Four must-see stores for the stylish traveler
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Vintage style in the heart of Colombo
In 1987, when Shanth Fernando – already known in international style circles for her elegant marriages of Dutch-colonial design and contemporary Sri Lankan craftsmanship – opened her first outlet on Colombo’s Flower Road, it took months for locals to come and buy. Today, 35 years later, the Paradise Road housewares and accessories store (long since transposed into a grand old colonial building on Dharmapala Mawatha) is an institution. The maze of rooms on its two floors is the best kind of treasure hunt, stacked as they are with porcelain and pottery, table linens and candle holders, lanterns and vases and picture frames. There are notebooks bound in batik and silk dupioni, and cotton sarongs in all shades and patterns on offer, in 2013).
STAY: The Fernando experience extends to Paradise Road Tintagel, a heritage residence of 10 suites turned into a luxury hotel. Each space is unique and decorated with works of art, antiques and textiles. He sits right up there with Blake, that of Amsterdam seven one seven and the Hotel Montefiore in Tel Aviv on our list of Genuine Originals. From around 140 €, paradisroadhotels.com
Souk in Sydney
Jewelry and fashion designer Lucy Folk and interior designer Tamsin Johnson have been friends for years. Although they are both originally from Melbourne, they collectively defined a style that is quintessentially Sydney – refined but not studied, broad in their chosen influences, invariably in dialogue with the shapes, textures and tones of the natural world. . So it makes sense that Folk’s new Sydney flagship, which opened in November, is not just designed by Johnson, but installed right next to the Johnson store on William Street, which in recent years has supplanted Glenmore Road. as the main artery of the way of life. in Paddington. If you’re a fan of Folk’s Greek-inspired terry cloth dresses and kaftans, or his collaborations with Luke Edward Hall and leatherworker Corto Moltedo, this will be a gold mine for you. Johnson carpeted the store’s ceilings with Tuareg rugs, walls clad in a buttery plaster, and hand-crafted wooden cabinetry with a thick texture, creating a sort of store-souk feel quite in keeping with the aesthetic of Folk. Upstairs is a bespoke jewelry design studio and there is also a medina courtyard for tea or lounging, with its own library curated by Folk. If you like ceramic light fixtures or early 20th century French chairs, there’s more like Johnson’s next door.
STAY: We have long believed that the Ravesis Hotel had the potential to be one of the most elegant little places in town; with newly remodeled rooms in ice cream tones and heaps of rattan and block-printed textiles, it’s now. From around £ 190, hotelravesis.com
Art and design in the medina of Marrakech
It is difficult to operate a single address in Marrakech so much the one that deserves the trip for the visit (it’s certainly daring to try). But in a place that has evolved so much over the past two decades, a newcomer to the scene has found the perfect balance between living room, workshop, art gallery and duck resting from the merry pandemonium of the medina. Philomena Schurer Merckoll, owner of the seven-bedroom Riad Mena, opened The Pink Door in a three-room space adjacent to the riad in late 2019. The idea was to both cultivate local talent to create exclusive designs and artwork. ‘art, and invite others. from further afield to interpret their impressions of Morocco through ceramics, fashion, photography and more (Schurer Merckoll was one of the very first to present the embroideries khayamiya tapestries by the brilliant French artist Louis Barthélemy). You can sit by the fountain and sip champagne while admiring the edition of old and new art monographs (most of these are also quietly for sale).
STAY: Right next door – the two-story riad enjoys a perfect location in the Derb J’Did district of the medina, a large lush courtyard, a rooftop lounge and some of the most upscale rooms from the city. From 150 €, riadmenaandbeyond.com
Knits that are worth it
Yak khullu. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Otherwise, it should be on your radar – this ultra-fine yak wool, those long lost cousins of bison and buffalo, is as soft as the softest cashmere, but much warmer – and 100% durable and cruelty-free to animals. For over a decade, Kim and Dechen Yeshi have equitably purchased and produced khullu their mission in Ritoma, a remote village in the northeast of the Tibetan plateau. It was there that they established Atelier Norlha, which now produces arguably the only premium yak cashmere in the world. The final product is sold, among others, to the pantheon of the luxury world, Louis Vuitton and Hermès; the company employs more than 100 local artisans, most of them women.
Two years ago, they opened a retail boutique in Lhasa, showcasing their own designs – not just the shawls and scarves that first caught their international attention, but also models of men’s, women’s clothing. and kids playing on Marylebone High Street as well as them. do on the high tundra. The shop is located on the Barkhor, in old Lhasa; Encircling the city’s famous main temple, Tsuklhakhang, it is traditionally the place where traders and pilgrims from near and far points would meet to exchange goods. With low ceilings and walls adorned with wooden beams alternating between pine planks and deep oxblood paint, the boutique is simple and comfortable, and puts Norlha’s extraordinary products and history at the center of the show. norlha.com
STAY: The Songtsam collection of hotels in Tibet offers a thoughtful little alternative to the big names. With a hilltop view of the Potala Palace, the 45 rooms at Songtsam Lhasa Linka are a beautiful, colorful articulation of local craft traditions, from woodwork to textiles (and are equipped with oxygen concentrators to relieve acute mountain sickness). From around £ 115, songtsam.com