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Insider's Guide to Bali

Monday, April 24, 2017 5:45:42 PM America/New_York

Lush jungle, awe-inspiring stone temples and a strong creative heartbeat. No wonder we fell hard for the beautiful island of Bali. Together with @sincerelyjules and @grantlegan, we packed our passports and favorite pairs of Soludos and spent a week adventuring. Here's a few of our tips.


Where to sleep

We love Smith Hotel's Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud for lush valley views, waterfalls and peaceful vibes. Zen Hideaway is also a favorite - if only for the incredible swing. Closer to town, we love Sal Secret Spot.

 Where to eat

Visit Crate Cafe in Canggu. And for lunch? Green Ginger.


In the day

Wander among the verdant green Tegalalang Rice Fields (tip, go for sunrise and you'll have the place to yourself) and then stop by the Ubud markets, the best spot for woven basket bags and well crafted souvenirs.

Make sure you download GO-JEK - it's like Uber for scooters (the best way to explore Bali!)


Our packing list essentials

Our knotted leather slides, a light summer dress from Faithfull the Brand and of course, a poloroid camera.


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Karen's Edit

Friday, March 10, 2017 5:27:51 PM America/New_York

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Croatia Cool

Friday, October 28, 2016 12:27:38 PM America/New_York

'Dreamy' was the word that we kept uttering to each other as we wandered the magical coastline of Croatia. Whether looking out over the endless red tiled rooftops of the old city of Dubrovnik, catching sight of wild dolphins leaping from the steely blue Adriatic, or basking beneath vibrant green pine trees overhanging cliff cupped coves, we were left in a constant state of awe.

We ventured to the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik with our well-traveled friends, Zippy and Terence to explore winding stone alleys bursting with blooms of bougainvillea and endless Adriatic vistas. We fell in love with the nearby Elaphite Islands - home to sleepy fishing villages, lazy afternoon bocce matches and sun faded houses. Days were spent swimming and sunning in secluded coves.

Follow along on Instagram (@Soludos) to see more photos from our #SoludosEscapes.



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Escape to Eze

Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:16:39 PM America/New_York

Do your tastes run a little more barefoot Jane Birkin and a little less champagne showers in St. Tropez? We've got some good news - there's still plenty to enjoy in the sometimes overly glitzy Cote d'Azur. Here's how to travel the South of France, #soludosescapes style.

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Soludos x Mary Matson x Sleepy Jones

Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:30:45 PM America/New_York

Our latest collaboration with Sleepy Jones featuring designs by LA-based artist Mary Matson is the pop of color you've been looking for this Summer. Our traditional canvas espadrilles became a canvas for Mary Matson's bold yet simple brush strokes when she hand painted a couple dozen pairs last Summer. The designs were so well received that we created a print (in which each and every pair is slightly unique). Take a gander below to read Mary’s thoughts on art and summer (and the intersection of the two). 

1) So many of your illustrations are based on iconic symbols of Summertime. Is it safe to say Summer is your favorite season?
(If yes, what's your favorite part of the season?) 
 I love summer. I enjoy all seasons but summer represents freedom & who doesn’t enjoy more daylight! I just moved to Los Angeles from NYC. I have noticed that there are seasonal differences here. Plants and trees are constantly blooming and making new colors.

2) Beach or pool? Desert or jungle? 
Beach. Always. The air and the sound of the ocean. It's also fun to explore the Desert. Living in California I am enjoying exploring the great outdoors and rediscovering nature. The Desert is such a contrast to the ocean. The light and its vastness. My first job was a lifeguard so I love the pool, too.

3) What's been your most inspiring travel destination? 
My local travel destinations are Abalone Cove, Crystal Cove State Park, Malibu, Ojai, Joshua Tree… there are so many out here. I am planning to visit Seven Magic Mountains Sculpture Park, an art project, by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone outside Las Vegas.  

4) If you were stuck on a desert island, which artists (living or dead) would you want to bring with you?
David Hockney. Could we bring an endless supply of art making materials?!  Matisse could come, too.

5) Where are you taking your Soludos next?
Crystal Cove State Park this weekend! And my studio. 

6) What was the inspiration between the design that you created for the Sleepy Jones x Soludos collaboration? 
Last year I hand painted 24 pairs of Soludos for Sleepy Jones.  I picked 4 colors and 4 shapes. I enjoyed mixing and matching the various shapes and colors- hand painting on Soludos made for a great canvas! Those became the sketches for this round of Espadrilles. 

