We didn’t even have to board a plane to find the feel (and the tastes) of Cuba’s vibrant Old Havana. When our friends at kate spade new york asked us to bring some of the pieces from their latest Havana-inspired collection to life, we knew just where to go. Camille and friends hopped in to a 1957 Rambler Custom for a road trip to San Antonio’s beautifully restored Hotel Havana where pan-Latin influences throughout the hotel pay tribute to its colorful Cuban namesake. Come along for our fun road trip!
photography by wynn myers
The gals arrive to the Hotel Havana which overlooks San Antonio’s iconic Riverwalk. The lush exterior sets the tone for the style of the hotel that captures the festive spirit of the Caribbean island city.
jenn: madison ave. collection francis skirt, jayna sunglasses & laguna court caning adelaide alysha: mariella dress, harmony sunglasses, henry lane emmy & imelda heels camille: astor row palmero & idelisa heels kendra: madison avenue laguna court luxe penelope, amara 2 sunglasses & karolina heels kim: forest broome street capri, ivana heels, cedar street perforated small harmony & keeley sunglasses
The hotel was originally built in 1914. Visionary hotelier Liz Lambert of the famed Bunkhouse Group (Austin’s Hotel St. Cecilia and the Hotel San Jose and Marfa’s El Cosmico) revamped the historic spot and reopened it in 2010.
Bag Envy — Kim is the master of bringing together unexpected pattern combinations in the most delightful way. On our day in Havana, kate spade new york’s cedar street perforated small harmony tote in surprise coral was the just the right pop of color.
Our art director Jennifer Rose Smith, clad in her the madison ave. collection goodwin dress, takes a call inside one of Havana’s uniquely decorated suites. A quintessential Havana piece, the smoke and mirrors corbin bag rests beneath her.
Ocho’s Huitlacoche Quesadillas with avocado and poblano salsa were one of the highlights of our meal overlooking the Riverwalk while the Shrimp and Crab Campachena with spicy Twice Baked Saltines was a close second. I recently purchased the rio wave metro watch (pictured right), but love every timepiece in this season’s collection.
A close up view of the charming smoke and mirrors corbin bag.
Camille wearing the structured silk mini dress in cubanelle and the madison avenue collection my gem in havana short necklace. Alysha (in the gwendolyn dress) gab over post-lunch cafe con leches.
Then, it was time for a mojito making class with bartender Miguel.
- 3 lime wedges
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 1/2 oz Rum
- 1 oz simple syrup
- club soda
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle limes. Rub mint leaves between your hands and add to the shaker, then add liquids.
- Shake and pour into collins glass. Top off with club soda.
No celebration is complete without a party favor!
A post-lunch stroll along the Riverwalk was in order.
Alysha got in to the vibrant color palette of Havana in her gwendolyn dress, madison avenue capri earrings & harmony sunglasses.
Kendra is wearing the amara 2 sunglasses, the varadero tile necklace , the madison avenue collection tropical jungle cuff & the madison avenue laguna court luxe penelope.
Camille walks past the ivy-covered walls after checking out Havana’s inviting underground bar that you can’t miss on a visit to the Hotel!