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Birman’s Brazil

Alexandre Birman takes us to his hometown, Rio de Janeiro

Alexandre Birman knows a lot about what women want when it comes to the perfect pair of shoes. After all, he’s been designing them since the age of 15. Today, his namesake brand is known well for its ultra chic designs created in only the most luxurious of materials. And his main inspiration comes from where it all started — Brazil. 

I regularly draw inspiration from…
The architecture of Oscar Neymeyer and the beaches of Rio.

My country is most inspiring because of…
The history behind the emigration of different nations to Brazil throughout the generations. They have all come together to create this melting pot of Brazilian culture.

I love Brazil for its…
People — especially the women in my life — my mother, wife and daughter.

When I think of my country I think of…
Futbol — or soccer as it’s known in the USA. Soccer is the binding agent among every single culture in Brazil. It is taken so seriously in Brazil, during the World Cup workers are even given time off to watch their team in action. Pelé, arguably the greatest footballer ever, is from Brazil, as well as modern-day soccer super-stars Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and Kaká. As a native Brazilian, we are honored to be hosting the next official World Cup championship. It’s an exciting time for my country and I hope we can add another World Cup title to our passionate team.

When home, my favorite place to eat is…
Fasano in Sao Paulo. The menu contains dishes from the Lombardy region from whence the Fasano family originally hailed, really is excellent. Travelers can always opt for the five-course tasting menu and let the chef take you on a gastronomic journey around Italy.

My best advice to those visiting Brazil for the first time is…
“Visit Sao Paulo for the art, especially the São Paulo International Art Fair and The Bienal de São Paulo for some wonderful displays. In Rio de Janeiro stay at the beautiful Fasano Hotel in Ipanema, run on the beach like the “cariocas” and eat Churrasco (Brazilian BBQ) with Caipirinhas.

Do not miss…
The Christ the Redeemer statue of Jesus in Rio that is considered to be the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It is located at the peak of the 700-metre Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park and definitely a must-see is to climb to the top of the inside of the statue. The view overlooking the entire city is breathtaking, and certainly worth the 223 stairs it takes to reach the top.

 

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