Stephanie Von Watzdorf is our absolute definition of a globetrotter. This year alone, the Figue designer has traveled to India, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, Kenya and Ethiopia to work with some of the incredible artisans she employs around the world and to support the endangered elephants of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Each Figue collection is a unique reflection of Stephanie?s bohemian lifestyle and the artisanal craftsmanship she aims to preserve. Read on for a peek into Stephanie's latest global jaunts and to shop our favorite picks from this fantastic NYC based fashion label.
Can you speak about your inspirations behind the new collection?
I am so inspired by the places I travel to. My most recent collection is a mix of colors and textures inspired by my time in Africa on safari and the coastal beach village of Lamu.
What city do you have an endless love affair with?
New York, Marrakesh, Paris, Rome, Jodhpur ? it is impossible to pick just one!
Can you share your top favorite spots for eating, drinking, and shopping?
Punta Tragara on Capri for a lunch of tomato and mozzarella salad and fresh fettuccine with zucchini.
Via Tragara, 57, Capri NA, Italy
Santa Fe on St. Barths serves the most phenomenal fresh goat cheese salad and grilled dorade with lemon butter sauce.
Morne Lurin, St. Barth?lemy
Santa Lucia in Rome where you can sit outside on a terrace and eat the most wonderful grilled vegetables, fish and pasta.
Largo Febo, 12, 00186 Rome, Italy
Harry?s Bar in Venice, Italy, is my classic go-to.
Calle Vallaresso, 1323, 30124 VE, Italy
Bar Palladio at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel in Jodhpur, India, is absolutely breathtaking.
Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, Kanota Bagh, Narain Singh Road, Jaipur India
What is your most desired passport stamp?
Myanmar and Peru.
Best trip so far?
Favorite form of transport?
Tuk Tuk taxis ? anywhere I can find them!
Most beloved souvenir?
A vintage trunk covered in hotel stickers from a Paris flea market.
Always in your suitcase?
A kaftan and an embroidered pashmina.
Favorite hotel that you wouldn't mind staying in forever?
The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. The rooms, the service, the people, the gym, the spa, even the lemongrass towel?the whole place is beyond.
Ultimate escape fantasy?
I recently read about a very elegant boat that travels down the Nile with the most delicious food and wonderful accommodations. That really intrigues me.
What are your upcoming holiday travel plans?
I will be in Hawaii on business. I have never been before, and there is nothing like mixing a little play with work!
What was your past favorite holiday travel?
I loved Kenya. Last year, my husband and I went on safari in the Lewa Conservancy ? which has the most amazing rhino sanctuary ? and the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will not want to leave Nairobi without visiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (an orphanage for baby elephants)! Also, when you are hopping from airstrip to airstrip, do not forget to look for the wonderful beaded crafts for sale. I equally loved the island of Lamu, a world heritage site, which has a peaceful, bohemian vibe. Do not miss the Aman boutique in nearby Shela, which carries the chicest global goodies and be sure to stop into Ali Lamu, a gallery shop that recycles old dhow sails from the area into remarkable art works, homegoods, and accessories.
Fantasy Holiday Travel Plans?
Bhutan to sleep in a yurt overlooking the mountains. Then Tahiti to a deserted island.