13 posts tagged "Mara Hoffman"
Holiday travel tends to be about relaxing, not shopping, but just because there’s no Colette or Dover Street Market in sight doesn’t mean there’s no way to bring home a worthy souvenir. Hotel boutiques, formerly enclaves of sunscreen and snow globes, have been stepping up in recent years, offering selections to rival department stores—often with much closer proximity to the beach.
At hip Caribbean enclave Viceroy Anguilla, hotel retailer Seaside Luxe is building a zigzag-print tent on the beach in partnership with Missoni Home. The tent opens Christmas Day and features retractable walls and loungers where guests can catch some sun and browse items like Mara Hoffman caftans, Eugenia Kim sun hats, Jennifer Fisher jewelry, and a $350 limited-edition Missoni Home tote (above). “The guests here are buying items they’re going to wear [on vacation] and at home,” said Seaside Luxe founder Lee Ann Sauter.
At the Faena Hotel boutique in Buenos Aires, creative director Ximena Caminos curates a mix of high-end items with a Latin flare. She cites Panama hats by California-based brand Greenpacha and Brazilian bikinis by Nina Swim as must-have holiday items. “We do well with classic Argentine items like alpaca ponchos, traditional silver pieces, and carved crystal objets,” said Caminos, noting that she maintains the store’s local flavor by stocking a selection of wares by Argentine designers.
Just a hop north at the Standard Shop in the Standard Hotel Miami, Comme des Garçons’ limited-edition holiday star pouches are the big get of the season. Also on hand are quirky home items like Maison Martin Margiela’s melting wax candles and the Berlin Boombox (above), a modern MP3 system disguised as an old-school boom box by Berlin-based designer Axel Pfaender. “We love small gifts that are easy to travel with, such as jewelry and accessories and special, rare hostess gifts,” said the store’s director of retail, Denise Downing.
For those celebrating a classic New York Christmas, Opening Ceremony at the Ace Hotel is offering one-of-a-kind holiday items, like Le Labo candles, Kenzo iPhone cases (left), and Yoko Ono’s recently-released and much discussed menswear collaboration based on her illustrations from 1969. One-of-a-kind pieces are also a draw for those vacationing on the West Coast. Ayana Tribitt, retail curator at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, is stocking the boutique with Nialaya bracelets that guests can customize on site. Their Assouline books always make for reliable gifts, while $2,500 Toro masks cater to the more adventurous shopper.
Farther south at the Cuixmala resort on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the dress code is luxe-casual. Hotel owner Alix Marcaccini sets a relaxed tone at the boutique with caftans by Temperley and beachwear and accessories by Christophe Sauvat. “People here want sarongs and flip-flops, no heels, and long flowy dresses—anything comfortable,” said Marcaccini. “They’re looking for fluid, feminine, sensual clothes.”
This holiday week, I’m looking forward to spending as much time as I can outside by the pool with my daughter, playing ping pong, and enjoying a night out with my husband and friends. When it comes to bikinis, black is my go-to color, but this summer I want to try something different and fell in love with this Mara Hoffman tribal-inspired set. To top off any summer look, Dezso by Sara Beltran offers the coolest jewelry and printed pouches. The pouches can be used as a beauty bag for the beach or pool, and for the evening, they can be worn as clutches. Also, for my time spent poolside, I use tanning lotion from Ligne St. Barth—it’s an old favorite. A friend introduced me to this line and I’ve been obsessed by their entire range of products ever since.
For those hot summer nights, T by Alexander Wang has the dress shape of the season, the slipdress, in a variety of neutral and bright colors, but for now, red feels like the appropriate way to go. To turn it into an office-appropriate look, I’ll add my Current/Elliott denim jacket and I’ll be good to go. Find all of the items I’ll be packing for my holiday getaway, here.
From top left to right: Mara Hoffman triangle bikini, $195, available at www.net-a-porter.com; T by Alexander Wang V-neck slipdress, $295, available at www.kirnazabete.com; Dezso by Sara Beltrán bracelet, $1,350, available at www.dezsosara.com; Ligne St. Barth tanning oil, $48, available at www.lignestbarth.com; DVF ping pong set, $95, available at www.dvf.com; Dezso by Sara Beltrán bag, $65, available at www.dezsosara.com.
The weather has at last warmed up and it looks like sandal season is here to stay. But sometimes sandals just don’t make the cut for beach excursions or those sweltering days in the city. Introducing designer Mara Hoffman’s shoe collaboration for Soludos. Hoffman’s signature, boho prints, in four different vibrant styles, offer a fresh take on the classic espadrille. Style.com has an exclusive first look at the collection ($45), above. Soludos x Mara Hoffman is available at Marahofffman.com and Soludos.com on May 21.
Mara Hoffman is selling swimwear at during Art Basel Miami Beach out of an old, beat-up Airstream trailer. This being Miami, though, that’s not as bohemian as it might sound. For one thing, she’s seeing lots of black cards. (Hoffman did about $7,000 of business the first day, with Santigold among the clientele.) For another, she’s got limited-edition pieces (15 each) created in collaboration with a handful of contemporary artists, ranging from Spencer Tunick to Brooklyn-based muralist Maya Hayuk. Those two came to Hoffman’s presentation of the pieces at the Mondrian yesterday around sunset, where she explained how the whole thing came about: “I’ve got a lot of artists in my life.” Hoffman’s husband, Javier Piñon, is one of them—he provided her with a print for a swimsuit, too.
John Newsom’s parrot print, with bursting with tropical pinks and reds (above left), is perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch. It’s also the one Hoffman relates to most. “The Spencer Tunick piece is a ton of nudes (above right)—it’s awesome, but I would never do that,” she explained. Newsom’s, on the other hand, “resonates with me as far as color, and richness, and kind of fun clothes…that’s sort of what I do normally.”
Wearable collector’s items, the suits are individually numbered and signed by the artist. Doing the breaststroke in one of them won’t necessarily lower its value, either. “We used a permanent pen,” Hoffman said.