Designer Gilson Martins transforms the Brazilian flag and silhouettes of Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) and Corcovado into eye-catching accessories in his flagship store in Ipanema. This is the place for unique glossy handbags, wallets, passport covers, key chains and iPad covers. Products are durable and use recycled and sustainable materials – and are not available outside Rio.
You can also design your own bag in the studio in the back of the store. You choose the bag, the embellishments and the layout, then it gets professionally sewn and sent back to the store where you can pick it up in a few days. Gilson also has several other branches, including a spacious showroom in Copacabana.