It's easy to call Rio home with the following stores from the states at your fingertips:
Apple - Just opened at Barra Shopping. The first in South America. Not its own Apple store, but inside a store called FNAC - a beautiful book store and more with an internet cafe in the back. Be warned... the prices are about double what you'd pay back home. But in case your iPod gets swiped, it's nice to have!
Armani Exchange - A favorite of my husband and I. Again, significantly more expensive than back home. At Shopping Leblon.
MAC - I have not yet been in or checked out the prices as I stocked up before I came to Brazil. But a pleasant surprise. 4 locations in Rio:
Duty Free Rio de Janeiro - Aeroporto Internacional do Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema R. Visconde de Piraja, 351
Shopping Fashion Mall - Gavea.
Louis Vuitton - just down the street, if you are into that sort of thing.
Zara - easy peasy. Three locations in Rio:
Av. das Americas, 4666
Rua Lauro Muller, 116