It takes work getting there but after two connections, a layover, and a 200 mile drive from the nearest airport, you feel a sense of accomplishment arriving in Marfa, TX. A tiny jewel buried in the vast expanse of far west Texas, Marfa has been a contradiction ever since its unofficial founder, artist Donald Judd, began renting a house here in 1971.
Nestled in between hundreds of thousands of acres of government property and private ranches, Marfa is a haven for contemporary art looking to make a mark on barren land. A juxtaposition of art against desert, new against old. We were drawn to this and the clean, empty desert. A perfect antidote to hectic city life. A place where James Dean shot Giant, his last leading role before the actor's untimely death. A place where the Cohen brothers sought fit to film Javier Barden claim his first victim on a desolate stretch of Pinto Canyon Road in No Country for Old Men. A place where P.T. Anderson’s There Will be Blood shot nearly all of its 158 minutes on one of Marfa’s largest working ranches. If it’s authentic enough for Daniel Day-Lewis, it’s authentic enough for us.
We slept on the floors of vintage Airstreams, roamed the wide open desert collecting old beer bottles and drank by fireside after production wrapped – the stuff of great adventures with friends.
Our Spring/Summer collection was at home here – a place where you can find yourself driving a 356 one hundred miles without passing another car. Wide open. Silent. Inspiring. Welcome to behind the scenes of Rivay Spring Summer 2016 and Marfa, Texas.