Part of the excitement of going on vacation and being in a new location is finding a trinket, accessory or special reminder of your visit. We would like to provide you with some of our favorites, SPECIAL (read UNIQUE) shops here in Rio that you should not miss; most are “Carioca original”! We’ve already posted on Granado….now this post is about the accessory designer, GILSON MARTINS. Gilson’s inspiration comes from the visuals he encountered growing up in Rio de Janeiro, now translated into hip, quirky collectible purses, key chains, & wallets which can be found in NYC at MOMA’s Giftshop and of course here in Rio de Janeiro.
The key chains we use for the guest room keys here at Casa Cool Beans are from Gilson Martins as they are stylish and feature prominent Rio de Janeiro sites on their products; VERY COOL. With three locations to choose from your travels in Rio should have you in close proximity to one of their stores.
Ipanema- Rua Visconde de Piraja, 462
Copacabana- Rua Figueiredo Magalhaes, 304-A
Atlantica- Rua Atlantica, 1998
Even the first family, The Obamas’, were recently presented with some Gilson Martins (March 2011)…..
An article in The Rio Times from October 26, 2010…..
WE LOVE GILSON MARTINS……and it is obvious by the MANY Gilson Martins bags discarded at Casa Cool Beans that our guests we send there do too!!! Keep on “Carioca” shopping!