Place Vendôme leather store in Marrakech

bags from leather store in Marrakech

If you’re in the market for some leather bags – but don’t particularly want what is on offer in the souks – go to Guèliz. There are a couple of stores along the main shopping street, Mohamed V, around the crossroads with Rue de la Liberté, that offer modern styles and much better quality than in the souks.

The dyes don’t run, the leather doesn’t smell bad and the long-term quality is far superior.  They don’t have designer labels – but do designer labels really matter especially if you’re saving a lot of money? If what you want is a good quality bag in terms of design, leather, and style, you will be happy you made the trip.

Place Vendôme in Marrakech has been around for years – they offer bags, belts, leather jackets and even saddles – all at much lower prices than in Europe.

bags at Place Vendome boutique in Marrakech

141, av. Mohammed V, corner of Rue de la Liberté, Marrakesh, Morocco

Closed Sundays

Tel.: 05 24 43 52 63

Michèle Baconnier boutique in Marrakesh

Michele Baconnier boutique in Marrakech

Designer Michèle Baconnier is known for her re-designs of that quintessential Moroccan slipper, the babouche. Her store in the new town of Marrakech, Gueliz, also sells women’s and children’s clothing, jewelry, household accessories, such as gorgeous blankets and throws.

A passionate traveller and a creative designer, she combines both passions to produce an abundance of colourful, delightful designs – quite unique.

Her boutique in Marrakech is in a small street off Rue de la Liberté, rue des vieux Marrakchis, Guèliz, where you will also find the David Bloch Gallery of modern art, Moor, Amina and Atelier Nihal.

You can send orders to

You can find her products at Ramatuelles (St Tropez)
By appointment only :

Marrakech boutique :
12 rue des vieux marrakchis, MARRAKECH GUELIZ
Tel : 05 24 44 91 78

in Paris :

Cellphone : +33 0620562571
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Scènes de Lin, boutique in Marrakech

Scènes de Lin is a well-established chic boutique in the new town of Guèliz in Marrakech – definitely worth making the effort to find. It’s on the Rue de la Liberté now re-named to Rue El Houria. It is located east off the main shopping street, Rue Mohamed V, where Carré Eden, the new apartment/shopping complex is located.

Scenes de lin shopping in Marrakech

The clothing and home decorative items are designed with a distinct Moroccan flavor made to a very high standard, in terms of both manufacturing and design.

The designer, Anne-Marie Chaoui has been living in Marrakech since 2000 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her former career in the textile industry.

You can find all kinds of interior decorative items from fabrics, to sofas, to dishes, bathroom accessories, linens, clothing, caftans, tunics, even hats. All lovely designs – you’ll want to take home everything.

Scènes de Lin is also now in Paris – just in case you can’t get to Marrakech. If you can’t make it to Paris either, try their e-store

Their website is in French but you can always use Google translate if you don’t read French. The photos don’t need translating. They are all beautiful and inspirational.

70, rue El Houria
(formerly rue de la Liberté)

Contact : Anne-Marie Chaoui
Tel : +212 5 24 43 61 08
Email :
Open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 :30 p.m. and from 3 :30 p.m. to 7 :30 p.m.


Great design in Marrakech

Atelier Nihal – boutique in Marrakech


Evening bag Atelier Nihal boutique in Marrakech

Atelier Nihal is a perfect example of the blend of European design combined with Moroccan skills. It has been around for 11 years.

The designer, Marion Verdier, designs and produces traditional and bespoke hand-woven fabrics on traditional hand looms. The difference between her work and what is made in the suqs in the old city of Marrakech is the more contemporary way of mixing textures: leather, beads, wool …





The looms can produce fabrics from 60 cm to 2 meters wide and is sold by the linear meter. The workshop produces very high quality items made from the fabric. Many prestige hotels have ordered accessories from Atelier Nihal including the Mamounia Hotel, Palais Namaskar, Four Seasons Hotel …

Atelier Nihal also works with a lot of interior designers.

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Marion has a workshop in the design district of Sidi Ghanem, on the outskirts of Marrakech that people are welcome to visit. Sidi Ghanem is the crucible for many avant-garde designs.

bag Atelier Nihal shopping in Marrakech

In her store in the Rue des Vieux Marrakechi in the new town, Gueliz, in Marrakech, you’ll find quite unique items, from tiny change purses to larger bags and cushion covers. They are all high-quality items.

