I was less than thrilled when my family decided that this year’s annual trip would be to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had visions of hot, dusty weather in the high desert, women in turquoise jewelry and men in ten-gallon hats. Well, I was right, but Santa Fe has so much more to offer—I was literally blown away. The city is the second largest art market in the country (after New York) and you can feel it in every corner of the mini-metropolis (population 75K), from the plaza where Native Americans line the border selling their hand-made (and stunningly gorgeous) wares to Canyon Road, where galleries are lined cheek-by-jowl showcasing wildly expensive artwork (whoa-$35,000 paintings). While I love to while away the hours drooling over expensive artwork, I’d always prefer wearable art—i.e. clothes and accessories. Upon landing at the airport, I started asking around and the extremely friendly people pointed me toward too many amazing boutiques and restaurants to mention here. Below, a few of my favorites:
This boutique, tucked away amongst the galleries on Canyon Road, is owned and curated by Nathalie, an effortlessly chic former French Vogue editor. Western style shirts, all manner of leather goods (from chaps to a vintage YSL belt!) and an impressive collection of cowboy boots are just a few of the treasures to be found here.
Photo courtesy of Nathalie
The fashionable set flocks to this boutique right off of the plaza for designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Dries van Noten and Etro.
Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Dry Goods
Double Take Vintage
Run, don’t walk, here for Pucci skirts, Cavalli suede jackets and more. Next door is the western version of the store—I scored a black suede pencil skirt for $25.
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