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Packing Tips for Business Travel

business travel packing tip: Land's End tie

Q: I take frequent business trips and want to update my wardrobe. Any advice? —John Kinninger, Las Vegas, Nev.

A: The new reversible ties from Canvas Lands’ End ($50) multiply your style options without adding bulk. It’s also worth investing in Ted Baker’s three-piece suit ($825), made from wool that’s spun specifically to resist creases. You’ll go from plane to boardroom looking like you mean business.

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

T+L's Favorite Travel Shoes: Tieks

Tieks foldable shoes

Q: I’ve seen a lot of folding travel shoes that seem like they’d be comfortable (especially after an evening in high heels). Which are your favorites? —Cass Mitchell, Santa Monica, Calif.

A: You’re right—there are dozens of collapsible shoes on the market, but some are flimsy. Personally, I love Tieks by Gavrieli (from $165), which have a sturdy rubber sole and a breathable leather innersole. Each pair comes in a pouch—and with a small nylon bag to carry your heels. They’re incredibly versatile, transition easily from day to night, and are available in bright patent-leather colors for extra kick.

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

Fashion Watch: Our Favorite Women's Oxford Shoes

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The classic oxford is the women’s shoe of the moment—chic, timeless, and sturdy enough for the long haul (clockwise, from bottom left).

• Tricolor wing tip, $750, Robert Clergerie.
• Patent-leather brogue with rubber sole, $435, AGL.
• Leather and calf-hair wing tip, $660, Fratelli Rossetti.
• Two-tone goat-leather oxford, $560, Strenesse Gabriele Strehle.
• Polished-leather shoe, $790, Derek Lam.
• Monochrome leather oxford, $405, Longchamp.

Photo by Levi Brown

Trip Doctor: TSA’s Wrapped Gift Policy

wrapped holiday gifts

Q: I’m traveling for the holidays. What is the current airline policy on wrapped gifts? —Molly Richins, Astoria, N.Y.

A: The TSA doesn’t prohibit them, but if an agent asks to see what’s inside, you have to comply. Because they’re legally allowed to open the gifts in your checked baggage as well as those in your carry-on, it’s best to wrap when you arrive (or send them ahead).

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

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The History of Ferragamo

Ferragamo shoe

A passion for shoemaking has turned this Italian brand into a lifestyle powerhouse that defines la dolce vita.

The Hotels: Salvatore Ferragamo’s son Leonardo runs the Lungarno Collection, including Hotel Lungarno in Florence; another son, Massimo, opened Tuscany’s Castiglion del Bosco.

The Clothes: Salvatore’s daughter Giovanna introduced ready-to-wear in 1965. Ferragamo’s Fall 2012 collection is by current creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.

The Stars: After opening a Hollywood shop in 1923, Salvatore Ferragamo became an A-list favorite.

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Best New Blue Designer Watches

blue designer watches

We love our smart phones, but why not check the time the old-fashioned way? These ocean-hued watches combine form and function. Top to bottom:

• Diamond-set steel Cape Cod, $10,950, by Hermès.
• Constellation-dial automatic with alligator strap, $3,195, Movado.
• Luminescent and waterproof Regatta chronograph, $10,450, Louis Vuitton.
• Triple-time-zone chronograph with rotating bezel, $9,010, Breitling.
• Stainless-steel with dual alarm, $650, Seiko.
• 24-city Richard Branson limited edition, $3,500, Bulova Accutron.
• Reversible ultra-thin ladies’ watch with Valextra strap, $8,000, Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Photo by Levi Brown

Hot New Leather Totes

leather totes

Whether you’re looking to carry in-flight essentials or farmers’ market finds, these roomy leather bags score major points for both form and function.

From Top to Bottom:
Pebbled leather bucket tote, $3,100, Hermès.
Calf-skin leather color-blocked shopper, $795, Bally.
Perforated Italian-leather bag, $265, MZ Wallace.
Embossed leather carryall, $2,160, Louis Vuitton.
Leather top-stitched carryall, $910, CH Carolina Herrera.
Grained leather shoulder bag, $572, Jennifer Haley.

Photo by John Lawton

The History of Bulgari

Bulgari

What started as a tiny shop in Rome is now a top Italian export, with hotels and jewels that continue to dazzle.

The Jewelry: Authentic antique Greek and Roman coins have been a hallmark since heir Nicola Bulgari first started mounting his collection on gold in the 1960’s. Price upon request.

The Hotels: The company’s third property, Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London (rates not available at press time), opens in May.

The Amenities: Bulgari hotels stock their own delicately scented green-tea bath products.

The Idol: Elizabeth Taylor said Bulgari’s shop was a highlight of filming Cleopatra in Rome—so much so that Richard Burton remarked: “The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is Bulgari.”

The Backstory: Though the brand was originally launched in 1884, Sotirio Bulgari opened this shop on Rome’s Via dei Condotti in 1905; it still stands today.

The Bag: Snakeskin leather purse embellished with gold chains and replica coins. $3,200.

The Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Bulgari sapphires and diamonds at the International Rome Film Festival.

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Cartier's Calibre Multiple Time Zone Watch

Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone watch

In an era of mass-produced gadgets, there is a certain pride in knowing that a single Swiss artisan produced your watch by hand. Case in point: the 18-karat white-gold and alligator Cartier Calibre Multiple Time Zone. With the ability to track the time in 24 cities and a face that displays the hour in two places at once, this is the ultimate accessory for jet-setters. Price upon request.

Photo courtesy of Cartier

Jules Reid’s Summer Shirt

Jules Reid shirt

Our freshest summer find: this hand-embroidered cotton-and-silk voile top by Virginia-based designer Jules Reid ($295). With its vibrant kiwi print, it works at the beach or out on the town.

Photo by Lars Klove

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