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.

http://michele-baconnier.net/

You can send orders to michele.baconnier@neuf.fr

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

06.20.56.25.71
04.94.97.49.59

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

in Paris :
au salon “MAISON ET OBJET” HALL 1 MIC.

Cellphone : +33 0620562571
Telephone : 04.94.97.49.59

Hanout in Marrakech

hanout store in Marrakesh

As we know Marrakech is a veritable hot-bed of fashion and barely a week passes without another boutique opening. Equally, our shopping list is never-ending with yet more ‘must-buy’ items added all the time.

One of our long-time favourites, which we would like to share with you, is Hanout. According to their promotional material, Hanout “reflects the magic of the Orient in designer chic comfort” and we quite agree. ‘Hanout’ means store in Moroccan Arabic.

Founded by Meriem Rawlings the brand encapsulates the beauty of Moroccan traditional clothing such as Kaftans and Takchitta but with a modern accent.

Rawlings studied at London’s St Martins School of Fashion and is now based in Marrakech, working with dozens of talented artisans who work on embroidery, bead work and colour overlay.

We especially like the kilim boots, sequinned waistcoats and floaty dresses. We are not alone either. Famously, the singer-songwriter Natasha Atlas has also worn the clothes for an album photo-shoot and the Hanout label has been sold in London department store, Selfridges.

Hanout can be found at Sidi Abdelaziz (location hint: head to the popular Souk Cherifa and look for the store under the Terrasse des Epices). Take a taxi to Dar el Pacha and with the palace on your right, keep walking straight ahead. You’ll see some wicker lampshades and a sign Terrasse des Epices that will be on your right. The boutiques are on the first floor. Just be prepared to give your credit card a bruising!

http://hanout.ma

 

 

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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; 33ruemajorelle.com

Photo courtesy of 33 Rue Majorelle

From AD, http://www.architecturaldigest.com/ad/travel/2012/marrakech-moroco-travel-shopping-guide-slideshow#/slide=18

bracelets 33 rue majorelle concept store in Marrakech

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Popham Design – Marrakech-Morocco-inspired

Popham tiles Marrakech new designs

American designers Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes live in Marrakech and own the Moroccan tile company Popham Design.

Inspired by the traditional style of Moroccan cement tiles, all the tiles they create have been carefully made by hand by skilled artisans in their Marrakech factory.

The designers say that they are inspired by everyday life in Marrakech, from “the curve of an arch, a delicate carved wooden ceiling, the branch of an almond tree” to “the shadow cast by the wheel of a donkey cart”.

Grouped into four collections – scribbles + loops, classics + twists, flora + fauna, and plain + shapely – the patterns have been designed with flexibility in mind so that they can sit together in many different ways.

The tiles can work as wall and floor coverings and can be put outside or in – they’re expensive but given the degree of artistry involved, this is not surprising. The tiles are for sale around the world in selected showrooms and via the website. To find out more and to see the designs, visit www.pophamdesign.com

Kulchi – home accessories interior design store in Marrakesh

kulchi store in Marrakech, shopping in Marrakesh, great finds, Moroccan

While we thoroughly recommend getting into the souk and shopping for your own carefully sourced rug, we have to admit that we are rather taken with Kulchi, an Australian-owned company who have a showroom in Marrakech (appointment only, +212 (0) 639 221 259).

Owned by Cassandra Karinsky, who has lived and experienced Morocco over the past six years, she first designed her own kaftan range before moving into the world of interiors.  Today, with a colleague, she sources the finest quality –and original- carpets and mats from trusted sources.

Also, as well as textiles, furniture and rugs Kulchi works with Patrick Manac’h in Marrakech to sell prints of his collection of images of Moroccan daily life – dating back to the 1870’s. They are available on semi-gloss in sepia or black and white, a great gift for anyone with a love of Morocco.

Kulchi (meaning ‘everything’ in Arabic) is also a great resource if you get home and decide you want to commission your own carpet or if you, like us, admire Cassandra’s chic taste.

http://www.kulchi.com

 

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Ministry of Taste

Ministero del Gusto Marrakech Design riad Italian Modern Art Former style editor, Alessandra Lippini of Italian Vogue and her partner, Fabrizio Bizzarri, have to be one of the most stylish couples in Marrakech. It’s true that there are quite a few concept shops now in the city, but this fabulously fashionable pair kick-started the trend several years ago and their emporium-cum-gallery, Ministero Del Gusto, is an inspirational and good looking space.

Racks of carefully chosen vintage couture clothes stand alongside designer wooden furniture, bas reliefs and trinkets that have been sourced from all around the world. The space is also a hive of creativity and a few times a year the couple put on an art exhibition or a musical gathering, a taster of their art and design school which they have created along with Italian architect Sergio Calatroni located out in Tahanaoute (20km or so away). Make an appointment if you can, but impromptu visits are also welcomed.

http://www.ministerodelgusto.com

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