COLORES Around The World- Marrakesh

Traveling is my passion. I am addicted to being on the move, so when I started COLORES Collective last April (2017) it was so many parts of my life coming together to create a business that I never thought I could have. 

My travels and experiences are what make COLORES unique, and even though the brand will always be evolving- the journey getting there is proving to be the best part.

I am fortunate to be able to travel to so many unique places, and a husband that puts up with carting around overstuffed suitcases across the globe. Being able to experience these places with him, for my business brings me immeasurable joy and the greatest sense of satisfaction.

So, with all that being said-I wanted to start a travel series of "COLORES Around The World" that will serve as a brief, but visually rich overview of the places that we go. It will allow you to see not only beautiful places around the world, but an insight into how COLORES collections are made, how they are sourced and what goes into the simplest bag/tassel/caftan or tote.

I thought it was only fitting that I start with Marrakesh- Enjoy!

Riad Nashira Marrakesh Morocco

Welcome Tea

Riad Nashira 

 Marrakesh in July is Hot- I mean hot hot- so the pool brought some welcome relief. 

Marrakesh in July is Hot- I mean hot hot- so the pool brought some welcome relief. 

 Veggies display at Le Jardin

Veggies display at Le Jardin

Le Jardin Marrakesh Morocco

When you just want to bring home the tile.

 Le jardin

Le jardin

 The real Marrakesh. 

The real Marrakesh. 

Moroccan Clutch Purse in Pink

The goods

On this particular trip I had no idea what we would (or wouldn't) find so at the end of our first sourcing day I was like a kid in a candy store. This mini pom pom clutch was an automatic favorite.

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Every night at dusk, they bring out the lanterns and lay out the rugs.

Le Grade Poste Marrakesh Morocco

The Grande Cafe de la Poste

Like something from a movie, this historic building brings old world French style (read; cafe chairs, double staircases, deep rich wood ceilings, classic jazz) with the classic Moroccan food and feel.

the grand cafe de la post

Cue the music

 Interior courtyard of the Ben Youssef Mosque built in 1070. 

Interior courtyard of the Ben Youssef Mosque built in 1070. 

 Hand carved metal chandelier in the central courtyard of Marrakech Museum.

Hand carved metal chandelier in the central courtyard of Marrakech Museum.

Marrakesh Tile Floors

Looking down never looked so good.

 The Mecca of rugs

The Mecca of rugs

 We spent over 4 hours looking at hundreds of rugs, only choosing a specific few to bring home. 

We spent over 4 hours looking at hundreds of rugs, only choosing a specific few to bring home. 

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Kilim Rugs

Moroccan Kilim rugs are so special. They are made from 100% cotton that is spun in a specific way that makes it incredibly durable. The embroidery is all done by hand with cactus fiber. 

 Not my finest look but after our rug expedition they made us lunch on the rooftop and it was fantastic. 

Not my finest look but after our rug expedition they made us lunch on the rooftop and it was fantastic. 

The Medina is like a maze of roads that have beginning and no end. Google maps can'e even save you.

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Riad Nashira Marrakesh Morocco

Wine-Down. 

Morocco has quite a few vineyards that make great wine- this being one of them. 


 Our guides and their donkeys.

Our guides and their donkeys.

You can’t imagine how remote the Atlas Mountains until your there, in the middle of nowhere, hiking though land so rich in culture.
 
Atlas Mountain Lunch

Atlas Lunch 

Our guide brought us to his families home where they made us lunch. The rug you see in the background are popular in the region and are made from scrap pieces of fabric. They don't believe in wasting any resources, no matter how small. 

 I'll let the food do the talking. 

I'll let the food do the talking. 

Atlas Mountains City Guide

bare bones

This is what most of the buildings look like in this particular part of the Atlas Mountains and they haven't changed in hundreds of years. I find it incredible and inspiring.


Streets of Marrakesh
 Dinner Vibes 

Dinner Vibes 

COLORES Collective Caftans

#NotAModel

But, when in such a beautiful place, with a new collection of Caftans- you do what you gotta' do!


La Mamounia 

La Mamounia Marrakesh Outdoors

La Mamounia is a special hotel that is deserving of its own category, and heading. Situated in the middle of the city, its more of a fortress than a hotel. The walls surround what has to be at least a few acres of land that lead you though gardens, to courtyards, spas to pools, tea rooms to restaurants. 

When your staying there, everything else really does fade away. The sound of motorcycles become bird songs, dirty streets become gravel pathways, so on and so on. 

 I'm usually not one to share hotel rooms but these rooms were exquisite. From the perfect colors, rug details, bottle of wine, tile inlay and original doors leading to private balcony- perfection. 

I'm usually not one to share hotel rooms but these rooms were exquisite. From the perfect colors, rug details, bottle of wine, tile inlay and original doors leading to private balcony- perfection. 

La Mamounia Marrakesh

Garden Dreams

 Side garden at La Mamounia

Side garden at La Mamounia

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The detailing on the foreground wall is all hand laid stone. The juxtaposition of that detailing with that of the Caftan was a perfect example of how the culture manifest in both fashion, architecture and beyond. 

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Rosé All Day

Poolside at La Mamounia

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I loved the way the trees turned colors at nightfall.

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Goodbye- For Now

A shameless elevator selfie (which I wish you could see better- the leather lined walls and antique details made it reminiscent of a jewel box).

Part 2- YSL Gardens  + More Coming in the next week.