Accessories designer Alejandro Ingelmo first made his mark in 2006 with the debut of his sexy architectural shoes for women, adding men to his roster the following year. Hailing from a long line of footwear aficionados, beginning with his great-grandfather, who was a cobbler, Miami-born Ingelmo’s vertiginous heels and flashy, futuristic men’s kicks have earned him a cadre of celebrity followers, from Robert Downey Jr. to Joe Jonas. Here, he selects choice spots in one of his go-to vacation destinations, Rio de Janeiro.
ZAZÁ BISTRÔ “I like going here with a big group,” says Ingelmo. “The atmosphere is fun, and the menu is eclectic. Plus, it has the best ceviche in Rio.” Rua Joana Angélica, 40; ZazaBistro.com.br
RIO SCENARIUM “This samba club in Lapa is a great place to get the feel of the Brazilian dance culture.” Rua do Lavrádio, 20; RioScenarium.com.br
BEACH SUCOS “I love to stop here for an açaí drink after a day at the beach.” Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 198; BeachSucos.com.br
IPANEMA BEACH “My favorite place to hang out during the day. I like to sit at marker 10; it’s low-key, with good-looking people, and it’s a close walk to the gay beach.” Rua Aníbal de Mendonça at Avenida Vieira Souto
BLUE MAN “This is the best shop for picking up a well-cut sunga bathing suit.” Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 351; BlueMan.com.br