All Poufs Are Not Created Equal

08/23/12

The pouf is so popular today that it would be easy to forget that a few years ago most people would say “what is a pouf?” The headless queen herself, Marie Antoinette, would not criticize you if you claimed it as an 18th century hairstyle. I received my first Moroccan pouf from dear friends in 2002. It was butter-soft ivory leather with lime green stitching. It has sat prominently in all my living rooms since. A reminder that age-old design never tires. These friends had moved to Marrakech....

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The Perfect Summer Wrap

06/20/12

I remember one year ‘it’ was a paper thin black t-shirt. More recently ‘it’ was a linen tank top dress with a drawstring empire waist. It’s a black maxi dress. It’s a pink silk-tiered skirt… the ‘it’ I am talking about is the one perfect stylish, comfortable, versatile, cool piece in every woman’s wardrobe that gets thrown on again and again all summer-long. This summer’s IT is a flowing tie-dyed pink and yellow cover up brought to us by Aya’s of Marrakech. I...

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The Story of Kif Kif

05/22/12

I first visited Marrakech in 2009. I walked, talked, and shopped for 10 days – heaven found. I tend to wear all black, but I found myself drawn to the colorful necklaces, flaming embroidered pillows and bright leather clutches of one shop in particular, Kif Kif. Jump ahead to 2011. I am trying to find a ‘fixer’ in Marrakech, a person who can facilitate meeting all the needs of A Curated World. A woman named Stef was recommended several times. She “owns a shop called Kif Kif.” I...

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Shop Akkal

04/09/12

Akkal means clay in Berber. To me it just sounded like a lovely name of a company, something that rolled off the tongue, but as a pottery studio it made perfect sense. We met Charlotte Barkowski on our second day of filming in Marrakech. We started her interview at the parent showroom, Fenyadi, a lovely two story expansive shop in the industrial area outside Marrakech city proper known as Sidi Ghanem. It was lovely, but stark and white and could have been a showroom in any city. Things...

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7 Great Restaurants: Casual Lunch to Upscale Dinner

04/05/12

Le Riad Monceau If you want a classic Moroccan meal in a romantic setting with a fantastic wine list… go to Le Riad Monceau. Located a very short walk from Djemaa El Fna and down a narrow alley – the splendor of this house is enough, but the food that comes from the kitchen allows the day to melt away. Décor aside, it is the renowned artist Isabelle Aubry’s artwork that sets this riad’s elegant tone. ————– Foundouk Foundouk offers inventive...

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Meet Fashion Designer Nawel – Owner of Aya

03/22/12

Nawal, remarkable fashion designer native to Marrakech, takes Kay on a tour of her studio, Aya, and the two discuss building a global community of artisans.

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The Inspiration Behind Lalla Bags

03/12/12

See Kay in the Lalla Studio with handbag designer Laetitia Trouillet. Influenced by the intensive shopping trips in the souks of Marrakech searching for the unexpected, Laetitia shares her inspiration and love of the beautiful city. Find Lalla’s Zarbia Camel bag here. Video Credit: Produced by Ali Sargent, Photography by Christopher Rufo, Edited by Brian Patriacca, Edited by Chris Guevarra, Music Composition by Steve...

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My Mother’s Rolodex

I think I inherited it from my mother. She grew up in a middle-class family in Connecticut, married too young, had three children, and with my dad built a sturdy middle class life in a Boston suburb. Along the way she ran the house, played tennis, smoked, drank gin and tonics, read, volunteered, went back to college and got her degree, and worked as a counselor. She had a passion for the unique and authentic. Her Rolodex was a road map of her travels and a treasure trove of special people and...

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