7) What color could you never live without?
That’s a hard choice. I am attracted to primary colors. I could never live w/ out a stripe. Stripes are my favorite color.


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Behind the Scenes in India

Thursday, April 21, 2016 11:59:20 AM America/New_York

We journeyed through the Rajasthan region in northern India with our style muse Rocky Barnes and trusted friend Grant Leglan behind the lens. Soludos founder, Nick went along for the ride as they explored the majestic beauty of the lake city of Udaipur and blue city of Jodhpur. 

Check out Nick’s behind the scenes photos below and prepare for some Wanderlust envy: 






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Escape to Marrakech

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 6:35:28 PM America/New_York

With its striking architecture, colorful textiles, and ornate tiling, Marrakech is truly a feast for the eyes. Whether you’re winding through the souks or an atmospheric riad, there is beauty at every turn in the magical North African city. Though the historic city has been a source of inspiration for the design world for decades, it’s booming with fresh energy now more than ever, thanks to a number of stylized updates to the city’s most iconic destinations and an influx of new, high design hotels and shops. We made the trek to Marrakech to shoot with our friends and travel buddies Julie Sariñana and photographer Grant Legan [http://www.grantlegan.com]. Here, our insider guide to where to eat, sleep, and play in Marrakech right now.



Lahandira [http://lahandira.com]

Allow plenty of time to visit this rug shop in the souk, which houses seemingly endless stacks of beautiful, one-of-a-kind rugs.


(We spent nearly six hours here sifting through them and sipping mint tea on our last visit.) You’ll be wishing you brought a bigger suitcase to bring all of these handcrafted rugs home. Our Soludos headquarters in New York is now home to four of them! 


Jardin Marjorelle [http://jardinmajorelle.com/ang/]

Stroll through Yves Saint Laurent’s exotic gardens adjacent to his villa. The late designer, who was famously quite enchanted by Morocco’s charms, spent a great deal of time here drawing inspiration for his iconic runway collections. 

Agafay Desert

Take a day trip to the Agafay Desert, about an hour’s drive outside the city, for camel riding through the red sand. (Don’t forget to wear the right shoes so they don’t fall off while you ride—Jules suggests Soludos Leather Huarache Sandals.)

Spend the evening feasting on lamb tagine and other Moroccan delicacies, while gazing at the stars (the skies are crystal clear), before tucking in for the night at Scarabeo Desert Camp [http://www.scarabeocamp.com].



Nomad [http://nomadmarrakech.com]

Take a break from shopping in the souks and stop in for lunch or dinner at Nomad. 

Enjoy fresh, modern Moroccan cuisine and excellent people watching on the terrace of this local favorite. Reservations recommended.

Café des Epices [http://www.cafedesepices.com]

This is an obligatory stop for a mid-day break from the hustle and bustle of the souks. Go for the juices and spiced tea, stay for the sweeping views from the rooftop.



La Mamounia [http://www.mamounia.com/en/marrakech.htm]

In the way of hotels, the historic La Mamounia is one of Morocco’s crown jewels. The Jacques Garcia-designed property, situated just minutes from Jemaa el Fna square in the city’s center, seamlessly blends traditional Arab-Andalusian architecture with contemporary design.


The 27,000-square-foot subterranean spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, and sweeping gardens are a particularly big draw. Did we mention there’s also an ice cream parlor?


La Sultana [http://www.lasultanahotels.com]

For a more traditional Moroccan experience, stay in a riad. La Sultana reigns as one of the city’s oldest and most beloved riads. The property, which has 28 stunning rooms and suites, is just a short walk from the Red City’s main attractions, including the Royal Palace, Bahia Palace, and the Saadian Tombs.


Riad Enija [http://www.riadenija.com]

Situated in the heart of the Medina, Riad Enija boasts stunning rooftop views, superb food, and one of the city’s most peaceful courtyard gardens.


Sit here and enjoy a cup of mint tea and Moroccan pastries as you listen to the sounds of birds chirping and the fountains trickling off in the distance. Home, wherever that is, will feel light years away from this magical spot.


Riad El Fenn [https://el-fenn.com/]

Few riads in Morocco have more charm than Riad El Fenn. Named Best Dressed Hotel by Mr & Mrs Smith [https://smithhotels.com/], the Vanessa Branson-owned property has 28 different rooms on offer and a 7,000-square-foot terrace that gives all the rooftop views in the city an excellent run for their money. Plus, the art collection alone is reason enough to stay here. Branson, sister of Sir Richard Branson, has an extensive collection that includes works by Fred Pollock, David Shrigley, and William Kentridge, all of which now hang on the hotel’s walls.


