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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

T+L's Favorite Travel Shoes: Tieks

Tieks foldable shoes

Q: I’ve seen a lot of folding travel shoes that seem like they’d be comfortable (especially after an evening in high heels). Which are your favorites? —Cass Mitchell, Santa Monica, Calif.

A: You’re right—there are dozens of collapsible shoes on the market, but some are flimsy. Personally, I love Tieks by Gavrieli (from $165), which have a sturdy rubber sole and a breathable leather innersole. Each pair comes in a pouch—and with a small nylon bag to carry your heels. They’re incredibly versatile, transition easily from day to night, and are available in bright patent-leather colors for extra kick.

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

Photo by John Lawton

Fashion Watch: Our Favorite Women's Oxford Shoes

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The classic oxford is the women’s shoe of the moment—chic, timeless, and sturdy enough for the long haul (clockwise, from bottom left).

• Tricolor wing tip, $750, Robert Clergerie.
• Patent-leather brogue with rubber sole, $435, AGL.
• Leather and calf-hair wing tip, $660, Fratelli Rossetti.
• Two-tone goat-leather oxford, $560, Strenesse Gabriele Strehle.
• Polished-leather shoe, $790, Derek Lam.
• Monochrome leather oxford, $405, Longchamp.

Photo by Levi Brown

Retro Revival: The Moon Boot

The Moon Boot

One small step for man, one giant leap for ski bunnies.

From Montana to the Matterhorn, nothing says après-ski like the Moon Boot (tecnicausa.com; $100). The brainchild of the Italian brand Tecnica, the high-tech design became an instant slopeside classic when it debuted in 1970, inspired by Neil Armstrong’s padded lunar look. Today, some 28 million pairs later, its retro-fabulousness is back in vogue. The boot now comes in a range of patterns and colors—rainbow! iridescent gold!—and has adorned the feet of everyone from Sir Paul McCartney to Snooki, who no doubt loves the fact that there are no rights or lefts (easy on, easy off).

Photo © Levi Brown

How to Tie a Sarong

how to tie a sarong

Does your beach cover-up never seem to stay on? Designer Milo Migliavacca—whose batik-print silk wraps are sold at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay—shows how to do it right.

1. Hold unfolded sarong behind your back, leaving excess fabric on left side. Fold right side to middle of waist.

2. Wrap left side across your waist, pulling up the right edge. Continue wrapping around the torso.

3. Switch grips, and tie ends together in a simple double knot at the right hip.

4. Tuck knot and ends into waist and smooth out. Sarong should hang flat and reach below ankles.

Marguerite A. Suozzi

Marguerite A. Suozzi is an associate research editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Illustration by L-Dopa

The History of Ferragamo

Ferragamo shoe

A passion for shoemaking has turned this Italian brand into a lifestyle powerhouse that defines la dolce vita.

The Hotels: Salvatore Ferragamo’s son Leonardo runs the Lungarno Collection, including Hotel Lungarno in Florence; another son, Massimo, opened Tuscany’s Castiglion del Bosco.

The Clothes: Salvatore’s daughter Giovanna introduced ready-to-wear in 1965. Ferragamo’s Fall 2012 collection is by current creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.

The Stars: After opening a Hollywood shop in 1923, Salvatore Ferragamo became an A-list favorite.

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