PR guru/savvy entrepreneur/enthusiastic globetrotter/longtime friend of T+L Melanie Brandman lives a life many would envy, traveling to all corners of the globe for her namesake company’s top-name travel clients.
And having also grown up in Australia and the Middle East, it’s no surprise Melanie’s world view is big—one that’s surely influenced and helped cultivate her good eye (and her good taste). Few know, however, that before her start in the travel industry, she worked as an editor at Vogue Australia.
Today, Melanie officially returns to her early professional roots with the launch of The Travel Curator. The new website is her little black book of favorite finds from the road. Think of it as the short list or cheat sheet (hotels, restaurants, shops, more) for the world’s top luxury destinations mixed with smart trend coverage.
The first city in the spotlight? Sydney, of course. Melanie tips readers off to everything from a Surry Hills boutique renown for its custom textiles to what she calls “the best food truck in the Southern Hemisphere,” which sells meat pies with all the fixings around the clock. “Believe me, at 2 a.m. it’s just what the doctor ordered.” We do, Melanie!
Next month, travel with Melanie to New York City.
This year marks the 80th birthday of abstract German painter
Gerhard Richter, and London’s Tate Modern is paying homage with “Gerhard
Richter: Panorama,” an expansive retrospective of the artist’s career across
the past five decades. Richter’s work can’t easily be pegged to one aesthetic,
and the exhibit (opening October 6) — featuring photograph-based portraits,
landscapes, glass constructions, works on paper and color charts—displays the
full range of his often politically-charged collection.
Here, T+L’s latest
picks for keeping
Clockwise from top
$6,600, by Chanel;
watch with leather
$1,650, Tag Heuer;
rubber strap, $2,100,
$4,200, David Yurman;
Baume & Mercier.
Photo by John Lawton
New in our October issue, on stands now: Travel + Leisure’s exciting Trip of the Month feature, Argentina: from Patagonia to Buenos Aires. In association with Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler, our travel club for deals on hotels, cruises, and more, the Trip of the Month offers T+L readers exclusive itineraries from the world’s top tour operators. What better way to kick off this new column than with an epic journey through Argentina?
Perfecting a cozy-chic outfit is important when it comes to traveling. Whether you're working or globe-trotting, it's essential to dress comfortably without looking as if you've just rolled out of bed.
Hudson Jeans and ISKO, a Turkish denim mill, have teamed up to produce the latest denim breakthrough: F&F—The Future Face of Indigo. The jeans look like your ordinary knit denims, however, they feel like your woven sweatpants; creating the perfect pair of jeans for your next trip.
Whether your next excursion will be a road trip, an international flight or a short train ride up the coast, you will now be able to dress comfortably without sacrificing your sense of style. The line is available for purchase at Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Nordstrom with prices ranging from $154 - $202.
Jessie Bandy is the assistant fashion editor at Travel + Leisure.
Photo courtesy of Hudson Jeans
Good news for shopaholics: Korean Air has scrapped 13 seats on each of its new Airbus A380’s to install in-flight duty-free stores—the first of their kind. These walk-in shops carry Lancôme beauty products, Longchamp totes, Crown Royal whisky, and more. Just make your picks, and they’ll be delivered before touchdown.
Illustration by Kagan McLeod
A spicy addition to Dior’s La Collection Privée, Patchouli Imperial (from $150) sources its namesake ingredient in Indonesia. Also in the mix: Sicilian mandarin and Russian coriander.
Lubin Paris—one of the world’s oldest perfumeries—has re-created Marie Antoinette’s personal scent using a formula from the late 1700’s. Black Jade (from $130) captures the essence of her rose gardens at Versailles, with hints of vanilla and sweet-smelling tonka beans from the Caribbean.
For Baiser Volé (from $75), Cartier’s in-house perfumer Mathilde Laurent explored the fleur-de-lis—a symbol of royalty throughout Europe—incorporating extracts from the lily’s pistil, petals, and leaves.
Creed donates up to 5 percent of the proceeds from Royal-Oud ($300)—with an opulent keynote derived from Indian agar wood—to children’s health clinics in the subcontinent.
Lunu (from $120)—part of Molton Brown’s Navigations Through Scent collection, which focuses on a single country in each of its five fragrances—has a heart of white jasmine, handpicked in Egypt.
Photo by Lars Klove
Amazon today announced some big news in the world of portable devices, with the release of three new, crazy affordable products that are expected to really shake things up in the marketplace.
Amazon Kindle Fire
Finally, Amazon enters into the über competitive world of tablets. And from what I can tell, they did it well and will be a force to be reckoned with. While the Fire doesn’t have all the assets you’ll get with an iPad and other tablets—there’s no camera, mic, and it’s not 3G/4G-compatible—it is the perfect (and affordable) happy medium for folks who want a mobile, web-ready device, but really have no use for all the fancy bells and whistles that come with other tablets. Initial public testing shows that it’s lightning-fast, visually crisp (the pixels-per-inch ratio actually exceeds the iPad, meaning the display is noticeably better), and at just 14.6 ounces, it’s super lightweight. Oh, and did I mention? It might only have 8GB storage, but it utilizes Amazon’s amazingly efficient cloud technology, which means there’s no need for files to be downloaded onto the tablet in order for you to access them. And the best part? The Fire will be introduced to the market at the astoundingly low cost of just $199.
China, already the world's second largest bullion consumer, has installed the country's first gold vending machine in a busy shopping district in Beijing, state media said on Sunday.
Shoppers in the popular Wangfujing Street can insert cash or use a bank card to withdraw gold bars or coins of various weights based on market prices, the People's Daily said on its website.
Each withdrawal is capped at 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) or one million yuan (about $156,500) worth of gold, the report said.
Gold vending machines already exist in Britain, the United States, the Middle East and Europe.
The cluttered realm of online shopping is becoming a little more refined thanks to a new breed of websites that deliver the goods with a highly selective approach. By asking tastemakers to step in as guest curators, they give you insider, and often exclusive, access to items from around the world. Ahalife.com allows you to buy one unique item daily from international designers. Whether it’s a cotton pestemal (hammam towel) made by local artisans in Buldan, Turkey, or a hand-beaded, tribal-chic necklace from London-based jeweler Fiona Paxton, everything is chosen by notable travelers such as Daniel Boulud or Petra Nemcova.