For certain savvy travelers, these understated keepsakes, available only at select stores in the world, are the ultimate status symbols—and a subtle wink to other globe-trotting members of the club.

By Courtney Kenefick
August 13, 2015
Philip Friedman

1. At the original branch of London’s Daunt Books, wonderfully diverse titles line Edwardian oak shelves. This tote, given only to devoted shoppers, has become a coveted talisman of the well- read jet-setter. 83 Marylebone High St., London.

2. Espardenyes were traditionally worn by Catalan farmers. Now the rope-soled shoes, available at La Manual Alpargatera in Barcelona, one-up everyone else’s espadrilles—not least because they show you sympathize with the Catalan independence movement. 7 Carrer Avinyó, Barcelona.

3. Spot a man with the number seven embroidered on his tie? He’s telling the world he shops at Milanese men’s-wear emporium Al Bazar. The range of cuff links, ties, and rings bearing store owner Lino Ieluzzi’s birth date—and lucky number—have acquired cult status. 9 Via A. Scarpa, Milan.