Rae's Journal

  • Firstly, I apologise for the fact that we lapsed in the blog department for the last months but the good news is, we are back and I want to kick off with a trip we did recently to Essaouria, Morocco.

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    Marrakesh, as we all know, has been at the forefront of many people buckets list of the last years. It’s perfect for a mini break. Not too long a flight and we arrive in what is culturally a very different world. On my first visit I likened it to going on to huge film set. I was blown away by the colour, the people, the food, the architecture, the noise, the atmosphere, the diversity...

    We wanted to shoot our Spring Summer 19 collection somewhere a little raw, colourful, atmospheric and most importantly a strong chance we would get good light/sunshine. Morocco in early March ticked all the boxes expect this time we chose the coastal city (small city) of Essaouria, 2 and half hours north of Marrakech.

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    Formally known as Mogador, the name means “The picture”  in Arabic and it is a painters dream. Lots of vibrant colours in the medina. Bright blues, whites, pinks and oranges.

    The Port surrounded by sand stone walls contrasting with the colourful fishing boats.

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    Along the port as masses of little outdoor restaurants.  Important to note none serve alcohol and they are all fighting for business so be prepared to be bombarded however when you do make your choice its very calm. I would guess all are the same standard and same price.

    We stayed in Riad Malaika. The host was charming and the staff so helpful HOWEVER, the chef was off the scale. A 24 year old girl who was so passionate about cooking that from young age watched You Tube videos of really high end French chefs and is totally self taught. I rarely have eaten so well. We were all blown away.

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    There are many Riads in Essaouria and I would strongly recommend staying in a Riad as opposed to a hotel. Instagram is brilliant for research. We shot in one of the loveliest I have ever seen - 5 columns. Owned and restored by an English couple.

    In short, Essaouria is well worth a visit. I might even suggest a 2 stop trip. Marrakesh and Essaouria. Hire a car but BEWARE of very corrupt traffic police. Stick to speed and signs. They do not take credit cards - say no more!!!

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