I am so excited to launch my fall collection, and so grateful for all the support of Interwoven this past year. Our big move from the Middle East has been no easy task, but we are settling in, and Interwoven is ready to really take off! I've been waiting to share my latest shopping trip with you... I chose to return to Morocco for a second time, but along with friends. It was an absolutely incredible experience, and I hope I can give you a small glimpse into this beautiful country.
The plan was to travel with three great ladies I've met while living abroad. We flew into Casablanca and then drove to Rabat, the capitol city. I was extremely lucky to have Camille, my dear friend with the ability to speak French, Arabic, and a little Spanish, which proved to be very handy in the Northern region.
We toured Rabat, the capitol city, and then drove to Ifrane, a little mountain town known as the Switzerland of Morocco. It was beautiful, and felt surprisingly like home. In the morning, we made the beautiful drive to Khenifra, where we were met by a local Berber friend, who guided us to a rug auction. This place was fantastic, as the women who weaved the gorgeous textiles came straight to the market and sold their goods. I could've spent all day there, and it's where I bought the bulk of my collection. It was so interested to see these Berber women with their colorful djellabas along with their children. I tried to imagine what their life must be like...where artisan handicrafts are such a big part of their lives.
The next morning we drove on to Fez, the grandest of imperial cities. We stayed in an absolutely beautiful riad, where we met lots of new friends. That really might have been the highlight of my trip. We did lots of shopping, visited the tanneries, and had the most incredible evening meals prepared by the family that ran the riad.
After our adventure in Fez, we made the journey north, to Chefchaouen, which was strikingly beautiful. The riads and homes were painted blue, and the winding roads inside the medina were overlooked up above by a picturesque Spanish mosque which we made a memorable hike to.
We finished the trip up with a drive even farther north to a town called Akchour. Oh my! An amazing hike up to a gorgeous series of waterfalls, and then a traditional Moroccan lunch just beside them. Ahh. I won't ever forget it. Morocco is incredible, and I will go back again and again. I can't say enough about the people who helped us while on our journey and the friends I've met. Most importantly, I'm incredibly grateful to the artisans of this beautiful country for keeping their traditions alive, so we can learn more about them.
I hope you enjoy the collection.