Alexandra Senes is one of the more stylish nomads you’ll ever meet. Born in Senegal, she grew up in New York, then Paris, and after founding the fashion magazine Jalouse and working as a creative consultant and journalist, she began her real passion project. Senes is the founder of Kilometre, a brand of perfect white tunics that are hand-embroidered with motifs that pay homage to her favorite places, both hidden and in plain sight, around the world. Though simplistic in their structure, the Kilometre wares require Senes to constantly be on the road and in the air—she works with female artisans in Mexico on the stitching and meets with craftsmen in places like Pakistan, Morocco, and India. The collections that Senes creates are essentially wearable postcards, imaginative interpretations of the hidden corners of Paris, untouched islands in Italy, and newly developed art communities in Peru. Kilometre inspires travel but also, at its core, discovery.
Below, Senes shares the five destinations she’s aching to explore this spring and summer, poetically represented with a little needle and thread.
Hobart, on the Island of Tasmania
“I have actually never been to Hobart, but it is my dream to go to Tasmania just to see the Museum of Old and New Art. I think it is a destination in and of itself—a rusty fortress on the edge of a cliff over the Derwent River, an underground bunker of amazing old and new art. MONA is at the end of the world. Surely it is a postmodern museum, deconstructing everything that any curator has ever expected from an exhibition scenographer. It is the most eccentric and out-of-this-world contemporary art center one could imagine.”
The Barranco Neighborhood in Lima, Peru
“Thirty-five years after leaving Lima, photographer Mario Testino decided it was time to give back to his hometown. He opened the photo gallery MATE in 2012 in Barranco, the capital’s colorful and bohemian seaside district. I am incredibly fond of Barranco, which was a fashionable resort town in the 19th century for the local aristocracy. They spent their summers in the area’s wonderful villas until urbanization pushed them out. Decaying mansions were abandoned for decades before Lima’s arts community settled back after 2000.”
Pantin in Paris
“Real Parisians tend to adore Paris in the summer, when everyone has gone to the beach and the city is all theirs. If you’re in Paris this summer, cross the ring road and explore Pantin, which is bound to soon become Paris’s version of Brooklyn. It is a delight to visit La Villette park or walk along the Canal de L’Ourcq when it’s sunny. Historically, Pantin was a working-class neighborhood, far from the picture-perfect central Paris. But there is a major urban renewal happening in the area—there are new creative agencies, haute couture studios, contemporary art galleries, and concert halls to explore. I particularly like to stop at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, which is housed in a former heating systems factory and features artists like Erwin Wurm and Gilbert and George. Also, it’s nice to have lunch at Café Bleu, the gallery’s restaurant at the top of the building.”
Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California
“The south coast of Carmel and Point Lobos State Park is wild and rugged, lined with golden and uninterrupted cliffs plunging into the Pacific Ocean. I love the dramatic Highway 1, running through the wilderness with all its twists and turns. Stop for a glass of California wine by the fire on the terrace of Bar Nepenthe. It was built on the ruins of a cabin that Orson Welles bought for Rita Hayworth, but where she refused to spend any time. The fool!”
Procida Island, Italy
“Most people who travel to the Bay of Naples rush to the Godard-famous Capri or the glamorous Ischia and tend to overlook the bay’s smallest but most authentic island, Procida. Refreshingly real, it is home to multicolored houses, dreamy marinas, and secret lemon groves. After ferrying from Naples to Procida, take a break at Ristorante Scarabeo. It’s hidden in a lemon grove at the heart of the island, and the owner, Signora Battinelli, cooks local Procidan cuisine, notably, coniglio alla procidana, a traditional rabbit stew.”
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