Matthew Hranek

American-Israeli fashion designer Yigal Azrouël tells T+L about the travel outfit that suits his wanderings.

Rachel Felder
February 10, 2011

“I’m an adventurer,” says New York City–based fashion designer Yigal Azrouël, “and travel is important to my design process.” While frequently heading to Italy, China, and Japan for business; to Costa Rica for surfing; and to Israel to visit family, Azrouël turns out effortlessly chic men’s and women’s clothing and—as of last month—shoes inspired by his peripatetic lifestyle. And he tests out many of his own creations on the road. Azrouël often layers a couple of tops in case it gets cold on the plane. Here, he wears a striped jersey tee ($225) under a chambray denim shirt ($315). “I don’t worry if it wrinkles,” he says. “To me, that actually makes it look better.” His slim-cut jeans ($395) are casual but sharp. On his feet? Leather-and-canvas boots ($795). “They’re already worn in when you buy them, so they’re easy to take on and off at airport security.” He accessorizes with an oversize cashmere scarf ($360) that’s prewashed for extra softness. “I use it instead of the blanket they give you on board.” And Azrouël always brings back stylish souvenirs—such as the vintage Rolex that he found at a secondhand shop in the Marais district of Paris.

Packing Picks

Bag: Azrouël uses an Alpha travel satchel by Tumi (from $295) as a carry-on. “They really think about functionality and quality.”

Notebook: “I don’t leave home without a 9-by-12 Strathmore 400 series drawing pad ($7), so I can sketch on the go.”

Pen: “I fell in love with Pentel’s Tradio Stylo fountain pen ($15) on a trip to Japan.”

Shoes: Always active, the designer is sure to bring his 993 New Balance running sneakers ($140) and, no matter where he goes, Havaianas (from $18).

Toner: “I don’t use many products, but Caudalie Beauty Elixir mist ($16) is great after a flight. The minute you spray it on, it wakes you up.”

Sunglasses: Azrouël loves his Persol Steve McQueen 714 shades ($360). “They fold up really small, so they don’t take up a lot of space.”

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