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What: The long-awaited Yves Saint Lau­rent mu­seum in Marrakech, Morocco, which opened mid last month.

Why: Sure, the Parisian coun­ter­part (it opened about two weeks ear­lier) has more archival pieces, but Marrakech was the de­signer’s spir­i­tual home – he owned mul­ti­ple res­i­dences and reg­u­larly re­treated there to work on col­lec­tions be­fore pre­sent­ing them in Paris. Such was the city’s in­flu­ence that Saint Lau­rent once said that be­fore dis­cov­er­ing Marrakech, he saw only in “black and white”, ac­cord­ing to a BBC in­ter­view with his long-time ro­man­tic and busi­ness part­ner Pierre Berge, who passed on a month be­fore the in­sti­tu­tion opened. That alone makes this a mecca for SL devo­tees, but the 43,000 sq ft space would ap­peal to fash­ion fiends and trav­ellers as much as it lives up to all the in­dus­try hype. Ex­pect reg­u­larly up­dated dis­plays show­cas­ing pieces mined from the Fon­da­tion Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Lau­rent’s ar­chives, which in­clude over 5,000 ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing, 15,000 haute cou­ture ac­ces­sories, and tens of thou­sands of per­sonal sketches. Ar­chi­tec­turally, it’s stun­ning – de­signed by Stu­dio KO, the same firm be­hind Lon­don’s Chiltern Fire­house and the Moroc­can homes of the Her­mes fam­ily, while ad­ja­cent is Jardin Ma­jorelle. Bought and re­stored by Saint Lau­rent and Berge in 1980, the gar­den is Africa’s most fa­mous – and where the de­signer’s ashes are scat­tered. Where: Rue Yves Saint Lau­rent (the street named af­ter the man in 2010), Marrakech, Morocco

The ex­ter­nal lat­tice made up of ter­ra­cotta bricks was de­signed to re­sem­ble the weave pat­tern of tex­tile.

The de­signer first vis­ited Marrakech in 1966 and fell in love with the city in­stantly.

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