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Be it their oversized jhumkas, butterfly inspired rings or neo-gothic chokers, co-creators (and sisters) Kaabia Grewal Shah and Sasha Grewal of Outhouse ensure that their pieces exude freshness. Global references are a repeated theme in their work and a spirit to travel innately seems to wrapped in whatever they create. One look at their insta-feed will justify their passion for discovering scenic nooks and corners from across the world. “Whenever we travel, inspiration comes in a variety of forms; colours, textures and shapes” says Kaabia. “Sometimes we just want to pay tribute and celebrate place and it’s culture, and the same manifests in our creations,” she adds.

Kaabia Grewal's shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico. Image: Courtesy Outhouse

 

Kaabia Grewal Shah is a true blue traveller at heart; proof lies in her three-day grand wedding extravaganza in Vietnam. On her recent holiday, Shah explored the South American cities of Mexico and Cartagena. Known for their colourful colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, exotic cuisine and charming beaches, these destinations are meant for more than just one-time visits. Why? Over the years they have risen to be hotspots for fashion and culture.

Here is Kaabia Grewal‘s shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico.

Cartagena
ST Dom
Image: Courtesy Instagram
Image: Courtesy Instagram

Just in case you want to immerse yourself in the true Colombian culture, this is a one-stop-shop. From tropically-inspired fashion comprising of leather goods to stunning jewellery and off-beat accessories to interesting artisanal home decor, and modern Latin literature and art, you will find everything here. The store is a mecca for emerging talent and boasts of labels such as  Johanna Ortiz, Kika vargas, Azulu, Ballen Pellettiere, Suki Cohen and more.

What to buy: Statement dresses, accessories to footwear

Casa Chiqui
Shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico. Image: Courtesy Instagram
Image: Courtesy Instagram

Located in a 1930s warehouse, the store is a brainchild of Colombian socialite Chiqui de Echavarría. Just in case you want to embellish your living space with art, accessories and home decor pieces from Bali, Morocco to South America, this space has it all. To top it over, Echavarría has recently launched her own jewellery and accessory line which is also available at the store.

What to buy: Tableware, furniture and home linens

Silvia Tcherassi

Silvia Tcherassi

A native of Barranquilla, Silvia Tcherassi is a force to reckon with in international fashion. Donned by the likes of Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez, Tcherassi commands a network of stores spread across the globe. But her store in Cartagena is one-of-a-kind. Its a boutique along with a hotel, so just in case you are tired of shopping you can literally relax in that space. Needless to say, some of the chicest fashion pieces are on offer. With her intricate sense of colourways, prints, and silhouettes every piece seems to be cut out for a traveler.

What to buy: Crisp white shirts and statement resort wear

Territorio
Shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico. Image: Courtesy Instagram
Image: Courtesy Instagram

Located in the heart of Cartagena, Territorio is a platform for emerging Columbian artists and designers who are reinterpreting the local traditional crafts. From Werregue vases created by the Wounnan indigenous tribe, Macrame hammocks to a whole range of handcrafted jewelry and accessories comprising of clutches, hats, and backpacks there is everything Instagram worthy in the store.

What to buy: Hammocks and jewelry pieces.

Artesanías de Colombia

Just in case you want to do some charity while shopping, Artesanías de Colombia is the space to be. Created under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism of Colombia space aims to promote local crafts and ensures that its 70 percent of the profits go back to the local artisans. Once you enter the carefully curated space you will be welcomed wide of range of local pottery, beaded jewelry, hammocks, and other homeware pieces. 

What to buy: Handmade lampshades and tableware

Mexico
The Feathered
Shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico. Image: Courtesy Instagram
Image: Courtesy Instagram

For anyone on a lookout for young designers from across the globe, this is the place to be. The store traces its roots to Miami, Florida, where it opened its doors in 2012 but was relocated to Mexico 2014. Revamped and with their recent launch of an online platform, space is dedicated to designers with a strong narrative. You will find names such as Cecilie Bahnsen, Barbara Bologna and leading Latin American luxury label Maison Alma, all stocking their finest jackets, deconstructed shirts to needles pleated skirts. Shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico

What to buy: Embellished jackets, tailored trousers.

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Shopping guide to Cartagena & Mexico is incomplete without this one. Many call it Mexico’s answer to L.A’s Rodeo Drive. A long stretch lined up with an eclectic mix of stores is a haven for anyone who wants to say ahead in the trend game. Lago DF, a brainchild of Regina Barrios and Alessandro Cerruti (founders of Caravana American design fair) is known for its eclectic mix of purely Mexican designers. The store aims to promote younger, domestic talent. Carla Fernández and Cynthia Butenkeppler are some of the labels they stock. Upcoming designer Raquel Orozco‘s boutique has also garnered rave reviews. Once you step in the store a wide range of jewellery, dresses, and accessories welcomes you. Another cool boutique is that of Sandra Weil. Known for her work inspired by Bauhaus architecture; think boxy tops, wide-legged trousers and slouchy shirts. You will find everything that’s easy to slip into showcased in the store.

What to buy: Lined with a number of cool boutiques by local designers, there is a lot of explore.

Pasionarte
Image: Courtesy Facebook
Image: Courtesy Facebook

Just in case you want to loop in some cool hats in your wardrobe, Pasionarte might have some answers. From cool straw hats to bowler hats, for all the travelers who want to keep it stylish, this store won’t leave you disappointed.

What to buy: What else, hats!

 

 

 

 

 

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.