We may be sitting in an air-conditioned office in Midtown Manhattan right now, but there’s no reason we can’t dream about adventures to souks near and far, shopping for amazing travel products for summer. And those globe-trotting fashionistas over at L-atitude have made it even easier by sourcing some of the best finds around the globe. Here’s what we’re coveting right now.
Ecuador: A Stylish Straw Fedora
You can’t find a poppier hat to take you from the beach to the beach bar than this colorful straw fedora ($60) from Prymal. Gabriela Viteri Crespo, founder of the eco-chic line, makes her hats with materials sourced from Ecuador’s tropical rainforest.
Mexico: A Peasant Blouse
L-atitude’s very own collection of Mexico-inspired creations channels the quirky yet louche style of Frida Kahlo. This stitched peasant blouse ($130) can go with cut-off shorts, a pair of white pants, or a pareo for that meet-me-on-the-Mayan-Riviera look. Like what the model here is wearing? You can pair the top with a tasseled bag ($75) and splurgey gold earrings ($550).
Kenya: A Tote for Carrying It All
Kikapu means “basket” in Swahili, and this Kikapu carryall ($145) from Kenya is exactly what you’d stumble upon in a shop in Kenya. Matonyok sources hand-crafted accessories that support women in the Maasai community. Made of hand-plaited meru palm, it is accented with Kenyan leather and beading by the Matonyok Maasai Women’s Cooperative
Morocco: A Breezy Caftan
Wander through Marrakesh’s medina and you’ll see kaftans everywhere — worn by men and women alike. And here’s a little secret: they look even more amazing when you’re lounging poolside, with a cool drink in hand. The Muzungu Sisters navigate the stalls on your behalf, locating gems like this cool cover-up ($65) with traditional stitching.
Istanbul: A Pair of Turquoise Earrings
Nothing says summer better than a pair of dangling turquoise earrings ($35) from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Plus, they look good with anything white — and even better when you have your hair slicked back after a day in the ocean.
Central Asia: A Scarf that Gives Back
This lighweight pop pom shawl ($75) from Zaanha does double duty as a sarong or scarf — and it also does a lot of good. A portion of proceeds sends Afghan children to school. Founder Wendy Summer created Zaanha founded the company after quitting her job in marketing and starting to do volunteer work across Asia. Most of her materials are also sourced in Asia, helping support local artisans.