Stylish in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende
The fact that we live in an ever-increasingly flat world is especially—and painfully—clear when it comes to shopping for unique finds while traveling. Whether it’s H&M in Sicily, Prada in Guam or Louis Vuitton on Aruba, the list of the usual retail suspects popping up in the most far-flung places is constantly growing. And finding those unique destination-specific boutiques is increasingly difficult, which makes the discovery of a place like San Miguel de Allende’s Sollano 16 (www.sollano16.com), even more meaningful. The brainchild of Californian entrepreneur Anne Harte, the lifestyle boutique is located in a beautifully restored 18th-century colonial building, which serves as a soulful backdrop to Harte’s inspired collection. The boutique features a well-edited assembly of stylish finds from around the world (fashion, accessories, jewelry, wares for the home). Indagare spoke with Harte about her store and restaurant, as well as other favorites finds in San Miguel and beyond.
Can you share the story of the beginning of Sollano 16?
I had been in the art business in Mexico City and would go to San Miguel de Allende whenever possible. This gorgeous building on Sollano 16 suddenly became available for sale. I bought it on a whim, as the space was irresistible: two large courtyards with Moorish arches framed by jacaranda trees. I initially had no idea what to do with it and then slowly, over a period of five years, it evolved into a high- end home-lifestyle store.