The architect and designer opens her (well-edited) suitcase.
“The less I pack, the more relaxed I feel,” says the Spanish-born, Milan-based designer, known for her punchy Modernist style in hotels from Puerto Rico (W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island) to Barcelona (Mandarin Oriental). “I’ve lost my luggage several times, so I only take a carry-on”—usually a well-worn Globe-Trotter cabin bag with leather trim (price upon request) and a roomy Céline tote (from $2,400). Whether she is traveling to Berlin (where she is working on the Das Stue hotel), Istanbul, or São Paulo, Brazil, Urquiola chooses a simple look that can be dressed up or down. One fail-safe outfit: a vintage Marni jacket, V-neck sweater from Cos ($87), and slightly faded Acne jeans ($250). Accessories include comfortable Robert Clergerie brogues ($495) and a Rolex Air-King watch. “Telling time using my cell phone just isn’t as reliable.”
What’s in Her Bag:
“A reversible silk and wool scarf by Pierre-Louis Mascia is great for converting day to evening wear, and doubles as a wrap.”
“I pack Prada heels and jewelry in case I need to make a quick change in the taxi for a work party.”
“Before getting off the plane, I apply YSL’s lash-lengthening Volume Effet Faux Cils mascara and Chanel Teint Innocence face powder. They’re my armor.”