A store worth visiting.




Cushions Atelier Nihal shopping in Marrakech


266, Q.I. Sidi Ghanem
Route de Safi, Marrakech
 16, rue des Vieux Marrakchis
Gueliz, Marrakech
 212 (0)6 71 16 01 62

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33 Rue Majorelle – near Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech

interior store 33 rue Majorelle Marrakech

If Colette is Europe’s best concept store, 33 Rue Majorelle, owned by Monique Bresson and Yehia Abdelnour, is arguably the African equivalent. Located down the street from the Jardin Majorelle botanical park and museum in Guéliz, the two-story shop—part boutique, part art gallery, part café—takes Maghrebi style standards and makes them mightily mod. Hence the store’s motto: “Shop differently.” Among the covetable offerings made by inventive, mostly Moroccan talents are traditional woven-raffia slippers with a Coco Chanel vibe (thanks to a cap-toe design and a combination of black and cream fibers), luxurious scarves wrought in delectable sorbet shades, and glamorous hand-embroidered coats. 33 Rue Yves Saint Laurent; 011-212-524-31-41-95;

Photo courtesy of 33 Rue Majorelle

From AD,

bracelets 33 rue majorelle concept store in Marrakech

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Héritage Berbère Parfumerie Marrakesh

Marrakech perfumes heritage berbere

Travellers often wax lyrical about the myriad of wonderful and fragrant smells that drift across Marrakech at different times of the year. The gardens, rich with jasmine and orange blossom that bloom in the sun send forth their scents while oil burners in riads and shops warm the heady scents of bergamot and rose.

It is a lot to take in and many travellers wish to bottle the scents up and carry them home. A wonderful reminder of warmer climes during chilly winters back home… One of the best places to buy authentic Moroccan perfumes is Berber Heritage Boutique located just by Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle.

There are many scents to choose from, for women and men. We like the Twilight Passion and Audacity Berber Fuge for ladies and the Touareg Secret Oud, Nommatitude or Berber Earth for men. On entering the shop the gentle aromas of honey, almonds, mandarin waft around, all inspired by the souks of Marrakech. The beautifully packaged perfumes make for a special souvenir or gift for loved-ones back home, they also offer a mail-order service too.

Villa Dar Sabah, Av. Yacoub El Mansour.



Yahya Creation – exquisite lamps

Yahya creation, beautiful lamps, shopping in marrakech

Yahya Rouach’s client list may now include Harrods and Saudi princes, but don’t let that put you off. His lanterns and screens may be highly sought-after but given the amount of work that goes into each and every one, they are worth every dirham. The arcade outlet in Guèliz is more of a showroom than a shop, but it deserves to be visited nonetheless.

Yahya is known as the ‘genie’ of Moroccan lanterns and he makes these in either bronze, nickel or silver. His wall-hangings and lanterns are hand-crafted in the traditional way with perforated metalwork. The perforations make for wonderful shadows and all pieces are completely unique. With such precision in every piece, it is almost impossible to believe that it is man, not machine, who has created them. The band of artisan staff who work with Yahya have all been personally selected and have been drawn from all corners of Morocco and together they all work with tiny jewellery saws to make these fabulous creations.

Yahya_Roach at work Marrakech Yahya detailed work, lanterns, lamps, Marrakech,








Look out for the backlit mirrors, which are particularly special, and note that most of the pieces are now collectors’ items.

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Art de Vivre Exhibition Marrakech March 27 to 31 2013


This year’s exhibition takes place in Marrakech at the Palais des Congres from March 27th to 31st, 2013. Here you will find new designs in home decor, furnishings, bed linens, garden furniture, and artwork.  Natural beauty products and wellness products made in Morocco are also exhibited here and available for purchase.

Art de Vivre exhibition Marrakech

The exhibition is a trade show for hotels in Marrakech, importers, exporters, designers, architects, etc. but it is also open to the public – and many foreigners love looking around the exhibits to get ideas for their home. Marrakech is a great meeting place for designers and craftsmen – a marriage that has led to many exciting new high-quality products that blend modernity with tradition.

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