With a new book out this month and a pop-up store at Barneys New York through November, Vietnam native Muriel Brandolini has truly landed on the style map. Here, the designer tells T+L about the country that informs her textured, vibrant interior designs.
Q: What are some memorable moments from your last trip to Vietnam?
A: I stayed at the Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa (doubles from $175) and trekked with a guide to the isolated Hoang Lien Son mountain range, near the Chinese border. Wandering through the Bac Ha Sunday Market in Sapa in search of crafts and textiles is extraordinary.
If you're like me, you can't be without your beloved iPod-or other MP3 player when traveling. Whether it's passing time on a long bus commute (my primary mode of transportation) or soaking up the rays at the beach, the perfect tunes enhance the travel experience. And so, in turn, do the perfect tech accessories.
It may be getting chilly in the Baltics, but Helsinki is heating up. Finland’s biggest city—perhaps best known for its colorful Marimekko prints and Modernist works by the late, great Alvar Aalto, not to mention its abundant saunas—has been named the 2012 World Design Capital.
Once-gritty Jægersborggade, a cobblestoned thoroughfare in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district, has been transformed by locals selling everything from house-made candy to flea-market treasures.
Arrive early at the compact café Meyers Bageri, owned by a cofounder of Noma (S. Pellegrino’s best restaurant in the world for 2011). The pumpkinseed rye bread and cinnamon buns made with organic Nordic flour often sell out by 9 a.m. No. 9; 45/3918-6900; breakfast for two $15.
Coffee Collective brews a clean cuppa using direct-trade beans from the developing world that are hand-roasted on site. Learn DIY techniques during one of its monthly courses. Coffee for two $6.
Sub-continental style takes on a refreshing meaning with the launch of “Shop of Indian Origin” (SOIO) this month. Irked by stale representations of Indian design—think mango motifs and Taj Mahal prints—U.K.-based entrepreneur, Nisha John, created a much-needed web portal for artists and designers “linked to India by body, mind our soul.” The result is a delightfully whimsical collection (paintings, jewelry, clothing and home goods) of over 300 pieces that include rickshaw-patterned flip-flops, teak wood purses, and pillowcases splattered with images from vintage Bollywood films.
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