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Globetrotter | Andrea Kolb of Abury

One of our favorite destinations, Morocco, entrances all of its visitors with a sense of mystery and style. We are always on the look out for these enduring qualities in the globetrotters that we feature. Andrea Kolb, the founder of Abury is top on our list of stylish explorers. Andrea has covered plenty of ground while working with local artisans in both Morocco and Ecuador to create contemporary treasures from ancient craft. We recently caught up with Andrea and asked her to share her favorite haunts in her hometown of Berlin and adopted city of Marrakesh.
One of our favorite destinations, Morocco, entrances all of its visitors with a sense of mystery and style. We are always on the look out for these enduring qualities in the globetrotters that we feature. Andrea Kolb, the founder of Abury is top on our list of stylish explorers. Andrea has covered plenty of ground while working with local artisans in both Morocco and Ecuador to create contemporary treasures from ancient craft. We recently caught up with Andrea and asked her to share her favorite haunts in her hometown of Berlin and adopted city of Marrakesh.

 

How would you describe your personal style? Who, what or where is the inspiration behind your style?

My style is very simple, straightforward and casual. I love monochrome,  so I have the blue section, the brown section, the green, the black, the white. I love to add a colorful highlight with an accessory, like a bag. Regarding inspiration, I am surrounded by lots of colors and patterns every day and I love it, but also it is kind of overwhelming, so I just like it clean and simple in my closet.

 

How does travel influence your style? 

I sometimes get adventurous and inspired by colorful traditional textures and patterns and even wear them when I am travelling. It is inspiring to experiment and adapt in different cultures, but that doesn?t change my style at home in general. I love to find traditional or special accessories that bring a bit more tension and a break from the classical look.

 

 


 

 

  

 


 

 

What city do you have an endless love affair with?

London. I first arrived twenty years ago after a 24-hour bus ride from Germany with two sports bags, one full with my stereo. Even before I lived there, I dreamt of it and also after. It never stopped, I just feel so home in this city.

 

Can you share your top three favorite spots for eating, drinking, and shopping in your hometown?

In Berlin?

Pappa e ciccia is a great Italian restaurant around the corner of our shop (Prenzlauerberg) that offers organic, local ingredients combined with homemade pasta or creatively arranged salads in an inspired and cozy environment!

For a nightcap I love going to a small bar in Kreuzberg, which seems to be always open when I need it. They have an area where you can lounge, meaning taking your shoes off and lie on the floor on cushions, drinking your gin tonic.

For Shopping -  the Mauerpark Fleamarket on Sundays!

 


 

Photo credits tebla.com and localyoo.com

 

What is your most desired passport stamp?
Difficult to reduce it to one, as there are still so many missing, but at the moment I would love to go to Mongolia
 
Best trip so far?
A four-week road trip by myself through South Africa
 
Favorite form of transport?
If I have a seat and the train is on time, then the train.
 
Always in your suitcase?
Apart from toothbrush, mascara and laptop ? my moleskine to take notes.
 
Favorite hotel that you wouldn't mind staying in forever?
Not found so far?still loads to explore.
 
Most beloved souvenir?
An old Berber bag
 
Favorite shop, market or souk?
The souks in Marrakesh ? especially the Souk at Bab El Khemis.
 
Describe your travel style?
Explorer, I love to dive into the culture, meet people, and learn about their rituals and way of living.
 
Ultimate escape fantasy?
There has to be water

 

 

 


 

Globetrotter Stats

Souk or Department Store?

Souk

 

DIY or Concierge Service?

DIY, as long as my boyfriend is near by in case of urgency ;)

 

Buy Everything or Buy Nothing?

Buy Nothing

 

Camping or 5-Star Hotel?

When it comes to this - 5-Star Hotel

 

Drive or be Driven?

Drive

 

Room service or Street Food?

Street Food

 

Lots of Luggage or Carry-on Bag?

Carry-on Bag

 

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