-the-ground silhouette, pronounced square toe, and oxford-like stitching, these lace-up flats nod to past with their vintage-inspired look while stepping into the future thanks to their eco-friendly nature.

Osklen Women’s Eco-Friendly Pirarcuru Fish Skin Clutch, $797.00. Available at Osklen in New York City (97 Wooster Street).

Trash is a relative term — just ask “it” Brazilian fashion label Osklen, which crafted an entire line of colorful clutches out of discarded fishy skins, breathing new life into sea creatures dismissed as waste. In addition to being a noble form of re-purposing materials and hence a journey into eco-friendly fashion design, these zip-top clutches will excite fashionistas thanks to their interesting textural quality and vibrant color schemes.




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