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A Return to Our Spanish Roots

Friday, April 1, 2016 11:40:03 AM America/New_York

Soludos came about because our founder Nick Brown couldn’t find the traditional rope soled espadrilles he grew up wearing while traveling along the Spanish Coast. Ever since, he’s wanted to produce our shoes in Spain, where espadrilles have been made and worn along the Mediterranean and in the Pyrenees since the 14th century. 


At last, that dream has become a reality and we’ve started working with a family-run factory in Alicante that’s been in the business of making them for four generations. (Alicante, on the southeastern Mediterranean costa of Spain, is renowned for both its killer cuisine as well as the footwear manufactured here.)


Let’s revisit our roots for a minute: the word espadrille originates from the Spanish word esparto, meaning a type of grass. Jute, which is a kind of grass, is woven into braids and then hand-spun together to form the soles of espadrilles. That is a technique that has remained the same for centuries and the factory we have started working with, which also handles espadrilles for some of the world’s top designers, has been doing it longer than almost anyone out there today. Talk about heritage! Once the golden espadrille sole is ready, our special rubber Soludos espadrille soles are pressed on and fused with the braids of the jute. Finally, our leather uppers are hand-stitched to each espadrille outsole and voilà, a Soludos espadrille is born. 



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Surf In Paris

Thursday, February 4, 2016 10:43:55 AM America/New_York

Surfin' Paris. Wait... surfing in Paris? There may be more waves on the Hudson than the Seine but the indie surf label Cuisse de Grenouille has been making waves with the cool kids in Paris and beyond with their iconic sweaters, sleek board shorts and beautiful boutiques tucked away in the Marais and les Batignolles. CdG's roots are inspired by the Timeless style of '60s surf culture and fused with a tongue in cheek Parisian sensibility. To celebrate the launch of our SURF capsule collection with CdG, we had a chance to shoot the breeze with Severin, one half of the laid back brothers who founded CdG - when reading do your best inner-monologue French accent!

First off, why the name Cuisse de Grenouille or Frogs' Legs in French?
Cuisse de Grenouille (frogs' legs) is a name that says "hello! (french accent) we are french!" ;), foreigners will find it difficult to pronounce it, but will know directly that it sounds French. And for the french people, they find it funny and they will remember it. Plus, we place our brand in an environment of middle high brands that are sometime too serious for us, so we wanted to add a touch of cool and lightness.

How did you and your brother decide to start Cuisse de Grenouille?
With my brother Lucas, we grew up in Paris with a passion for surfing. We are not into competition at all but love the lifestyle of the trips and and the vintage look we can find when looking at old books about the '60s. So there are our inspirations : urban / '60s icons / with a little touch of vintage surf. We started the brand with board shorts as we were having difficulties finding a proper one in the market. So we made our iconic short based on the shape of the one you could find in California in the '60s. We found a special italian fabric that has the property to be memory contact. It is a rigid fabric that won't stick to the skin when wet and stay put when dry. The perfect way to remain a gentleman on the beach...

Where did you first learn to surf?
We first started to surf in Britany in Quiberon where our family goes on vacation every year. Also we learn a lot abroad. I lived 6 years in Asia, and each time we were meeting with my brothers was an opportunity to meet somewhere we can surf: Sri Lanka, Indonesia... What's top on your travel bucket list for the upcoming year? It's a very long list! I want to go to Africa and also the Canary Islands. Actually, I want to go to places I never went and try to find surf spots that are not crowded.

Your favorite surfing spot in the world is...
We have many favorites spot! But I think Lucas would agree with me on Crocodile Rock, it is a very long and easy wave nearby Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka.

What are your top 3 travel essentials?
A Cuisse de Grenouille board short (or maybe 3!), sunglasses, and sun cream. But of course I will bring my pair of Soludos. Always stay classy!

We have to ask, what's your favorite restaurant in Paris that we shouldn't miss the next time we're in town?
Restaurant 52 Faubourg Saint Denis

On the door of your shop it reads “Gentleman Surfer” - what does that mean to you?
In this expression the most important term is Gentleman. What is important is that no matter what, if you go surfing or if you go to a cocktail in Paris, you should always be a gentleman, in you manners and in your style! Surfer is more way of thinking, a philosophy than a sport.

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Escape to Paradise

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 12:43:07 PM America/New_York


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