Collection: MYBELONGING TAKES NEW AMERICAN STYLE TO MOROCCO
Style blogger Tommy Lei combines trend-setting with jet-setting on his blog, MyBelonging.
On his latest trip to Morocco, Tommy took a few pieces from Krammer & Stoudt and Vestment to shoot in exotic places like the sand dunes in the Sahara and the vibrant streets of Marrakech.
We caught up with Tommy after his trip to ask him a few questions about his experiences and style:
KRAMMER & STOUDT Railroad Striped Chore Coat
KRAMMER & STOUDT Baseball Shirt
WERE YOU SURPRISED AT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND MORROCAN CULTURES?
To be frank, I wasn’t shocked at all. I’ve travelled plenty enough to understand and know first-hand that third-world countries have their share of internal and socioeconomic struggles. What I did learn is the incredible breadth of diaspora within the Moroccan community; there is so much diversity ranging from Berbers to Moroccan-Jews, which all influences the local food, politics and economy.
Keeping in mind that Morocco is largely still a third-world country, agriculture exists at the highest of highest altitudes. It was interesting to see women and children transporting their harvests on heavily-stacked donkeys climbing up hill.
Another interesting fact is the annual salary for the average Moroccan is about $1000 USD.
VESTMENT Mizan Zigzag Robe
HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE THERE INFLUENCE YOUR STYLE?
I have a tendency to dress by osmosis and incorporate something that is culturally-unique to the destination that I find myself in. In this instance, I did don a few robes — particularly one from Vestment — and some that I bought directly from homemakers and artisan stalls strewn on the roadside.
However, I make it a point to never wear these pieces beyond their intended immediate surroundings; instead, I choose to keep it as a lifelong memento to kindly remind me of the time I’ve spent there.
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