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Last week I was in Marfa, Texas for four days, soaking in the music and love at the Trans-Pecos Festival in El Cosmico. I’m not much of a festival gal—I’m also not into that Fashion Blogger at Coachella vibe (slightly too much cultural appropriation for my taste), but this felt sort of like the anti-festival festival. Teepees aside*, Trans-Pecos has been a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle of NYC.
El Cosmico is located just outside of Marfa, which is a solid three hour drive from any commercial airport. Since the town is fairly remote (and less than 2,000 people live there year-round), the people there really want to be there. Everyone we met seemed like a genuinely awesome human. The town is also a destination for contemporary art (minimalist artist Donald Judd moved there in the 70s), so it attracts a lot of rad artistic characters.
My Marfa Must-Sees/Dos:
- Prada Marfa (duh): this is technically in the city of Valentine, which is a very erie (practically) ghost town just north of Marfa.
- The Judd Foundation: Donald Judd’s formerly private living and working spaces. Visit Artsy’s site to learn more about Judd and his work.
- Ballroom Marfa: A super rad gallery which is housed in a converted 1927 dancehall.
- The Get Go: The coolest specialty grocery store I’ve ever been in. Don’t leave with out one of their screen-printed tote bags.
- Freda: A concept and lifestyle store showcasing locally made crafts and goods.
- Capri Bar & Restaurant: This cocktail bar/restaurant is straight outta Brooklyn. They also have a massive event space attached, in which I assume they hold weddings? Verdict: very cool.
*Man, I love a good teepee. I even had one at my wedding (eek, I know). We tried to keep it tasteful, and more cultural appreciation than appropriation, but that’s a fine line. My Oaxacan dress worn above may be seen as culturally offensive to some. Although it is authentic, and not a designer reproduction. If you’re into discussing this kind of stuff, please drop me a line. I am always open to learning.