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The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Mar-fa! You know the song right?
I took a quick road trip to the strange paradise of West Texas recently and it was just what the doctor ordered. Sometimes you just need some space, breathing room if you will- and Marfa and the surrounding landscape offer nothing but. While there are a thousand things to explore in the Trans Pecos (from the majestic Big Bend National Park and the eccentric ghost-town of Terlingua, to star parties at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis) these three days were a strict “make no plans” kind of vacay.
I loaded up a borrowed Jeep with a bicycle and some firecrackers bought roadside on a Texas highway and headed out to meet an old friend for a couple days of catching up, breathing fresh air, and simply hanging out.
Basically, there’s not much to do (which is lovely when you live in New York or any other busy metropolis). In Marfa, you can go hiking about an hour out of town, you can have a beer at a local honkey tonk like the Lost Horse Saloon, you can play pool at said local honkey tonk, and you can eat at one of a few local spots (try Future/ Food Shark, the Pizza Foundation, Cochineal, or Maiya’s). By day, there is a killer book store, Marfa Book Company, a couple of perfectly curated shops (Tienda M, Freda, Cast and Crew, and the El Cosmico Provision Company) and some art galleries to peruse. Ballroom Marfa and The Wrong Store are good places to start.
There is also The Chinati Foundation, Donald Judd’s mecca for the minimal, which put Marfa on the map of contemporary art consciousness. Judd founded the art scene in Marfa in the 70′s when he bought up half the town to house and create his large architectural sculptures. He brought the works of his contemporaries, heavy hitters like Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain, to the party and voila`, something special was born in American culture.
My favorite thing however, is chatting with locals and being ever surprised by their ingenuity, taste-level, and the moxie it takes to live so far from all the conveniences of a big city. They have found an oasis of creativity and community and everyone seems to be working on something personal, whether it be an art project or launching a small business.
After riding bikes, or walking around town, my friends and I convened for a cold beer around the fire on the patio of Marfa’s airstream and teepee resort, El Cosmico, and laughed about crossing paths with the same people three of four times throughout the day, because yes, Marfa is truly a small town.
When we looked up we could see a twinkling band of stars in the cold, clear desert sky. It was quiet. It was quality time with loved ones!
The next day on my way out of town, I decided to take the long way home, just to savor the nothingness and openness of my short stay. Slowly, the open landscape bled back into the small towns of Texas and finally to a well lit skyline.
On a side note, check out these beautiful candid images from the set of “Giant” which was filmed in Marfa in 1956. I love the style. Liz, James, and Rock look so glamorous yet utilitarian and natural in the landscape.
I’ve had my eye on Harper Poe’s textile line, Proud Mary, for quite some time. When I read her philosophy, I knew I had discovered a kindred spirit! Harper is a fellow textiles enthusiast, a curious and passionate traveler, and a smart business woman. I reached out to her to see if she would be interested in doing a Wax + Cruz collaboration and luckily she said yes! The Proud Mary/ Wax + Cruz Cap is here and it will make jeans and a t-shirt look like a million bucks. It is made of fair trade, hand-loomed Guatemalan cotton and denim, and was assembled here in the USA. Read below to hear what Harper has to say about her inspiring line and check out the “Proud Mary”/ Wax + Cruz beauty below!
W + C: Tell us where you are from and how Proudmary came to be.
In honor of the big, beautiful full moon a couple days ago, my time in southwest Texas this past weekend, and my recent viewing of Terrence Malick’s Badlands…
My “The West is Best, Baby” mix!! A spacious and sometimes psychedelic soundtrack to the Western in my mind. Enjoy!
A snapshot from this past weekend on a quick trip to my home state. I went on a hike with my mom and sister (families that hike together…) at Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, Texas. This is a pic of one of the rock formations next to the famous granite dome. It was a lush afternoon after a big rain– great news for a part of the state in a long drought. This is what wikipedia says about this special place: “The Tonkawa, who inhabited the area in the 16th century, believed that ghost fires flickered at the top of the dome. In particular they heard unexplained creaking and groaning, which geologists attribute to the rock’s night-time contraction after being heated by the sun during the day. The name “Enchanted Rock” derives from Spanish and Anglo-Texan interpretations of such legends and related folklore; the name “Crying Rock” has also been given to the formation.”
Hi there, it’s been a while! I’ve been busy working, traveling, and developing new products and fun collaborations for the shop! Stay tuned on those…
Last month I was, however, in Greece for a work trip and got a couple snaps I thought I’d share. The top is a crazy, red rock sunset in Santorini. The second is a Wax + Cruz Cap appearance on the dock at the beautiful and stylish San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos. That hat is collab with my talented shibori artist friend at Jilsu. And the last was a lovely sunset on my last night in Mykonos… I was in both places a short period of time, but I’d love to get back to Mykonos in particular to explore…
I’ve never even tried to do a feature on where I actually live! New York, New York! Cat Power’s Chan Marshall looks like an adorable badass in her Manhattan video. This video captures the grit and romance of this city pretty accurately. I’m into it.
How do you work all of the amazing pieces you pick up while you’re traveling into your wardrobe? I buy so many hippie dresses, scarves, and cotton blouses while I’m out of the country, but find when I come back to NYC, they just don’t feel right anymore. They don’t feel relevant, or modern enough, but this story gives hope to all the floaty, woven gems waiting to be worn in my closet. Veronique Didry kills it on the styling in this story shot by Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer in the April issue of Vogue Paris. They captured Peru’s traditional layering style really beautifully, but mixed with it with a bold, denim work-wear aesthetic. Lots of inspiration here– so fun!
I’ve had my head down the last couple months working hard to produce my first product here at Wax + Cruz! I was so excited this week to get the first big shipment and stock our fledgling web shop with the Wax + Cruz Caps! My idea was to produce something unisex that travels well and could showcase some of the beautiful textiles that I have been collecting over the last year. And here they are!!! Sweet satisfaction.
Please have a look at our shop at the link above or go directly to www.shopwaxandcruz.com.
AND- to our surprise, our hats got a shout out on mega fashion blogger Garance Dore‘s site last month just as a few samples hit the streets of New York. I love her sensibility and am obviously super honored! Thanks Garance!
We already have some more projects in the works so stay tuned!