Rio de Janeiro

Designer Narciso Rodriguez reveals the best places to go to soak up the vibrant local culture, food and fashion

Even though Narciso Rodriguez lives and works in New York City, he finds much of his design inspiration on trips to Rio de Janeiro, where he goes to unwind. In fact, he started to go to Brazil so frequently—three times a year, at least—that he finally bought himself a beach house in Bahia, on the edge of the Atlantic rain forest. "At first I went to Rio, and then I started to branch out and go to places like Bahia," says Rodriguez. "Now when I go, I sketch a lot." He gets inspired watching the active crowds on beaches like Ipanema....

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