Ultratravel U.S.

Summer 2014

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A perfect day: I love to work when I travel. I like the idea of traveling as if I actually lived in the place, really experiencing the day-to-day and being a part of the culture instead of being a spectator. It's a wonderful way to get to know the people. When I go to Turkey, I visit the artisans that I work with, and there's a cook who prepares lunch for everyone at work. They put a beautiful old door on the floor and everyone gathers and sits to eat this wonderful homemade meal together. It's great to be able to take a break from the demands of work and talk over a delicious meal. And I definitely need to shop. Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in Turkey, is one of my favorite places to go for fantastic ceramics, textiles and jewelry. 26 ultratravel Style Setter Unforgettable trip: The first time I traveled to India was in the 90s before it was such a popular destination for Westerners. It felt so special and unspoiled. You could travel without obligation to check email, so you could connect instead with the culture, the people and the food. The vibrancy was in everything around you—the smell of spice, the busy streets filled with animals, the beautifully painted elephants and the rainbow of colors in the women's saris. It was intoxicating. I stayed at a hotel an hour outside of Jaipur called Samode Palace, a beautifully restored Rajasthan palace with exquisite courtyards and public spaces. Favorite view: The Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur, a hotel that floats on top of the water. There is something pure magic about it. You feel as if you've been transported to some otherworldly paradise. It also has an amazing spa. Designer Madeline Weinrib might have textiles in her genes (her family founded ABC Carpet & Home), but she created her own devoted following by translating her background in painting to a reconceptualization of the traditional medium of carpets. Since launching her eponymous brand in 1997, she's expanded to textiles and accessories and collaborated with Manolo Blahnik, New York's Neue Galerie and Sebastian + Barquet. For the NYC-based Weinrib, traveling is required for inspiration, and with such a passion for what she does, it is any wonder countries renowned for their textiles—like Morocco, India and Turkey—are regular stamps in her passport? Travel philosophy: There should be a sense of ease, but that doesn't mean compromising style for comfort. My own Ikat tote, a perfect carry-on, is a great example. Repeat destinations: I visit Morocco, India and Turkey every year for work. They're such rich cultures, each with its own rhythm, magnificent in their differences. I think there's an emotional connection to places that are rooted in something as personal as your work. I try to return to Italy whenever I can. I lived there after college with an Italian boyfriend. The people are so welcoming there. Plus, the culture is centered around food; it's where I learned to cook. Most impressive meal: Every time I'm in Morocco, I make a reservation at the restaurant at Ksar Char-Bagh, which is a Relais & Châteaux hotel in Marrakesh. Ritual upon arrival: I grab a cappuccino and go— no resting! I find that's the best way to fight jet lag: Just get going. Favorite airlines: Virgin Airlines and British Airways. The Brits really have it right when it comes to travel; the planes and lounges are just fantastic. I love catching up on movies and sleep, sleep, sleep. Planning ahead: I would much rather be spontaneous, but in the world we live in, it's become harder to do. For instance, next April I'll be showing at Salone del Mobile in Milan and I've already booked my room at the Four Seasons. On San Francisco: I opened a showroom in San Francisco recently and I've really enjoyed spending more time there. It's a design-oriented city with great food and I'm lucky to have lots of friends there, too, which is really important. Giving back: My hand-knotted Mala carpet was inspired by the texture and style of vintage Moroccan carpets. All proceeds go to Project Mala, a nonprofit organization committed to building schools and eliminating child labor in the carpet- weaving regions of India. Collecting: I collect a lot on my travels. I've been collecting Ottoman textiles from Istanbul and vintage Moroccan Berber carpets since my first trips in the 90s. I wanted to keep them all to myself but I've been selling them since so many people have asked me for them! Whenever I'm in Venice, I pick up Venetian glass. I've amassed quite a collection in all different colors and styles, which I mix and match for a fun table setting. Gift giving: I love to bring back gifts, like big Turkish towels from the Grand Bazaar or Moroccan argan oil. I bring back a tea that everyone seems to love, Makaibari from India. It's considered to be the best Darjeeling tea. Travel essentials: I made a caftan of silk georgette that I love to travel with because it doesn't wrinkle. The Hot Pink store in Jaipur is my go-to for pashminas because of the range of colors and amazing quality. I always pack Rag & Bone cigarette jeans, Barton Perreira sunglasses and my gold Lanvin ballet flats because they go with everything, and a sketch pad, so I can draw whenever something strikes me. Samode Palace Best spa: The hammams in Istanbul. My favorite is at Les Ottomans, a boutique hotel on the shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. The views are amazing and the hammam is private and über-luxe. PRINT PRINCESS On her way to Morocco, Madeline Weinrib tells us about breathtaking views, what the English do best and the inevitability of mixing work with pleasure. BY ZOE SETTLE A shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

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