Finding a good camera bag that is both functional and stylish is a seemingly near-impossible feat, at least in my findings. They’re always bulky, vinyl, sacks, with nothing new or fashionable brought to the table. Yeah, I get it: its primary purpose is to organize and protect your camera and accessories, but why does it have to be so dull? I like a little flare, okay?
So I was pretty excited when I saw the newest line of Acme Made camera bags, which just hit the market this earlier this week. They’re functional, good-looking bags, and come in four different sizes, depending on how much equipment you’ll be carting around with you. You can buy them in olive green and grey, but I’m partial to the grey one, which has a brushed nickel look to it, and a delightfully surprising burst of lime green on the inside. The internal compartments are adjustable and/or collapsible, so you can customize it to suit your needs.
The woman who gives Bergdorf Goodman its distinctive flair shares her on-the-road routine.
“If I don’t look right, then I just don’t feel right,” says Linda Fargo, senior vice president of women’s fashion, store design, and presentation at New York City’s iconic department store. Which is why she packs more than she needs for her jaunts to European runway shows and vacations on the Italian Riviera. One tip: she packs clothes on hangers in plastic dry-cleaning bags inside her large T. Anthonycase. “Almost nothing gets wrinkled,” she swears.
Just before she kicked off the Philip Treacy show wearing a hot pink burka, Lady Gaga turned to the models backstage and slyly asked, "Any tips?" And then out came the pop diva to sing the praises of this designer's unique vision as hyper-tall women in wearable art bounced through the Gothic hall at the Royal Courts of Justice in London during Fashion Week.
Two venerable French institutions are pulling back the curtains to reveal the craftsmanship behind their stylish goods. L’Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels(from $750) offers four-hour classes on jewelry history and design in a gilded 18th-century atelier on Paris’s Place Vendôme. Students can try on a few sparklers, too. Stateside, Hermès is hosting the Festival des Metiers, a traveling exhibition making stops in New York, San Francisco, and Houston this fall. Visitors can interact with artisans sewing supple leather into Kelly bags using techniques first developed in the 1930’s. Sadly, you don’t get extra credit for shopping.
If you share a love for fashion and travel, join us tomorrow for a live tweet-up with T+L’s fashion director Mimi Lombardo. She’ll be teaming up with a panel of experts to help you best plan for a fashionable fall getaway. We’ll talk trends, packing tips, shopping destinations, and more! We hope you’ll join us!
1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat hosts: @TravlandLeisure and @MimiLombardo 2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow. 3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to http://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 this fab panel and get some expert travel advice.
Move along, food trucks: mobile boutiques are hitting the streets. Styleliner(pictured)—an old potato-chip delivery truck—peddles Spanish crystal-and-mesh clutches and other global finds up and down the East Coast. Portland, Oregon, is naturally hip to the craze: Lodekka, a 1965 double-decker, carries a wide range—from 1970’s patterned dresses to tweed coats. Dallas’s bright green Vintagemobile also specializes in retro. You’ll find paisley tops, YSL sunglasses, and cowboy boots from the 50’s. And in St. Paul, Minnesota, Uniquely Attainable has gone the housewares route: Midcentury Modern furniture and kitschy pillows are sold from a school bus.
The editors at T+L have been tracking the growing trend of global hotel brands catering to the needs and preferences of Chinese tourists—as we noted in our June issue, 78 million Chinese are expected to travel abroad this year, spending upwards of $80 billion. So it comes as little surprise that hotels are offering unique touches in the form of Chinese-language newspapers and TV channels, dim sum and congee on the menu, and avoiding the number 4 in room and floor assignments (it's considered unlucky).
Yves Durif Travels Across the Hall, and Around the World
Travel aficionados may typically flock to The Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side for its handsome décor and impeccable service (elevator operators included). But this month, the big news is the renovated the third floor, where celebrity hair stylist Yves Durif has expanded his namesake salon.