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Kebede’s new Lemlem scarves.

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Silvia Tcherassi: Designer

Since launching a namesake label in 1992, Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi has developed a cult following at home and beyond for her body-conscious, brightly hued pieces with unexpected boho flair; she’s even set up shop in Coral Gables, Florida. Having originally trained as an interior designer, Tcherassi is now returning to her roots with a forthcoming furniture line and, as of last month, the first in a clutch of Tcherassi Hotels. In collaboration with Estudio Morfo architects, the designer transformed a centuries-old mansion into a seven-suite colonial-contemporary retreat in Cartagena’s unesco-protected Casco Viejo (Old Town) where, she says, “every corner is a mystery waiting to be discovered.” —David Kaufman

Tcherassi’s Cartagena

  • Galería Cano “For inspiration I head to this jewelry and art boutique, where they reproduce gold and emerald pre-Columbian pieces.”
  • Teatro Adolfo Mejía “The theater was built in 1911 to celebrate 100 years of Colombian independence. It’s an architectural treasure.”
  • Restaurante La Vitrola “This restaurant is a local institution, with a six-man Cuban band. I love the grilled fish and patacones (crispy fried plantains).”

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