The word vintage denotes something of high quality from the past. These vintage shops from around the world stock clothing and accessories you'll want to hold onto. After all, a pair of cowboy boots purchased in Colorado will help you remember your trip a lot longer than a souvenir keychain.
Portland's fashionistas (that's not a complete oxymoron) head to this shop for serious vintage pieces. The space is more boutique than thrift shop with clean, organized racks and a good variety of choices from several eras. Items come and go quickly and the shopkeepers can help even the most discerning buyer incorporate period pieces into customers' wardrobes. The service is unparalleled: The owner quickly fixed a tiny hole I found in a Navajo sweater while I waited.
Marriott International and a subsidiary of the Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea announced yesterday that they're teaming up to launch a new budget hotel brand, called Moxy, with outposts across Europe. The plans, which have been in the works for at least a year, call for the first Moxy to open in Milan in 2014, with 150 to follow in the next decade.
Though the new hotels will surely channel Ikea's cheap and chic contemporary design sensibility and Marriott's legendary hotel management savvy, details about the brand are scarce. (We are somewhat disappointed to learn that they will not be kitted out in Ikea furniture, though happy to hear that free in-room wifi and floor-to-ceiling wall art are on the menu.) The announcement got us thinking, though, about our vision for the ultimate Ikea-style hotel:
° In-room dining menu features meatballs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your mid-afternoon snack: Swedish fish.
° Guests who assemble their own Birkeland nightstands upon arrival receive a 15 percent discount on their room.
° Taking the pillow menu to new heights, Moxy allows guests to select their own bedding from a vast basement warehouse.
° No need to surreptitiously smuggle bathrobes, slippers, and bathroom amenities away in your suitcases. For your convenience, the hotel provides guests with a bright blue plastic bag.
° Finding your room involves wending your way through vast, crazy-making hallways until finally, with great relief, you arrive at your door.
Paris-based Longchamp, beloved by prepsters for its fold-up nylon travel carryall, is introducing something graphic: this canvas-and-calfskin bag inspired by Argentina’s country estates and the vivid work of Mexican Modernist architect Luis Barragán. Arm candy, indeed. $640.
History and hipsters coexist on the leafy, laid-back streets of Chiang Mai’s Wat Gate quarter.
A former home base of the 19th-century teak exporter East Borneo Company has been revived as 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, a hotel whose 30 suites are decorated with four-poster beds, claw-foot tubs, and bright orchids. Book a room on the second floor for a well-shaded veranda. 2 Na Wat Gate Soi 1. $$$
The open-air Hinlay Curry House serves terrific (and super-affordable) Indian dishes such as aloo gobi, pumpkin curry, and flaky rotis. Save room for the house-made coconut ice cream—a perfect salve for the tropical climate. 8/1 Na Wat Gate; 66-53/324-621. $
An island of panache in a sea of hoodies and jeans, Wingtip is a haven for nattily dressed San Francisco gentlemen. In addition to such modern-classic labels as Peter Millar and Luciano Barbera, the store stocks all manner of accoutrements (carved-horn shaving kits; cut-to-fit-belts; champagne sabers)—and even employs a tailor, shoe shiner, barber, and hatmaker. This spring, the full-service haberdashery adds a private club upstairs, where guests will be able to smoke cigars, taste wine, or practice their golf swings, all while debating the next big start-up. 550 Montgomery St.; T+L readers can access the club free with a $50 purchase.
Jaime Gillin is Travel + Leisure's San Francisco correspondent.
Pros: It's made with ingredient du jour Moroccon Argan oil—"loaded with vitamin E, antioxidants and omega 3 and 9 fatty acids." I love the packaging (sleek pink and black); plus the fact that the mascara stays on all day but rinses away easily with soap and water.
Cons: It's very clumpy right out of the tube, but personally I like that. Gives my delicate Irish lashes a little Liz Taylor-esque ooph!
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.
I finally pitched my Droid2 for an iPhone recently and am still floored by how good the camera on it is. But now that I've figured out Instagram, I'm excited to see there's a bunch of new iPhoneography apps out there to play with. Here are some of my favorites:
Piction—$0.99 Want to add text to your photos? With Piction you can easily add captions in a variety of different fonts, seen above, including a few custom ones alongside classics like Futura (so you can make all Instagram photos look like screen grabs from a Wes Anderson movie, if you're so inclined).
Vine—free Vine is like Instagram but for small gif-like looping videos. I'm still figuring out how to use this (confession: my entire feed is just videos of my cat, so far), but it has a lot of potential to share something more compelling than just snapshots. Be warned, the most recent update includes a requirement that users must be 17+ due to some, ahem, questionable content cropping up on the app.
Q: We’re spending two weeks in Stockholm in February, and I want a new warm winter coat. I can only take one, so I’d like it to be versatile. Recommendations? —Marna Eklund, Palo Alto, Calif.
A: I’m currently obsessing over Jia Collection, a line of convertible clothing by Chinese designer Jia Li that includes dresses, cardigans, and more. Her hunter green cashmere-and-Italian-wool jacket with leather trim ($940) is toasty and reverses to ash gray. Two for the price of one!
Brand New China, a loft-like shop in Beijing's trendy Sanlitun neighborhood, takes aim at the Made in China stereotype by showcasing the country’s emerging fashion designers. Several other noteworthy boutiques are doing the same, such as Shanghai Trio and the enigmatically named Even Penniless. Beijing also saw the opening of Dover Street East, the six-story outpost of Rei Kawabuko’s cutting-edge emporium.
Jennifer Chen is Travel + Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter @xiaochen6.