The designer shares her low-maintenance packing logic.
She might have a cult following among fashionistas and an eye-catching new luggage line for Tumi (from $95), but style isn’t Anna Sui’s top priority when traveling. “I’m all about comfort,” she admits. That means stretch jeans from Uniqlo ($39) and a loose-fitting silk tunic from one of her past collections. New York–based Sui often flies to Japan for work and England to see friends, and fastidiously plans each day’s look in advance, favoring pieces in wrinkle-resistant chiffon or crepe de chine. “There’s nothing worse than bringing the wrong clothes.”
• “I scour London’s Portobello Market, a favorite shopping stop, for my vintage Bakelite jewelry.”
• “Always in my Tumi carry-on: noise-reducing headphones and British rock zines.”
• Sui’s Chippewa boots (from $149) are intentionally a bit big—easier to pull on and off.
• “I pack an extra collapsible bag in my suitcase for souvenirs—like the Tutankhamen head I bought in Egypt.”