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Micasa Pimp your pad

Interior design mecca Micasa doesn’t have a problem standing out from the crowd. You’ll guess as much before you’ve even set foot in the place. Sandwiched between two grey flat blocks, the slick, frosted-glass fronted building—designed by Triptyque —in which they’ve made their home, is a mid-20th century rose between two dreary and faceless thorns.

The impressive architecture doesn’t stop at the exterior either. Once you’ve made your way inside, you’ll catch an eyeful of unique design flourishes—bare concrete walls, a spacecraft snap-hatch entrance and a retro ‘60s airline ramp. All these touches combine to form a fitting surround for Micasa’s impressive array of locally made interior design gems that reference a range of creative mediums—from music to fashion and cinema to architecture.

2nd Floor Hip couture

A Berlin-style concept store—but up some stairs off Rua Oscar Freire, São Paulo’s classiest shopping street. In line with its motto “young, fresh and free”, 2nd Floor offers funky fashion for urban scenesters: shirts, jeans and dresses in cool patterns and unexpected cuts.

Established in 2002 in connection with Nelson Alvarenga and Adriana Bozon’s Ellus label, this boutique/label showcases the work of new Brazilian designers alongside clothes from its own, eponymous brand. Current popular favorites include a range of retro Superman t-shirts and sexy rolled-up jean shorts (be careful, only pure laine Paulistanos can pull these off).

2nd Floor’s staff is friendly and helpful. The prices aren’t cheap, but the clothes are clever, comfy and—of course—awfully stylish.

Mundorama Stylish snipping

Whether you dream of dreadlocks or bangs on a bias, talented, good-looking Raul is the man for you. He and his equally inventive colleagues at Mundorama will shake you out of your boring old hairdo routines and send you out into the street with an infinitely more interesting style.

Located on the second floor of the Galeria Ouro Fino, Mundorama caters to even the most extreme hirsute needs, from exotic dye jobs and funkily streaky highlights to rock star cuts. And this salon’s talents even extend beyond the world of hairdressing: on demand, skilled technicians apply hip makeup or a mean manicure.

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