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Shopping Guide: Goa

May 19, 2017

Conquered by Portuguese merchants in the 16th century, Goa’s cultural heritage is evident in the crumbling old European-style villas and churches that dot the state. The modern face of Goa, however, is equally well represented—in the beach side shacks serving cold beer and the fresh catch of the day, globally-inspired restaurants, unique concept stores and boutique hotels.    SHOP Paper Boat Collective: Housed in a charming bungalow, this concept store stocks...

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Inspiration: Bohemian Rhapsody

May 11, 2017

This summer, dive into folkloric and bohemian fashion with florals, tassels, embroidery, prints, and all the colors you can think of! From cheerful embroidered blouses to printed kimono-style robes, look toward traditional and vintage styles for instant inspiration. Vyshyvanka: Born in Ukraine, the vyshyvanka (a pastoral frock or blouse featuring colorful embroidery) has been the country’s traditional dress for centuries. Here’s how the story goes: the embroidery was used as...

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Shopping Guide: Marrakech

May 06, 2017

Centuries of design, culture and architecture are seeped into the ancient city of Marrakech. Explore the city’s contemporary design landscape through its unique concept shops and boutiques, wander through its maze-like souks for handicrafts and keepsakes, and indulge in traditional Moroccan fare at its excellent restaurants. A trip to the local museums, hammams and historic city squares rounds off the complete cultural experience.   SHOP 33 Rue Majorelle: From stationery...

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Shopping Guide: Tulum

April 27, 2017

There’s really no better place to escape the stress of your 21st century life than Tulum. From the pristine beaches to the ancient Mayan ruins to the eco-friendly resorts, the focus is on unwinding, relaxing, resetting. When you’re not spending your days lazing on the beach, doing yoga or taking long walks, pop into one of Tulum’s many boutique shops, each full of character, personality and unique finds; have long,...

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Shopping Guide: Nairobi

April 21, 2017

A Maasai Mara excursion may be your prime reason for visiting Kenya, but be sure to carve out a couple of days to spend in the capital. Dubbed the Silicon Savannah for its burgeoning tech scene, Nairobi is also the hub of Kenyan art, fashion and culture. Browse the local arts and crafts markets, catch an exhibit by contemporary African artists or a performance by local musicians, pick up vibrant...

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Meyelo

April 20, 2017

Carmen Myers gives traditional Kenyan craftsmanship a contemporary spin with her accessories label Meyelo. Handmade by Maasai artisans in Kenya, the brand’s brass rings and cuffs, pendant necklaces, tote bags and carryalls are sleek and elegant, perfect for everyday. Bonus: they support a worthy cause! 10% of the proceeds from each purchase of a Meyelo product are donated to Myer’s philanthropic organization, A Voice Is Heard, which provides community development and...

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Far & Wide

April 14, 2017

With a passion for discovering beautifully unique and carefully made things, Far & Wide offers creations one can only stumble upon in the tucked-away workshops and rural village markets on exotic travels. By solely working with fair trade artisans they are also helping to build a more sustainable infrastructure for the artisanal communities they work with. The remarkable woman behind the brand, Hedvig Alexander, has so much insight and dedication when it comes to the industry, brand and the social...

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Caralarga

March 31, 2017

Caralarga is a Mexican workshop of handcrafted jewelry, located in the “Fábrica de hilados y tejidos, El Hércules," Querétaro, México. Inspired by the raw materials of nature, they seek to preserve their essence and highlight their benefits by transforming high quality handmade jewelry. Caralarga founder, Ana Holschneider, aims to convey the value of our hands and highlight the natural beauty of each material used. Admiring the simplicity of things in their natural state, Caralarga designs prove that simple...

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Rumisu

March 24, 2017

Rumisu is a joint project of two sisters, Deniz and Pinar Yegin, to welcome everyone into their whimsical world. Their ultimate goal? To let love and curiosity for beauty be a conduit for philanthropy. Oh and of course to create a line of ethically manufactured design accessories that give back to their community of origin, in Turkey, which they do perfectly! Each scarf they create has its own story, characters,...

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Ways To Wear It: Rumisu

March 23, 2017

This week in honor of Women’s History Month we’re featuring Rumisu, an Istanbul-based brand founded by sisters Deniz Yegin Ikiisik and Pinar Yegin. Their passion for illustration led them to adapt the good old classic silk scarf as the perfect blank canvas. To top it off, each scarf has has a unique crochet character hand-made by women in Southeast Turkey (in cooperation with a United Nations project).  Our team is...

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