For their fall collection Levi’s turned to a handful of craftsmen and artisans, of the breathtaking state of Maine, for inspiration. So when they asked me and a few other editors to join them on a road trip along the coast of the Pine Tree State, I knew it would be a trip of a lifetime. From Portland to Deer Isle, the four day adventure was unforgettable: stopping at the China Sea Marine Trading Co to visit the man behind maritime antiques and nautical salvages, lunching on the ubiquitous lobster roll, witnessing handcrafted blankets and scarves being made at Swans Island Blankets, feeling the craftsmanship behind a freshly made chair at Windsor Chairmakers, snacking on a beautiful array of fresh vegetables and cheese at Salt Water Farm, meeting Yoshiko Wada, the artist responsible for introducing the art of Japanese shibori to the US, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and finally admiring Marlinespike Chandlery‘s impressive collection of decorative knots, lanyards and ropes. It was obvious why the colors, materials, textures, techniques, and traditions of Maine influenced the little, yet important, details from this season’s offerings. Be sure to look out for some special collaborations with Swans Island Blankets and Marlinespike Chandlery, for their Made Here collection, in your local neighborhood store. Thank you for showing me all that is beautiful in Maine, Levi’s – I can’t wait to return!
I love that Lonny Magazine recently profiled Riad El Fenn, a hip boutique hotel that I’ve been stalking in my longtime quest to explore Marrakech. Co-owned by Richard Branson‘s sister, Vanessa Branson, the 21 room riad is an intimate, art-filled retreat located in the heart of the bustling medina. After observing it’s undeniable charm, you’ll see why I’ve been dying to pay Riad El Fenn a visit. One day . . .
Earlier this spring, Louis Vuitton‘s fall show ended with models stepping off the grand Louis Vuitton Express. The luxury brand continued the locomotive adventure by inviting Todd Selby on the journey of a lifetime – traveling from Paris to Shanghai via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The trip took 12 days, with stopovers in Moscow and Beijing. His diary consisting of drawings, videos, and pictures from the impressive journey are not to be missed. Honestly, what an incredibly romantic way to travel!
Several weeks ago, I briefly stopped over in London before embarking on a week long sailing adventure in Greece. After turning to my trusty travel advisors at Mr & Mrs Smith, I opted to stay at The Cranley, a classically British and an incredibly charming boutique hotel in South Kensington. I must say, I was impressed with how much we were able to accomplish in just a couple of days – witnessing tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams win their semifinal doubles match at Wimbledon, shopping at the wonderful and iconic Liberty of London, charging through the fabulous museums along Exhibition Road, and enjoying the most delightful high tea at The Savoy. And to top it all of, our digs at The Cranley was truly the icing on the cake . . . or rather, the clotted cream on the scone. You get my drift.
With an endless amount of unbelievable places in the world to explore, it can be nearly impossible to narrow down the search for your next holiday destination. Though Mr. & Mrs. Smith‘s abundant collection of impeccably curated hotels doesn’t make the decision-making process that much easier, they are without a doubt our most relied source when it comes to finding the most unique, stylish, and beautiful accommodations. Whether it be a 300-year-old maharaja’s mansion in India, a former military fort hidden in the cliffs of Mallorca, or a bohemian retreat in the heart of urban Los Angeles, there is something for everyone. Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Below is a small selection of my favorites . . . where are you inspired to explore next?
Capri Taberio Palace, Capri, Italy
Lately I’ve been itching to visit Southeast Asia for the first time and discovering Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand has motivated me to finally consider planning this trip. Can we talk about how spectacular and serene the architecture and the sprawling landscape of this miniature Thai kingdom is?