Elite Traveler Spring 2019

Seaside shopping Johanna Ortiz, Silvia Tcherassi, Mercedes Salazar and Adriana Castro are just a few fashion designers who call Colombia home; each has a strong presence in the city. St Dom is where the fashion set shop, and it carries more than 100 Colombian designers for men, women and children. For artisan- made accessories, shoes and homeware, you can’t miss Casa Chiqui. Looking for Colombian emeralds? Lucy Jewelry has the most exquisite gems. lucyjewelrycartagena.com, stdom.co


Colombian chic If there’s ever a place to wear head-to-toe color, it’s Cartagena. A ruffled dress from Silvia Tcherassi will make you fit right in for nights dancing at La Movida, as will a handmade clutch from local label M Sasa. A pair of earrings from Casa Chiqui adds a dose of whimsy — this set is made with cotton tassels, pom-poms and tiny charms. ticartagena.com


Casa Chiqui Wayuú Tradicional Earrings, $450, Casa Chiqui, +57 566 854 29, casachiqui.com

Martin Pescador Panama hat, $200, El Castillo Plaza, +57 569 433 76, martinpescador.co

Culture and cuisine Cartagena might conjure images of late-night dancing, chilled cervezas and sunbathing on the beach, but it’s also rich in history. Explore El Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas and Museo Del Oro Zenú, go on walking tours or take a day trip to Rosario Islands National Park, a tranquil archipelago off the coast. For dining, María has powerful, aromatic dishes and a lively bar scene; Alma’s outdoor ambience and seafood can’t be beat; and La Marquesita (part of the 2019 Michelin Guide) is quaint with fresh, simple dishes. After hours, enjoy a rum cocktail at the lively Café Havana. fortificacionescartagena.com, banrepcultural.org, mariacartagena.com, almacolombia.com, lamarquesita.net Etro linen blazer, $1,460, farfetch.com

Silvia Tcherassi Albahaca dress, $1,900, Silvia Tcherassi, +57 566 494 03, silviatcherassi.com

Mola Sasa Guacamaya clutch, $450, St Dom, +57 566 401 97 molasasa.com

Cartagena, Colombia’s vibrant, colonial-style homes, buzzing plazas and tasty restaurants paired with friendly people and an easygoing culture will make you never want to leave. Take to its historic cobblestone streets with a bright clutch from a local designer, or a jaunty hat for a sunshine-filled vacation

Mario Hernández loafers, $445, Mario Hernández, +57 566 867 44, mariohernandez.com

South American style Accessorize your laid-back look with a Panama hat fromMartin Pescador. It can be worn from the white-sand beaches of Punta Arena in Tierra Bomba to Café Del Mar for an Aguila-filled sunset happy hour. For nights, pack a linen blazer like this one from Etro or pick one up from local designer Lina Cantillo. Take home a bit of Colombia with a pair of Mario Hernández leather loafers. cafedelmarcartagena.com.co, linacantillo.com


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