88 SANTA FE, NEW MEX­ICO

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Judg­ing from the gift shops in Al­bu­querque, N.M., you’d think Break­ing Bad was the big­gest thing to hap­pen here— ever. But head 90 min­utes north­east to Santa Fe and you’ll find wide open spa­ces, Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe-fa­mous skies and deep In­dige­nous tra­di­tions. The town ap­pears like a mi­rage in the desert, with its low-rise ter­ra­cotta-coloured build­ings made of adobe bricks. Coach’s Stu­art Vev­ers ref­er­enced Santa Fe in his Spring 2019 col­lec­tion. Tom Ford keeps a ranch (nearly one-and-a-half times the size of Man­hat­tan) nearby. Visit in Au­gust, when the city of 80,000 pulls out all the stops for the Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket, where more than 1,200 In­dige­nous ar­ti­sans from across North Amer­ica set up shop in the city’s his­toric Plaza. Play “spot the lo­cal,” search­ing for col­lec­tors clad in elab­o­rate turquoise neck­laces and rings in the Na­tive Amer­i­can style. Fash­ion de­sign is a grow­ing draw at the mar­ket, with tick­ets to the fash­ion show con­sis­tently sell­ing out. But our favourite event was the Na­tive Amer­i­can Cloth­ing Con­test, which show­cases by­gone tra­di­tional dress from var­i­ous In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing vis­ual re­minder of the mul­ti­tude of tribes that to­day’s In­dige­nous peo­ple de­scend from. Eat: For a cozy and ca­sual vibe, check out the “good en­ergy” and com­fort food at Tea­house, tucked away from the Plaza, on Canyon Road’s gallery row. Sit­ting on its pa­tio will make you feel like you’re in a tree house un­der the stars.

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