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LV Speedy: Audrey Hepburn’s Handbag of Choice

LV Speedy

In 1965, Audrey Hepburn called Louis Vuitton with a small request: could they make a mini version of their Keepall duffel just for her? The answer: Mais oui, Madame. Now a globe-trotter’s handbag of choice, the LV Speedy ($2,490) has been upgraded with embossed leather and a shoulder strap—making any holiday chic, Roman or otherwise.

Mimi Lombardo is Travel + Leisure's style director.

Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Wingtip: San Francisco’s Haven for Gentlemen

Wingtip San Francisco

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.

Photo by David Alexander Arnold

Travel Uniform: Thelma Golden

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For the style-setting director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, packing is high art.

“My clothes reflect my passion for beautiful things,” says Thelma Golden, the director and chief curator of New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem and one of the most powerful women in the art world. Golden racks up frequent-flier miles visiting her London-based husband, designer Duro Olowu, and attending exhibitions in such far-flung destinations as Morocco and Senegal. She always packs camisoles and tights from Uniqlo’s Heattech line (from $13); black Minnie pants from J. Crew (from $90); and a careful curation of shoes. How many? “That’s complicated. Let’s just say as many as possible.”

• On view at the Studio Museum through March 10: Harlem Postcards, images from the storied neighborhood.

• “This coat is from my husband’s collaboration with JC Penney ($75).

• Flats, like these from Roger Vivier ($625), are a must. “We’ve all had three-mile hikes in airports.”

• The Large Metro tote from MZ Wallace ($195) is “even bigger than it looks, and has a fabulous shape.”

Photo by Jake Chessum

Beauty Road Test: Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara

Pur Minerals mascara

Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.

The product: Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara, $20

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!

Verdict: Packable.

Kathryn O'Shea-EvansKathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Photo courtesy of Pur Minerals

Jia Collection's Reversible Winter Coat

reversible winter coat

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!

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

Made in China and Proud of It

Brand New China

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.

Photo courtesy of www.xintiandi.com

Best Sun-Protective Clothing for Travel

Sun-Protective Clothing: Parasol shirt

Q: My husband and I are traveling to Brazil. We both have fair skin, so we’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen. Does sun-protective clothing really work? —Sadie Walker-Jones, via e-mail

A: Definitely! Clothes are rated on a different scale, though: UPF, or ultraviolet protection factor. The average T-shirt has a low UPF (anywhere between five and eight). By contrast, all of the following have the highest possible amount—50-plus. Parasol, founded by a former Vogue editor, offers pieces made of quick-drying Italian Lycra, while Coolibar creates its fabric from Australian eucalyptus trees (both also wick away moisture to keep you cool). The Patagonia line comes in everything from wide-brimmed hats to leggings.

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

Travel Uniform: Via Spiga's Edmundo Castillo

Edmundo Castillo

For this sharp shoe designer, flying is all about unplugging and head-to-toe comfort.

As the creative director of Via Spiga—not to mention the talent behind a namesake line of women’s shoes and the men’s footwear brand Casbia—Edmundo Castillo has a pretty hectic life. Which is why he loves air travel: “It’s my time to disconnect and not have the phone ringing,” he says.

Castillo gets ample time to himself en route to factory visits in Milan (where he keeps an apartment), business trips in China, and vacations in Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, and his native Puerto Rico. In flight, he watches 30 Rock and Mad Men on his iPad, which he carries in a vintage-corduroy sleeve by Milan-based Pijama (from $38). When he wants to sleep, Castillo relies on his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones (from $200) because “they block all the noise.” As for his on-the-go outfit: “I usually land and go straight to work,” he says, “so it’s important to stay in style, but also feel comfortable.”

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T+L Favorite: Tory Burch’s Travel-Friendly Dress

Tory Burch dress

Q: We’re attending a wedding in Bali. The ceremony is on a beach, but the reception is indoors. Can you recommend a dress for the occasion? —Hiromi Tsunashima, Coral Gables, Fla.

A: The batik-style print of this silk dress by Tory Burch ($350) evokes the traditional look of the region but is still lightweight and travel-friendly. The long sleeves—a must for formal events in Bali—are fairly loose-fitting, cool enough for the beach but also just right for air-conditioning. Add sandals and a clutch and you’re good to go.

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Packing Tips for Business Travel

business travel packing tip: Land's End tie

Q: I take frequent business trips and want to update my wardrobe. Any advice? —John Kinninger, Las Vegas, Nev.

A: The new reversible ties from Canvas Lands’ End ($50) multiply your style options without adding bulk. It’s also worth investing in Ted Baker’s three-piece suit ($825), made from wool that’s spun specifically to resist creases. You’ll go from plane to boardroom looking like you mean business.

Packing is rarely easy—we’re here to help. Send your question to tripdoctor@aexp.com.

Photo by John Lawton

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