Gauchos are the traditional cowboys of South America and can be found in Argentina as well as Uruguay & Brazil. Their livelihood is based on taking care of cattle and horses and traditionally were a nomadic culture that went from ranch to ranch helping as needed. They are a national symbol of Argentina, much like the US cowboys, and are known to be strong, honest, silent types, with expert horseman skills.
Ultimately, the gaucho is most concerned about how their horse is dressed to ensure they are properly outfitted for the ride. I was so impressed with the level of attention and love they have when dealing with the horses. All the saddles were stored in a special gear room and the colors and textures were true eye candy. This alone had me romanticizing about changing careers!
After my few days at the Estancia, I was fortunately headed back to Buenos Aires and was able to go to Arandu to satisfy all my gaucho wardrobe wishes. They have a huge range of leather goods in addition to all of the gaucho essentials listed in this post. I am fairly certain this is Ralph Lauren's favorite shop!
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