September 18, 2014

Hotel executive Katherine Melchior Ray knows how to stay stylish on the fly.

Although Katherine Melchior Ray, the vice president of luxury brands at Hyatt Hotels, is on the road at least twice a month, she never forgets to pack a touch of home. “I bring my own coffee mug. That way, I don’t feel like I’m in a hotel, especially if I’m in bed and the sun’s coming in.”

A former strategist for the fashion industry, Melchior Ray now shuttles from hotel openings (including the new Park Hyatts in New York and Vienna) to Park Hyatt’s headquarters in Chicago to her home in Portland, Oregon. To stay polished, she opts for understated pieces that transition easily from airport to meeting: stretchy, cropped 7 for All Mankind jeans, a solid blazer by Façonnable, a Narciso Rodriguez clutch, and a pair of favorite Elie Tahari pumps are all sophisticated yet comfortable. A Louis Vuitton carryall emblazoned with a bright Stephen Sprouse print provides a counterpoint. “It’s classic yet irreverent,” she says.

Melchior Ray has already clocked an estimated 110,000 air miles this year. “Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved to fly. I feel a sense of opportunity when the wheels lift off.”

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