Advertising in Managua, Nicaragua, can be hit-or-miss so I wasn’t quite sure what I’d find when I walked into Alter Eco, which bills itself as an alianza hecho a mano. This “alliance” is actually a cluster of artist shops and studios near the big art and antiques store Mama Delfina.

The displays and inventory would be at home in New York or London or Mexico City. Here are some of the treasures I discovered.

cotton clothing

This charming clothing and accessories boutique has a Laura-Ashley-meets-Chanel vibe. Simple cotton and linen pieces kept to a pink, rust, and gray palette.

boutique

Visitors to the boutique are immediately drawn in by the charming wall decor featuring trees, birds and 3-D blossoms

boutique ceiling

Silver “raindrops” fall from the tree branches and blossoms on the ceiling

jewelry

Accessories included locally-sourced jewelry and lizard clutches and belts

talavera

The ceramics studio had a beautiful selection of Mexican talavera

Talavera pottery pops against a yellow wall at Alter Eco

The place to go for customized tequila shot glasses!

Talavera plaque reading “God Bless This Home.” My wish for you this holiday season.

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