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babouches! Long Ikat-weave jackets look cool with jeans. And he loves to tweak them with limited-edition decor and fashion in bold colors, vivid embroidery. My friends love his hand-painted denim jackets to buy and wear out the door. Serendipity: Markets In the medina and throughout Tangier, there is a sense of dusty treasures to be discovered. I heard the legend that someone once at a dusty market found a portfolio of drawings by Francis Bacon, who lived in Tangier in the '50s. Impromptu galleries and flea markets may yield old hand-painted tiles or vintage silk embroidered kaftans (for pillows). I've found modernist pottery of great character, hand-blown Venetian glass, vintage postcards, and cloisonné bowls, and I'm always on the hunt for antique Moroccan lanterns with colored faceted glass to enhance my interiors. Antiques Boutique Majid The legendary Abdelmajid Rais El Fenni is one of the great antique dealers in the world. His prismatic three- story gallery is the treasured source for European royalty, top decorators, and textile collectors for decades. His textiles from traditional weavers are richly detailed and exquisite. I acquire Fes embroidered textiles and treasures from all over North Africa, including Mali and Gabon. I can spend hours here in the Souk, looking through stacks of Majid's antique silks. Impeccable. He is passionate about his wares, and rightly so. Galerie Tindouf and Bazar Tindouf These two much-admired brothers are among my favorite antique sources. Many of the great houses of Tangier have been decorated from these two rare and fabulous galleries. I've found great treasures, including old English oil portraits, silver and bronze chandeliers, jewelry, and a fantastic Syrian mother- of-pearl mirror. Books and Culture Les Insolites Stéphanie Gaou founded her lively multilingual book shop/ gallery/performance space in 2010. On the shelves are classic books of Moroccan and French literature, plus volumes by exciting emerging writers. Stephanie is very connected to cultural festivals throughout the year. @lesinsolitesofficiel. Librairie des Collones Since 1949, this elegant bookshop (revived a decade ago by Pierre Bergé) has been Tangier's literary icon. I find design books, new voices of Moroccan writers, plus bound tomes on Moroccan paintings. I've found reference portfolios of Matisse in Tangier and fascinating antique books of vintage photography. Elegant atmosphere. A book collector's dream. Soul Music: Not To Be Missed Les Fils du Détroit In the magical Tangier evening, follow the lustrous sound of lute-like oud music and soft voices to a quiet corner of the Kasbah. Squeeze onto the club's banquettes and immerse in authentic Andalusian chanting Here and above, Veere Greeney's home, Gazebo. Photographs from the book Veere Greeney: Seeking Beauty, Vendome Press. Photographs Francesco Lagnese. 31

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