Photos from Museo Mate's Instagram.
In case you don’t know anything about Mario Testino, he’s one of the most famous and celebrated fashion photographers in the world, inspiring millions through his glamourous shots of supermodels and celebrities (Kate Moss, Princess Diana, and Kendall Jenner to name a few), but the Peruvian legend hasn’t stopped there. In 2012, Testino founded his non-profit museum, Museo Mate (Mah-Te), in his hometown in Lima, Peru in efforts to contribute to his beloved country by promoting culture, fashion, and heritage - and though his permanent collections, educational programs, and film screenings have been added to the “must-see” section of our bucket list, it’s the museum’s concept store that has our eyes and ears begging for more.
“At Bodega Mate, a store that we have at our museum in Lima, Peru, we decided to re-design our store and really change the concept,” says Testino (of what will probably put the entity of museum gift shops to shame). And while the museum serves as a platform to promote both Peruvian and other highly recognized artists like Teresa Burga from Lima or Graciela Iturbide from Mexico, the photographer last minutely decided to create a space solely dedicated to fashion by appointing Venezuelan jewelry designer and creative director, Monica Sordo, as the store’s curator.
Passion, love for design, and innovation are amongst the qualities the designers featured in the Bodega Mate store share in common, but Sordo says it’s the fact that they’re “innovated through artisans and [made using] ancestral techniques from our countries and from all Latin America,” that set the store’s pieces apart.
Expect to see just about anything and everything at Bodega Mate - from statement accessory pieces to Wayuu hats and bags, local artisanal talent to high end Latin American designers. If planning a trip to Lima isn't already in the works, have the Bodega come to you and shop the store's featured designers straight from Cooperativa.