The Brexit bullshit still giving and depressing many of Britain’s diverse art, fashion and design communities. The open, tolerant and diverse attitudes coming in sharp contrast to the nativism and xenophobia of the result. This has forced many to consider relocating for the sake of their own individuality and their artistic creativity. Pack your sunglasses, its time to explore the cultural beauty, aesthetic delight and spiritual inspiration that comes from Tulum, Mexico.
Mexico is slowly starting to move away from heavy industry-based inward investment and migration in favour of a more creative solution to its own economic needs. The Mexican Government has provided accessible work visas for British and EU citizens looking to relocate. The new VISA will help creative individuals relocate as freelancers and small business owners to Mexico.
Tulum is my dream location, friendly, colourful, huge amounts character, soft sand, clear blue sea, beautiful landscape with plenty of natural wonders to enjoy. Tulum is diverse and authentic, a world away from the Miami tinged Cancun, it attracts a certain type of creative traveller. The textiles, colours and embroidery are as inspiring as the tequila.
Where to live?
For those looking for uniqueness and open space, Tulum provides both. The artistic populace, especially those not from moneyed backgrounds, tend live around the Zama district in Tulum. The properties are priced accordingly. US Dollar are accepted by private landlords over the Peso. In US dollar terms, you can rent a studio with pool access for USD$ 550 a month and a full one bedroom beachside hut for USD$ 1,200. There are diverse types of properties to suit individual needs. We noticed loads of new build apartments to buy, seaside 1 beds for $100, 000 upwards.
Where to eat?
Despite being warned not to, we indulged in plenty of street food, from a couple of cooks with a trolley on the corners serving 3 tacos for 10 pesos to cool food huts on the beach dishing up ceviche they caught that morning, all beyond fresh and like nothing I had tasted before. Those looking for the best tacos fast head to Taqueria el Carboncito, for seafood El Capitan. This isn’t about designer Michelin-starred food, but about authenticity which tastes much better.
The Papaya Playa Project an incredible beach club and hotel committed to sustainability and are well on the way to achieving their mission of becoming a zero emissions and zero contamination community by 2018. The food and cold press drinks are as equally committed to clean, served with dramatic sea views, a flash tropical storm over lunch all set in a responsibly constructed resort using 93% of the original jungle, the experience was unforgettable.
Where to exhibit?
Any artist or designer looking for unique, curated or non-curated space, that can provide the contrasting urban setting with quintessential artistic minimalism should explore the Residencia Gorila a space providing unique creative solutions. The space can be for solo or commercial events and the team can help individuals through the installation and post-installation stages.
Where’s the fashion and style inspiration?
Everywhere. Art, design and history all interweave throughout Tulum. The mural artistry of the communities in Tulum are a symbol of this interactivity between different communities and artistic styles. Those looking for inspiration should explore the mural delights of Tulum. The Zamas Hotel provides the backdrop and space for these murals in public spaces. The murals follow the route throughout the city and distil the history and change that has occurred. For those looking for bespoke fashion, from unique sunglasses to locally produced jewellery, need to explore the unique and niche fashion boutique Caravana Montaecristo. This indy space provides an experience of the caravana of old with a modern twist of seascapes and Mexican cultural uniqueness.
Tulum is a design and cultural mecca and it can provide individuals with the right creative space to help improve their own artistic thinking and creativity.
The right sunnies top off any look, tipping it to the next level of polished cool. Praise be to the artists who are wearing them well and inspiring us today
The Californian -Sixties -Jazz queen style has her wearing big, beyond glamour frames, statement in size and colours, bold baby pastels and light tinted lenses to showcase those huge eyes and long lashes.
2. ZEBRA KATZ
Ten steps ahead dark, sleek, allblackeverything are a few ways to describe Zebra Katz’ style. The New York artist and underground icon wears black often and well.
For this look go for the androgynous Byrogue BUTLER in Black and Gold.
3. Amber Rose
Hip – Hop honey Amber Rose wears pink well. Large fun frames, multi coloured, bold shapes suit her incredible complextion and features. A sunglasses fan with her own collection we love the brave statements she makes with every outfit, showing inspiring confidence.
To step out Amber style be bold and try PUSSPUSS in Pink
Best places for Indie Designers and Artist to live post Brexit PT.1
The post-Brexit environment has created a negative subtext for UK and European indie designers, musicians and artists wanting to live and work in an open and free country. The Brexit vote, with its nativist wickedness, has helped people living in the UK contemplate a life in more open pastures – Europe and other global cities and continents. This article will explore the ‘capital of Europe’, the great city of Berlin.
A Berlin Senator has even called for British creative individuals to come to the city of design and culture. One senator noted, “Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will severely affect your business.” (great call leavers, smart moves.). However, the senator also articulated a more nuanced reason and that is openness and self-enlightenment from a capital of diversity, of inspiration and or generosity. The red carpet is out. For those brave intrepid artists and designers wanting a new, open and more tolerant space to create, Berlin could be the best choice?
