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Mercedes Salazar, Fashion & Jewelry Designer
Colombian fashion and jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar is known for her colorful jewelry pieces using artisanal techniques from Bogotá, Colombia and infusing a distinct seaside, tropical vibe into every piece of jewelry or handbag she designs. Mexico is a place close to Salazar’s heart. She moved from Colombia to Mexico in 1994 to study jewelry and goldsmithery, but eventually made her way back to Colombia to launch her eponymous brand in 2001. Early in her career she began partnering with artisans from Colombian indigenous communities to learn more about local craft, which has no doubt become a hallmark in Salazar’s designs.
Mercedes Salazar is inspired by every corner of Mexico, from sunny Los Cabos, to the culturally rich Mexico City to partaking in events like Dia de los Muertos in the Yucután Peninsula. She has partnered with The Luxury Collection resorts to launch a capsule collection featuring jewelry and accessories inspired by all the Mexico hotels in the brand’s portfolio. To bring her capsule collection to life, she has worked with local artisans on infusing the pieces with authentic Mexican techniques and tradition.
Salazar loves Taqueria Rossy (+52 624 142 6755) for its authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious tacos – while here, make sure it’s the fish you order. La Revolución is another’s can’t-miss while in town: Helmed by chef Benito Molina, the menu features everything from oysters to a chef’s selection of Marine Ceviche (think octopus ceviche and ‘chocolata’ clam). For fresh veggies, Flora Farm is a 25-acre working organic farm and serves alfresco meals surrounded by lush vegetation – not to mention, the freshness of the cuisine is divine.
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos has two culinary concepts Salazar can’t get enough of: Al Pairo Seafood Market, offering alfresco dining overlooking the ocean, and Mako, a poolside restaurant with biodynamic vegetables, burritos, dry-aged steaks and delicious cocktails.
Count on the Ojo de Liebre Los Cabos Spa to alleviate tired muscles and restore tranquility to the system. The only Thalasso therapy (using seawater as a treatment) wellness spa in Los Cabos, every treatment is inspired by the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. Products used here are organic and results-driven, such as Kerstin Florian’s holistic ingredients; Shankara’s Ayurvedic skincare featuring natural oils; ISUN’s face and body treatments; and Voya’s seaweed-infused skincare.