New Year, new places—that’s how the saying goes, right?

At the very least, that seems to be the maxim of the designers behind crafted accessories brand A Peace

Treaty, who chose the brand new W BOGOTA to host their inspiration trip.

Need a refresher? When we partnered up with CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} we offered to let the designers choose to visit any destination in the name of inspiration—we’ve already checked W BARCELONA, W RETREAT & SPA - VIEQUES, W ISTANBUL and W BEIJING off the list. And you better believe we were more than a little excited to join Dana, Farah and Jesse on their trip to Colombia’s capital.

After checking into our (open-concept, light-filled) rooms the night before, the crew assembled at the hotel’s restaurant, Market Kitchen, for a breakfast of fresh fruit (papaya, watermelon and pineapple so does not taste like this at home), eggs and plenty of coffee to stave off any post-travel day fatigue.

Then it was off on our first adventure, south to Bogotá’s historic La Candelaria neighborhood downtown for a detailed tour of the barrio’s extensive street art and graffiti. Australian-turned-Bogotá local street artist Crisp led us through Plaza Concordia, Plaza del Chorro and surrounding cobbled streets full of small bars, hostels and seemingly infinite murals by artists like Rodez, Nomada, Mico and APC,

the world’s biggest graffiti crew, many of which depicted portrayals of Colombia’s extremely complicated political and social history (Google it, guys).

After pocketing our own Crisp stickers (coming soon to a Manhattan street corner not too far from the Incubator studio), it was off to a long and leisurely lunch at Cacio Pepe (roast chicken, shrimp, pizza and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, thank you very much) and a stroll through Zona T, Bogota’s posh shopping district.

The day came to an appropriately easy-going close with a cocktail at W BOGOTA’S own bar, leaving plenty of time for beauty sleep and high altitude adjustment (we’re 8,000 feet above sea level over here!) in preparation for another jam-packed day.

On my desk right now,, #valentino #illustration and #mcqueen shoe sculpture for inspiration ✨
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