We traveled the world over and discovered curated destinations rife with the beautiful and unexpected. Each piece we’ve sourced around the globe embodies a different country that specializes in the skills and rich materials of that design. But, more than that, these pieces are symbolic of their respective places of origin: countries filled with incredible culture and an endless list of explorations. Let these origins inspire your next great getaway by way of handpicked hotels, courtesy of our friends at Mr & Mrs Smith.
Argentina is the origin of our bestselling Travel Case Set, born four years ago when our inspired Co-Founders traveled there to source the materials and artisans that define the brand today. It was then that they met a true artisan with a great talent for design. His passion lies in the art of “marroquinería” (the practice of making leather goods). He told us “this work makes me truly happy. I love to create, produce and challenge myself to always be better.” Since we met him, he has spoken fondly of the great beauty and spirit that exists in his country, and every time we visit, we fall more in love with the culture and all that it has to offer.
WHERE TO STAY: Estancia la Bamba de Areco's gorgeous ranch grounds, first-class equestrian heritage, and historical-inspired style are what South American adventures are made of. Just add an inviting swimming pool, days filled with beautifully elaborate barbecues and a staff dressed like gauchos, and it’s the perfect escape.
The origin of our divinely soft alpaca pieces, Peru has had an important narrative in our brand story since 2011. Our partners in Peru have become like family, and each piece they create is hand-woven to perfection by their skilled artisans. This gorgeous country has so much to offer, from the beautiful colonial city of Cusco to the epic trek to Machu Picchu: it could be explored for weeks on end.
WHERE TO STAY: Titilaka sits on the shores of Lake Titicaca in an intimate setting, an hour from any town in Peru. A short boat ride from the birthplace of the Incans, this artful, all-inclusive hideaway is a true escape from reality. The stellar staff create a tranquil, sophisticated haven on this scenic peninsula seemingly placed at the earth's edge.
For decades, Scotland has been the global expert in creating and producing gorgeous cashmere pieces. It’s the first place where they learned how to CARD cashmere in the early 1800s, making it prized above all other cashmere in the world. Our sumptuously soft cashmere scarves are not only the perfect staple for the cooler months, but are an effortless addition to any trip to Scotland. From the Highlands to Loch Ness, anyone would fall in love with this country. The charming city of Edinburgh in particular offers a perfect blend of culture and charisma.
WHERE TO STAY: The G&V Royal Mile Hotel introduces a touch of color and elegance to the rich, historical stone architecture found in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Most rooms in this luxe getaway have views of the nearby castle or other scenic sights, while the restaurant and bar exude a feeling of glamour.
Ecuador is the home of our polished Panama hat—crafted entirely by hand from beginning to end in the Andes region. This very first essential in our collection is closely tied to the origins of our brand and the roots of our Co-Founder and CEO, Karla Gallardo. All of our Toquilla straw hats are rich with the history and artisanship of Ecuador, offering a higher quality than the mass-produced mainstreams. Whether you’re craving the adventure of the Amazon jungle, or simply want to discover in the historical city of Quito, this country is an underrated destination for exploration.
WHERE TO STAY: Casa Gangotena is a prestigious family manor house turned boutique hotel located in the middle of Quito. It peers out over a historical plaza that embodies 1920s elegance and colonial charm, with a grand terrace perfect for soaking up the postcard-perfect city views, and a restaurant serving modern, memorable Ecuadorian cuisine.
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