Stealth Souvenirs
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Stealth Souvenirs

Philip Friedman

For certain savvy travelers, these understated keepsakes, available only at select stores in the world, are the ultimate status symbols—and a subtle wink to other globe-trotting members of the club.

1. At the original branch of London’s Daunt Books, wonderfully diverse titles line Edwardian oak shelves. This tote, given only to devoted shoppers, has become a coveted talisman of the well- read jet-setter. 83 Marylebone High St., London.

2. Espardenyes were traditionally worn by Catalan farmers. Now the rope-soled shoes, available at La Manual Alpargatera in Barcelona, one-up everyone else’s espadrilles—not least because they show you sympathize with the Catalan independence movement. 7 Carrer Avinyó, Barcelona.

3. Spot a man with the number seven embroidered on his tie? He’s telling the world he shops at Milanese men’s-wear emporium Al Bazar. The range of cuff links, ties, and rings bearing store owner Lino Ieluzzi’s birth date—and lucky number—have acquired cult status. 9 Via A. Scarpa, Milan.

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