What do Céline, Marc Jacobs, and Coach have in common? The brands all looked to the Southwest for inspiration for spring. Céline and Marc Jacobs each offered up unique takes on cowboy boots, which retailers like Zara and Mango quickly caught on to. As for Coach, the brand experimented with Southwestern signatures like suede jackets and fringe. Considering these top brands all evoked a similar regional spirit, we naturally didn’t think twice when given the opportunity to visit the intriguing locale for ourselves.
The lovely Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado was kind enough to host us as we explored the area’s crown jewel: Santa Fe, New Mexico. From incredible shopping to sage-infused spa treatments and everything in between, we soaked in the best the state’s capital has to offer. The verdict? From the amazing handmade jewelry to the beautiful desert landscape, it certainly isn’t hard to imagine why fashion’s heavy hitters would find the Southwest so inspirational.
If you’re dying to pay Santa Fe a visit for yourself—and trust us, you should be—the Four Seasons has a Feathers and Fringe Musical Festival Prep Package designed with the fashion girl in mind. (Ahem, there’s shopping and spa treatments involved.) But however you choose to experience the city, there’s no denying Santa Fe is the next It city in fashion.
Scroll down for our guide on what to do and what to wear in Santa Fe, New Mexico!
Santa Fe has no shortage of cool museums perfect for leisurely strolls. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, located right in the center of town, should definitely top your list. In addition to being wildly talented with a paintbrush, O’Keefe also had a fiercely independent sense of style, which you can see firsthand in the museum’s collection of black-and-white photographs of the artist. The New Mexico Museum of Art is also worth a visit in the center of town, and a short drive over to Museum Hill will provide plenty more entertainment—the area boasts four more museums begging to be explored.
American Eagle Don’t Ask Why Crop Tank ($25); Raquel Allegra Cropped Flared Trousers ($528); Tibi Eliza Sandals ($425); Elizabeth and James Tassel-Trimmed Croc-Effect Leather and Jacquard Shoulder Bag ($595)
There’s one only-in–Santa Fe shopping spot you can’t miss: Dozens of talented Native American artisans sell their handmade wares under the long veranda of the Palace of the Governors, and you’re bound to come away with something special and unique. If you’re in the market for new shoes, Back at the Ranch is the city’s go-to shop for cowboy boots of all stripes, and Montecristi makes the coolest custom-made hats around. And last but not least, Shiprock Santa Fe sells a top-notch selection of jewelry, textiles, art, and more. (Oh, and it also has an ultra-inspiring Instagram account.)
What intrigues you most about Southwestern style? Tell us in the comments below!