London-based accessories designer Anya Hindmarch made headlines last year when she introduced an eco-friendly tote emblazoned with the message I’m not a plastic bag. It sold out everywhere and brought attention to the impact shopping can have on the world. Hindmarch, who also creates first-class amenity bags for British Airways, has always had a global point of view, in part because her parents regularly took her on vacation to far-flung destinations. “We were such exotic travelers; it was an incredible education,” she says of her childhood jaunts to Africa, the West Indies—and all over the United States. “Arizona was quite foreign for a child raised in England.” These days, she’s still jetting across the globe—from Belgium to Bahrain—to open 10 stores in the next few months alone. Given her own frenzied travel schedule, it’s little wonder she decided to design products to help ease the journey. “My Luce wallet is great for organizing currency and receipts—and it doubles as an evening purse,” she says. “And my Pablo luggage holds loads, but looks small.” Her other travel essentials include her Cadia caftan (“a smart cover-up”), her Ross sandals (“incredibly comfortable”), Moleskine Cahier sketchbooks, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Aesop facial oil, and a trusty Leica digital camera. “Travel gives me awareness of how to design for people—it feeds me.”
Anya Hindmarch, Accessories Designer
Hindmarch’s Top Spots
Chelsea Physic Garden
“They incorporate the healing properties of plants in the teas on the menu.” 66 Royal Hospital Rd.; 44-20/7352-5646; chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk.
Cap Ferrat, France
“One of my favorite souvenirs is a pair of handmade Tropezienne sandals.” 16 Rue Seillon; 33-4/94-97-41-50.
“I go early in the morning to this huge open-air market to buy lovely linens.”
“Winding alleyways lead to the restaurant’s courtyard, strewn with petals.” 79 Sidi Ahmed Soussi; 212-24/382-900; dinner for two $190.