One of my biggest fears when travelling to Peru every year is “what if my suitcase doesn’t arrive with me” This may seem very trivial but it has history. My suitcase has always arrived on time (thank you @klm) but up until a few years ago I would have struggled to replace items locally.
When @zara arrived a few years ago I did cheer and think I am safe. I rarely visit the stores here as I want something different I don’t want what I can buy in the Uk.
Peru is a very rich country with a vast supply of gold, silver, gems, amazing fruit, veg and an ocean full of fish but the wealth isn’t necessarily distributed fairly. Only in the last few years can you really see the growing middle classes.
Here at the beach there is a real west coast vibe and this combined with people having money to spend has meant a growing boutique market which is perfect.
Normally by the time I arrive in late December summer has arrived but this year we didn’t really see summer until a few weeks ago.
This meant I had to go shopping to supplement my wardrobe. I found excellent jeans, a very @ganni like knit and hoodie with side zips made from the softest cotton.
This was obviously just the beginning when I realised what was available I was like a child in a candy store. I always pay a visit to a beachwear shop @adg (Angel del Guardia) and they had a few beautiful pieces I bought swimwear but also an amazing blue/green maxi, leopard print pants and a hat.
I am not one for denim jackets but they can team well with a strappy dress to keep off the chill. I found one with tassels on the bottom and embroidery on the back. It was in a cool market and it works so well here.
From the moment I arrived I wanted white cotton wide leg pants and I finally found them last week on a market stall in San Bartolo a village further along the coast. (The day before the latest lockdown started)
You never quite now what will pop up and where. A week ago a man carrying his wears set up on the steps at the beach. It was my lucky day (and his) I bought 3 cotton tie dye skirts.
Our local coffee shop had a small boutique move in and for me it is heaven. I very quickly acquired my tie dye collection (included in my previous post)
The quality and the styling of the clothes is so good I feel like it’s an honour to support this growing band of very small boutiques in our beach community.