April 29, 2009

British conceptual artist Tracey Emin took her passion for travel and sent it packing. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Longchamp's classic Le Pliage bag, Emin applied her avant-garde sensibility to a three-piece collection. Only 200 of the "International Woman" suitcases (www.longchamp.com; 877/566-4242; $4,000) were made, each embroidered with the name of a hotel, city, or street where the artist has fallen in love. "I thought of how I always travel alone now and imagined how fantastic it would be to have someone meet me at the other end," she explains. Here, Emin reveals a few of her favorite places.

WATER BABY "Nice pools are my priority. Hôtel Costes in Paris [239 Rue St.-Hónoré; 33-1/42-44-50-00; doubles from $616] has a brilliant one underground."

BEST VIEW "In Sydney, I like Sean's Panorama [270 Campbell Parade; 61-2/9365-4924; dinner for two $50], a surfer's restaurant in north Bondi."

HOT HANGOUT "If I want to dance, I go to London's Sketch [9 Conduit St.; 44-870/777-4488]. My night usually ends up on the tables at my local pub, the Golden Heart [110 Commercial St.; 44-207/247-2158]."
—Tanya Jensen

Sean's Panorama

Hôtel Costes

Located near one of Paris’s most upscale shopping districts in the 1st Arrondissement, the Hôtel Costes is a magnet for the fashion-forward, chic crowd. The hotel features luxurious guest rooms decorated in bright colors and accented with Napoleon III pieces, as well as a fitness center and outdoor swimming pool. The real attraction at the Hôtel Costes is, however, its nightlife. As the evening wears on, the lobby, bars, and restaurant convert into a nightclub with deejays. The hotel’s club scene has attracted such celebrities as Kylie Minogue and Bruce Willis.

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