Masters of Craft

Hip on the range

The inspiration for El Gaucho's handmade wallets, belts, and bags is "rugged South American cattlemen out on the pampas," says the design house's cofounder, Federico Arellano. Even if you've never set foot on a pampa, it's hard not to be impressed by the authenticity of these Argentinian specialties. Our favorite embroidered belt ($50) is based on the bright Incan colors and patterns of a gaucho's poncho—and takes one artisan a full day to make. At