Papé Sandals

Brazil—where Havianas were born—is renowned for fabricating sandals because they've had the years of practice to make them beautiful. Enter Papé. Papé sandals blend customization with fashion, versatility and Brazilian quality craftmanship. Their kiosk, located in Sao Paulo's swanky Shopping Iguatemi mall, allows the customer to pick the material and the type of leather sole and the staff helps with the different ways to wear …

Busy Bee Chocolates

I’m lucky to be living near Busy Bee Chocolates, a minuscule but substantial chocolate shop in my São Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena. Wood-paneled and discreet, Busy Bee opens into a candy box of surprises. The truffles are what keep customers addicted, with delicate and intense flavors such as candied orange, cognac and cashew covered in dark, white or milk chocolate. Luciana Baptista learned her …

FAAP x Surface to Air São Paulo

The Brazilian outpost of Paris-based creative group Surface to Air just launched an impressive collection in their store from the post-graduate class of São Paulo’s FAAP, a renowned fashion design school in the city. Under the tutelage of their professor Jum Nakao, a respected Brazilian designer, eight students conceived and designed a collection that taught them not only about the details behind design itself but …