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T+L's Definitive Guide to Mexico City

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Four boutiques we love.

Carla Fernandez: One of Mexico’s top designers, Fernandez makes clothes that marry traditional patterns and textiles to a modern silhouette. Her bias-cut ponchos and cotton minidresses might include a pointillist print of a Mayan warrior or an armadillo embroidered in silk.

Common People: The city’s most exhilarating concept store inhabits a 1940’s mansion in Polanco. A circular staircase connects three floors packed with cutting-edge merchandise from both near (vintage-style bikes from Rock&Ruedas) and far (THVM jeans from L.A.).

DFC: A neon-lit alcove in Roma shows limited-edition objets designed by New York transplants Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua, who inject a big dose of camp into classic Mexican motifs. Chaquiras, beaded dolls traditionally made by Huichol Indians, for example, get drag-queen eyelashes and hairdos.

Local: This pocket-size Roma boutique is an ode to all things Mexican-made. Look out for skull-shaped rings by L’Impératrice; hand-stitched leather duffels by Paolo Angelucci; and Mancandy’s geometric clothes for men and women.

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