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San Miguel de Allende Reopens

As of July 15th, travelers can enjoy San Miguel de Allende while businesses must have state health certifications to operate

San Miguel de Allende, known as the “Heart of Mexico,” will start reopening to tourists today, with hotels working with a maximum 40% capacity and everyone must adhere to social distancing and mask protection.

On May 25, the city launched its “Health First” certification, which is granted after local health and safety officials evaluate each location and certify compliance with sanitary protocols for reopening. This was followed on July 2 with the city receiving the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels seal.

“Obtaining the WTTC’s ‘Safe Travels’ seal endorses this work and reaffirms that San Miguel de Allende is properly ready in terms of sanitation,” said Laura Torres-Septien, President of Tourism Board.

The town has a mystical quality that is unlike anything many travelers have experienced. With picturesque cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial architecture, the city showcases traditional architecture with modern excitements. For example, San Miguel de Allende has a spectacular setting for hot-air balloon rides and open eatery food tours, a flourishing wine country and tequila fields, and rooftop bars and restaurants.

Those planning to make their way to San Miguel in its current state will find the city fits well with the new realities of social distancing and the craving for outdoor activities. El Charco del Ingenio, Cañada de la Virgen, Benito Juárez Park, El Chorro Park, and Coyote Canyon Guanajuato are all exciting spots that visitors should be sure to enjoy.

Black Line Crazy Launches New Limited Edition Art Bags Line

Mary van de Wiel (aka Van), founder of Black Line Crazy (BLC), has announced the launch of her line of the same name, which includes limited edition bags and one-of-a-kind, hand-woven rugs and wall hangings featuring her paintings. Additionally, van de Wiel’s work was selected for an installation on Avenue of the Americas in New York City by And Partners which acts as ‘co-curators’ on behalf of its clients.

A former chief creative officer of her own award-winning branding agency with offices in New York and Sydney, Australia, van de Wiel has worked with countless Fortune 500 clients. At the same time, she realized she relished walking outside the line with her bold black and white graphic designs born from her love of doodling. One day in the middle of Mexico, van de Wiel picked up a brush and can of black house paint and started painting murals, collages and gallery windows—floor to ceiling. In 2015, she had her first successful exhibition at the Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney. A year later, she was invited to be part of a group show at Galeria Manuk in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Later moving to Mexico, van de Wiel started to create messenger bags that feature her paintings and signature and expanded her line to currently include totes and zippered sleeves as well as a hand-woven collection of rugs and wall hangings. Anyone purchasing items from her line instantly becomes a collector of a one-of-a-kind or limited edition piece which makes the work truly unique.

“I believe that art has a pulse and belongs in everyday life—not just on walls,” said Mary van de Wiel, founder of BLC. “It’s designed to be worn, carried and integrated with the personality of the owner as a means of self-expression.”

The new Black Line Crazy line can be viewed here.

About Black Line Crazy

BLC Collections, both form and function, are an invitation to walk outside the line. It’s art at the intersection of fashion, home and everyday life. Because sustainability is a must, BLC works very closely with makers and artisans, researching organizations that repurpose vinyl for a circular economy, rather than sending it to landfill. Additionally, BLC purposely chose master weavers who source their 100% wool from the state of Guanajuato—from a small group of farmers that have been tending to their animals’ welfare and the environment for decades. By

About And Partners

Based in New York City, And Partners helps clients build and differentiate their brands, drive sales and command a premium in the market place. The agency blends curiosity and creativity to uncover unique and authentic stories that elevates brands, helps solve business problems, and provides a meaningful launching pad for deeper conversations with diverse audiences. If you would like more information, visit their website.