Style + Fashion
Hotel-and-designer dream teams are offering custom canvas totes, just in time for beach season. We love the bag created by Anya Hindmarch for Le Sereno, in St. Bart’s, $358 (pictured). Here a few other faves:
Kate Spade for Starwood Preferred Guest, $199.
Missoni Home for Seaside Luxe at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Hawaii, $350.
Clare Vivier for Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica, Calif., $220.
Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure’s style director.
Photo courtesy of Anya Hindmarch
How’s this for street style? New York–based fashion brand Cityzen by Azin turns satellite images of global cities (Tehran! Tokyo! Dhaka!) into dresses, silk scarves, and leather bags. Never get lost again.
New York City in duchess satin, $1,330, Cityzen by Azin.
Three More Well-Plotted Accessories
• Canvas Mexico tote, $128, Echo.
• London clutch in suede and satin, $1,295, Anya Hindmarch.
• Monogrammed world map silk scarf, $460, Louis Vuitton.
Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure's style director.
Photo by John Lawton
It’s not often that we want to accessorize à la Carmen Miranda. But Colombian-born designer Nancy Gonzalez, known for her exotic-skin bags, has won us over with these too-cute-to-resist woven crocodile wristlets. Cue the samba! Available by special order at Bergdorf Goodman; 800/558-1855; from $2,550.
Photo by John Lawton
The next best thing to sand between your toes: these Ipanema-inspired patent-leather-and-grosgrain heels by Brit Sophia Webster. Tall and tan and definitely lovely. $485.
Photo by Carmen De Witt
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.
2407 NE Alberta Street
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.
15 Hanbury Street
Smart design makes for great travel. In honor of the 2013 T+L Design Awards—where we spotlight 22 winners as chosen by 7 experts—we're hosting a one-hour Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. ET. We'll chat about excellent design (cities, airports, hotels, and more), as well as reveal that perfectly designed item that should always be in your carry-on. The chat will coincide with T+L's Design Awards party in Berlin—so expect live tweets from the event.
Please join T+L for the chat, Wednesday, March 6 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.
Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer, @RebeccaMinkoff
Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, @robertrhammond
Toby McDonald, Design Hotels, @Design_Hotels
David Rockwell, Founder of Rockwell Group, @Rockwell_Group
Microsoft Surface, @surface
Museum of Arts and Design, @MADMuseum
Karrie Jacobs, T+L contributor, @KarrieUrbanist
How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. EDT and be sure to follow the chat host: @TravlandLeisure
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to tweetchat.com/room/TL_Chat
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions! Or ask your own questions! Take advantage of this special access to experts in design and travel.
All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.
Maria Pedone is a digital editoiral intern at Travel + Leisure.
Q: I am hoping to play golf on an upcoming business trip, but hate packing my bulky golf shoes. Any tips? —Joe English, via e-mail
A: You could stash them with your clubs, but I’ve got a better idea: Ecco just released a new water-resistant golf shoe (pictured; $190) that can be worn with jeans for a casual dinner as well as on the green (don’t just take our word for it—Fred Couples wore them throughout the 2012 PGA tour). If you’re headed to a rainy locale, also consider the three-layer nylon golf jacket by RLX Golf. It folds into a tiny, easy-to-stow bundle.
Packing is rarely easy—we're here to help. Send your question to email@example.com.
Photo by John Lawton
Q: I’m going to South Africa next month. I’ll need safari gear for a week at Sabi Sand Reserve and clothes for several days in Cape Town. What will work in each location? —Mary Catherine Blake, Sandy Springs, Ga.
A: It’s best to limit your color palette to neutrals (an especially good idea on game drives, where bright reds and jarring prints can provoke wildlife). Solumbra’s safari shirt (pictured; $80) has sun-protective qualities and wicks moisture away from your skin. For Cape Town, where daytime highs hover around 80 degrees in January, try this lightweight top from Lemlem ($200). It’s made of handwoven (and tissue-thin) Ethiopian cotton, with a pattern derived from local textiles. For a night out, A.L.C.’s peach-colored silk georgette dress ($645) is easy and chic. Lastly, Coolibar’s wide-brimmed crushable canvas hat ($45), rated UPF 50+, will keep you cool in both the city and the countryside.
Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by John Lawton
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.
Photo courtesy of Longchamp
Q. I will be traveling to Europe this coming May and will only be able to bring one 22” carry-on and one overnight bag (that will fit under the seat). I'll be in Paris from May 5 – 11, and then in Barcelona from May 12 – 16.
The weather should be okay, but most likely there will be rain. I'm stumped as to how to best pack so I'm prepared for anything while packing as light as possible.
What shoes would you recommend for daytime walking (a lot of walking!)? Jacket or sweater? How many pairs of jeans? How many tops?
This is my first big trip to Europe so I'm trying to be proactive and figure out now what is needed. Since I will be responsible for lugging my own bags from Paris to Spain, I am truly limited for packing purposes. —Marianne VanAuken, Chandler, AZ
A. Since this is your first trip across the pond you should know Europeans' idea of casual is a bit more pulled together than Americans'. Parisian culture is steeped in fashion history and they take it seriously, so if you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, bring your best casual looks and buy some new things too. I always think of myself as a representative of our country when abroad and step up the style quotient.