Ariane Dutzi, designer behind Dutzi Designs has made Tulum and Valladolid, Mexico her home since 2005. She is a women of the globe, having worked in both Paris and New York and traveled the world before settling in Mexico. Ariane not only produces beautiful designs with eco-friendly materials, but she also creates jobs and leads entrepreneurial workshops for locals living in the Yucatan Peninsula. We spoke to Ariane about her global style influences and favorite spots around the world.
Describe your personal style.
I would say it is a mix between classic, ethical and bohemian-chic.
What is the inspiration behind your style?
I always was a big fan of Yves St. Laurent. He had a classical style, but gave all his designs a little something, which made it more interesting even sexier. I loved his work. He understood women and the body of a woman. I look for clothes in the Vintage world and I love it. It?s like time travel. I pick from the fifties, but add modern accessories. Living in Mexico I find great pieces from local artisans. You use that and put on some Christian Louboutin pumps and some jewelry.
How does travel influence your style?
I always loved fashion and because of that I always love to see what people wear in different countries. I love when people create their own style. That is one of the reasons I love to work with indigenous people. They still make their clothes and their traditional clothes pieces are embellished with embroideries that have special meaning. For example, this embroidery was put on the dress, when the women got engaged or married or had her first child. This way clothing is really unique. I love that. Traveling brings me closer to people and their different cultures and this certainly influences my personal style. Especially all the tribal jewelry I collected over the years. Just wearing my jewelry brings me back to the different places I have been. I also noticed living and traveling in Mexico, I now wear much more color than when I lived in Paris and in New York.
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What city do you have an endless love affair with?
Paris. I still own an apartment their. Even though I haven?t been back to Paris for many years, Paris is Paris. It?s the romantic in me. I love the details, the songs, the cafes, the French elegance; it is deeply embedded in my soul. I think, deep down even though I am born and raised in Germany but deep down I am so French. I just can?t help it.
Can you share your top three favorite spots for eating, drinking, and shopping?
Fishtail by David Burke in New York, 135 E 62nd St, New York, NY
Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle in New York,
35 E 76th St, New York, NY
Flea market in New Hope, Pennsylvania
How has travel influenced you?
My parents loved to travel. I think they gave me the travel bug. My mom still travels all the time. I think we are kind of modern gypsies. Even now in my daily life I live between Valladolid, Tulum and Merida. That?s just on my weekly routine with out even going on the trip. Traveling and living in different countries made me the person who I am now. It opened my mind at a very early age. I was interested in the different cultures and different languages. I discovered that there are many ways to live and therefore there are many ways to think. I really think by traveling and knowing different countries and people will make you more open-minded, more tolerant and more compassionate.
What is your most desired passport stamp?
Galapagos Islands and Indonesia
Best trip so far?
Favorite form of transport?
Train, it is more civilized these days than the plane and you can see how the landscape is changing in front of you. They are now building a speed train between Merida and Cancun. I can?t wait.
Always in your suitcase?
Beautiful French lingerie and nightgowns
Favorite hotel that you wouldn't mind staying in forever?
Ch?teau Richeux in Brittany, France
Hotel Pavillon de la Reine, Paris, France
The Sukhothai in Bangkok, Thailand
Villa Cimbrone a Ravello at the Amalfi Coast, Italy
Hacienda San Jose in the Yucatan, Mexico
Most beloved souvenir?
My diamond engagement ring from Tiffany?s bought in Florence, Italy
Favorite shop, market or souk?
The world, I can?t decide. Where I have favorite restaurants, if it comes to shops or markets, there is always something new I like to discover. But if I have to narrow it down, I would say the flea market, the Marche aux Puces in Paris.
Ultimate escape fantasy?
A road trip thought the United States. I can?t believe it, but I never have been to the Grand Canyon. I would love to go to the different National Parks and Northern California and Arizona. I would like to discover the Amangiri Resort Hotel in Arizona. I am especially attracted to the desert these days and I can?t wait to visit the Atacama Salt Lake in Northern Chile.
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Souk or Department Store?
DIY or Concierge Service?
Buy Everything or Buy Nothing?
Camping or 5-Star Hotel?
5 Star Hotel
Drive or be Driven?
Room service or Street Food?
I love both. I love street food in Asia and in Mexico. But sometimes when you travel or after a day of sightseeing, it is nice to get room service too.
Lots of Luggage or Carry-on Bag?