Marrakech in 2 Days

Marrakech has been high on my destination list for a long time so when presented with the opportunity to pop down between Madrid and Lisbon last year, I jumped at the chance, even if only for a couple days.

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Marrakech is bursting with history. Walking through the souks is like stimulation overload. Traders and travelers alike have been coming for centuries for these good but there is a new scene in the Old Medina that is bubbling with raw creativity of old age craft transformed for the modern aesthetic. The result is an art and culture destination that is overwhelming rich in history but feels fresh and exciting. Young creatives are pushing historical artistic limits and bringing a renewed POV to old age craft techniques, fashion, cuisine and art.

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Amy van Luijk

Amy van Luijk is one of those illustrators that just makes you smile. Her designs are nostalgic and evoke a certain whimsical charm to them. The color palettes, shapes, 2D style and subject matter, all reductive yet come together in a way that is warms the heart. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and picking up new colored paper everywhere she goes, Amy’s process includes a lot of cutting and pasting followed by hand drawn detail work. A pattern designer first, Amy has a breadth of experience under her belt including working for Meri Meri, which for any stationery junkies, is pretty much the holy grail of handmade cards and party favors. Below are some of my favorite designs, both from personal and commissioned pieces. Find Amy’s work on stationery, ceramics, canvas bags, book illustrations and more. Personally I think a few of these would make lovely wallpapers for children’s rooms especially the illustrated maps which you could customize for family heritage and interests. Possibilities are endless and the good news is, she is open to commissions and her patterns are licensable! Check out her entire portfolio here.

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Charlotte Stone

Charlotte Stone hasn’t skipped a beat after graduating from FIDM LA. Two weeks post graduation she was on a plane to Italy to make samples in Tuscany and the rest is history. Stepping out on her own under her self-named label, she is a unique talent. You need not 5 minutes scrolling her Tumbr to instantly understand the Charlotte Stone POV on the world; Sun kissed and beautifully soled. She is the ultimate intersection of impeccable craftsmanship, minimalism and fun. I mean her website is titled, “I’d rather be surfing”. Now that’s the kind of girl I can get behind!

Canadian born; yet another reason to love her, she’s always known she wanted to design shoes. Pulling inspiration from a library of well used and ever growing reference binders filled with magazine clippings, editorials and vintage inspiration, she knows she’s onto something when she starts to see her color combos and shapes over and over again in the world around her.  I know she’s onto something because when I go to her site I have what I like to call, purchase paralysis. Meaning I want everything and don’t quite know where to start! Currently going on is her summer sample sale. Act quickly and enjoy!

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AOKO SU

Minimalist, modern, gold jewelry handmade in the United States with precious and semi-precious stones… It’s as if AOKO SU was crafted specifically with STH aesthetic in mind. This absolutely gorgeous jewelry line is everything I want out of personal adornments. They are delicate, yet strong and have just enough architectural interest to standout from the handfuls of minimalist gold jewelry that’s flooded the marketplace in the past couple of years. There’s something raw and special about this line. Bold but quite. Strong but delicate.

Designer Ashley Jerman is a true talent and quintessential STH woman. Without any formal jewelry training she has created a coveted line that is adored and adorned by the modern woman. Inspired by the raw aesthetic of Montana, the simplicity of Seattle and modernism of Columbus and Richmond you can feel how the intersection of these places come to life in each piece. I’m obsessed to say the least.

Shop AOKU SU here and for daily inspiration follow AOKO SU IG here.

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Madrid in 3 Days

As a main travel hub to get in and out of Europe Madrid is the perfect place to fly into and experience for a few days before heading off to explore the rest of Spain, Portugal or even Marrakech as we did! Madrid is everything you’d expect culturally and historically as Spain’s Capital, but there is also a budding indie art, shopping, food and craft cocktail scene that gives it an interesting edge. Visual juxtaposition was a theme that kept popping up from interesting modern-meets-historical architecture to big bright displays of street art on century old buildings.

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Superfolk

I often daydream of Ireland, romanticizing of the raw beautiful landscapes, cold damp weather and effortlessly country chic aesthetic. There’s just something so beautifully wild about it. Not to mention the Irish accent that makes me weak in the knees! – but that’s a topic for another day. 😉

Superfolk is inspired by Ireland and all of its romanic glory. Located on the West Coast of the Island, Design Duo Gearoid Muldowney and Jo Anne Butler are dedicated to creating simple, beautiful, material-led designs and homewares.

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Rolos & Icons

Tony Peralta was born in the United States to Dominican immigrant parents and raised in New York City’s Washington Heights. A fashion accessories designer by trade Peralta was driven by political and social climates in his personal work. Specifically the cultural tensions experienced by those living in immigrant American communities. After a group art show ten years ago, The Peralta Project was born to showcase his original artwork printed on clothing. It was a genius way to make his work affordable and attainable to his audience. However, as bold and impactful as the message was, it wasn’t for everyone so Peralta pushed himself creatively to simplify.

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