4.23.2014

THE COLORS OF TAROUDANT




LES COULEURS DE TAROUDANT
This is the Sunday market in Taroudant, southwest of Marrakesh, Morocco. We found a lot of plastic and a lot of Chinese made items. 

Mixed in were a few truly Moroccan ..displays. 
The fresh-squeezed orange juice vendor.

Tomorrow, back to Tanger to check on orders and to work on the next few additions to our line. 
Pompoms, neutrals and texture. Big pieces.

Oh, and will I ever find decent cotton labels? 
I did find great looking hang tags. That's the way to go. 
But labels are compulsory and they stay on the item. You can never have enough exposure...




au revoir.



4.03.2014

THE BIRDS OF MARRAKESH






LES OISEAUX DE MARRAKECH

I just came back from Taroudant, Marrakesh and Tangier, Morocco. Half leisure, half work, all great!
Tomorrow I will share some photos of our accommodations and our delightfully helpful hosts as well as an exceptional house owned by our friend London-based French designer François Gilles, all in Taroudant.
For the time being here is a quirky look at the avian offerings on display in Marrakesh. The downside: we were asked- rather aggressively- to pay for taking pictures (even when the subject was a vendor's street stall and in the case of the shot above, a "showman" amusing everyone with his white bird "pièce montée" ("stack", translated loosely).
I love the minimal, clock-like stork motif on the door above!
FYI, Taroudant is a "mini Marrakesh" with no peddling, no pretense and wonderful architecture in "pisé", the adobe-like material typical of the south of the country.

au revoir.



3.03.2014

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS









L'IMPORTANCE DES DETAILS


Our customer L'Adresse has chosen our Berna foutas for their corporate gifts.
(They are one of the best "Art Buyers" in Paris, winners of 3 Lion D'Or in Cannes in 2013!) 
We provided them with abanjá promotional cards and they went with a simple jute twine to keep it in place on our ethnic-chic turkish fouta. We love the result! 

We know their clients will enjoy this wonderful cotton towel as it gets softer and softer with each passing season. Beach season, that is...


au revoir.






2.26.2014

THE abanjá PRIVATE COLLECTION




TANGER: LA PETITE COLLECTION PRIVE


I have designed a small 4 piece "abanjá for Las Chicas" collection for the quirky, trendy, happy Tangier concept store Las Chicas. Here is part of it in situ: hand towels and foutas in day-glow orange, yellow, and pink on white with gray. Today s smaller hand towel and a table runner is being delivered.
Las Chicas sold the first piece to a very, very good friend who had not guessed they were mine...
Pathetic PR or too much humble pie?
One last sunny day in Tangier and home tomorrow. Too bad I'll be spending most of it with a weaver at a loom in the weaver compound (called a funduk) But seeing samples coming out in front of your eyes, that's the fun part!!






au revoir.






2.22.2014

TANGIER, MOROCCO: WHAT IS NEW?





TANGER:Y A-T-IL DU NOUVEAU?

The wonderful Berber cheese is still sold on a Palm leaf with a "belt" of braided grass around it.

The Pavlova is still beautiful and delicious at Las Chicas

But the neighbor has pulled all the stops in the curb appeal department!




au revoir.






2.19.2014

OFF TO HUNT IN MOROCCO





JE PARS A LA CHASSE AU MAROC...



not THAT kind of hunt... I would NEVER, EVER hunt an animal!- 
No, I am headed there to possibly find/design/buy the most attractive pieces for our new line. 
We promise authenticity, sophistication, fun and comfort. That's our brief for the winter line, here at abanjá. 

And if it takes a 7:00 AM flight to find "la perle rare", so be it! 

au revoir.





2.14.2014

Valentine's day





HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

il etait une faim


Have a lot of love today. 

Wait! 

let's just keep that same feeling going until next year...


au revoir.