Marrakesh Research Trip Essentials by Ali

We’re off this week on our SS14 design trip to Marrakesh to soak up a bit of Souk culture and sunshine.  I’m bringing my drawing kit of course (it is a research trip after all) but I’ve also packed some city essentials with an emphasis on chic cover-ups and sun care. This isn’t a sponsored post by the way, just stuff I bought in shops and I’m  taking with me because it’s genuinely useful.  
A good book is my number one item because all my collections are designed with a book in the background. AW12 and SS13 were influenced by Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke and my travels around Africa. On this trip I’m reading The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowels, which may or may not turn out to influence the SS14 collection.
One of our SS13 straw visors will be my go to item to protect me from the rays while I explore and barter in the markets. I’m supplementing with Kiehls factor 50, I’m too white to be too careful.  And just in case some Paw Paw ointment for chapped, dry, in need of attention, bitten, scraped skin and lips. Whatever the issue slap some Paw Paw on it and job’s a good-un.
My Ganni shirt, Alexa de Castilho necklace and Rock Optika sunnies will also be coming with me. I’m planning souk seeing, strolls around botanical gardens, museums from the customary riad blot hole.
If you’ve been to Marrakesh and been inspired I’d love to hear from you on Twitter.

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