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By Beth Landman

A vibrant, bustling, colorful mix of cultures, mysterious Tangier has long attracted artistic souls from Delacroix and Matisse to Jack Kerouac, Paul Bowles and Tennessee Williams. Where else can you stand in Africa, hear locals speaking Arabic and see Spain across the water? Always a city of contrasts, it has become more of a sensory cornucopia than ever with the addition of a modern harbor and new development juxtaposed against arched mosques and ancient cobblestone streets of the Medina.

It takes an insider to navigate the twisting city, so who could be better to share his insights than one of the world’s most respected artistic directors, Bruno Frisoni of Roger Vivier? You can almost see the city’s geometric tiles and vivid hues reflected in the creations of Frisoni, who shares a retreat there with his partner, interior designer Hervé van der Straeten.

Here, Frisoni shares some of his local haunts, secret hideaways and favorite places in Tangier that have influenced his latest collection, Prismick.

“One of the reasons I chose to have a house there is because you can swim in the Atlantic or Mediterranean; it’s so magical. I go every day with friends—mostly to the Atlantic because the beaches are bigger, longer and wilder.”

“There is one beach that not everyone knows about that’s very wild and has paillotes [tiki huts serving food and drinks on the beach]. It’s just outside the town Asilah, about 20 kilometers away, and you can access it by a dirt road, from May to October. There is also a private beach at Le Mirage, a very chic hotel that feels a bit like Biarritz.”

“Sometimes we’ll find something at one place, and then we can’t find the shop again for months. The stores are little and the streets are narrow; even I get lost, but you’re supposed to.’’

“Sometimes we’ll find something at one place, and then we can’t find the shop again for months. The stores are little and the streets are narrow; even I get lost, but you’re supposed to.’’

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