Where to live
The Kreuzberg district in Berlin is the most artistic, democratic and open-minded area of the capital. The mix of academia, artistic and cultural types create a collaborative community of like-minded individuals who together create the right vibes that have turned Kreuzberg into the artistic quarter of Berlin. The property prices are reasonable, in a European context. Furnished studio apartments are available from 750 euros whilst one bed apartments start from the 900 euro level.
Where to eat
For those looking to feed their cravings for artistic and culinary delights can do no worse than head to the East Side Gallery. The restaurant and café is part of a wider installation art experience. The food is cheap, the coffee is good, the company is great and the art is always on display. Get sustenance and inspiration from as little as ten euros.
For vegan or veggie try the wonderful Ryong beautifully creative dishes such as dragon egg where avocado, lemon grass, and soy-“meat” is rolled in a spinach-tempura coat can be found at Torstrasse 59, Mitte, everyday from 12:00.
Where to exhibit
Up and coming designers and artists looking for innovative space with curated and non-curated space available should contact the Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie in Berlin. This innovative and contemporary art space can help either by providing space or using their network of indie galleries to help find the right space for your specific needs. Berlin Fashion Week is making an international impact just as Berlin fast makes its name as cultural + liberal cool capital. Innovators and fashion design upsetters are looking to be part of this creative utopia.
Voo Kruezburg is one of my all-time favourite boutiques, stocking a number of jewellery, sunglasses and accessories heros including Acne Studios and Mykita as well as Sun buddies. Housed in a former locksmith shop in acourt-yard off of Oranienstrasse, you will find this industrial, warehouse style boutique stocking the best of indie and mainstream designers.
Where to get inspiration
Berlin has a network of creative centres and professional networking. The capital is known for its openness and diversity and this has allowed innovation and creativity in design and art to flourish. The design of buildings, the creative centres with niche experiences surrounding engineering to science along with fashion to video game development, all provide the right context for inspiration. This is further enhanced by the Berlin authorities providing free events and more for those looking for inspiration.
Byrogue’s Berlin based designers to look out for include SADAK – think, sheer tunics with tattoo badge, over-sized camo t-shirts, Mayan and Hawaiian prints and silky burkas- would look most at home on FKA TWIGS, Zebra Katz or GAIKA.
Indyanna is Voo owners Femmipunk womens wear label is brash and loud also check out DSTM hot BDSM inspired silk and satin dresses, floor length black robes, tassels, sheer wide leg trousers and bodysuits perfect for your “Welcome to Berlin, you are now free” sex party.
I have highlighted how Berlin is cost-effective, provides the right community ethos for designers and artists looking for inspiration and space to create. The availability of experimental restaurants, coffee shops, art events, museums and galleries – from indie to commercial – helps to make Berlin faultless. The people, the compassionate expressive and open attitude is what will make it the creative hearts home. If you are considering relocating, Berlin could be your perfect European city. Don’t come if you’re a bigot. Thanks
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A stylish summer shopping list just for you. Welcome.
Make sure, even in your smalls, you are still the most eye catching girl on the beach with bright, adventurous sunglasses that frame your face well, give the best in UV protection and compliment every poolside look.
PUSSPUSS BALLET PINK £140
Perfect for beach to bar transitioning, covering up the bits that make you feel most self -conscious and protecting your skin from the sun. Black is a little safe but great for when the sun goes down and the music turns up. Mes Demoiselles have it down with this beautiful white, tassel kaftan with gentle colour detail and soft charcoal trim, ideal summer attire for long beach days.
Mes Demoiselles Kaftan
A secret weapon in ultimate beach style topping, a definite if you are dedicated to conjuring up effortless but bold looks during your summer break. We love a panama or a fedora hat. Go one step further with bold prints and coloured hats to match your swimwear. Also perfect for hiding those sand incrusted, wave beaten locks.
Maison Michael Fedora
Hydrate, cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise & PROTECT.
The most attractive and confidence boosting asset any beach body has is beautiful well nourished skin, hydrate by drinking lots of water on those hot beach days, serve your skin from the inside. Cleanse gently and regularly, our fave part of beach life is using the natural textures of the sand to gently exfoliate, especially the feet and legs before a dip in the sea, moisturise liberally and generously and of course always remember your sunscreen.
For all that shit you carry around, hide it in style. Less is more on summer holiday. Sensi Studio have a summer Tote for every beach party.
Sensi Studio Totes
Go for something you know no one else will be wearing – go bold and individual, this takes some shopping around but worth it to be unique- we love this denim look bikini by Lisa Marie Fernandez.
Lisa Marie Fernandez