Andaz 5th Avenue general manager Jonathan Frolich keeps it chic from takeoff to touchdown.
“I believe flying should have an air of glamour,” says Jonathan Frolich, the Australian-born general manager of the super-stylish Andaz 5th Avenue, in New York City. “So I dress for the occasion.” While crisscrossing the globe up to 30 times each year during his previous stint as director of operations for Andaz, Frolich learned to balance style with practicality. “Being minimalist works best,” he says. Here’s what makes the cut. “I can scrunch it, throw it in the overhead, and it still comes out looking great,” Frolich says of his wool-blend Scotch & Soda blazer ($212). “My J. Crew cashmere cardigan ($218) is ideal for layering. It’s also durable.” Frolich sports a cotton button-down ($164) by Sydney-based brand Herringbone for “an old-English style with a modern twist,” as well as slim-cut Acne jeans ($270) that are “forgiving in terms of wrinkles.” His calfskin Prada shoes ($650) serve as two pairs in one: “Add laces to dress them up, or slip them on alone for a more casual style.” He’s “not a big accessories guy,” but Frolich’s Tom Ford glasses ($350) complete the look. As for his leather Mulberry carry-on ($1,450)? “I love that it has a flap instead of a zipper—it looks good, and it’s that much easier to use.”
What’s in His Bag?
Drink: “I guzzle about three bottles of Fred water (from $1.50) before a flight. They’re shaped like hip flasks. I often forget that I have one in my bag and am mortified when the TSA catches me.”
Entertainment: “I forgo work on the plane—I’d rather sit back with a glass of wine, a movie on my iPad (from $499), or a book. Life, by Keith Richards, is at the top of my current reading list.”
On-the-Go Grooming: “I like C.O. Bigelow Apothecary lip balm (from $7.50)—it’s really moisturizing. And after a long-haul flight, Evian Mineral Water Spray ($10) is almost a substitute for a shower.”
Camera: “I’m sure to pack my Canon PowerShot G12 ($499) so I can capture the feeling and the spirit of the places that I visit.”
Journal: “I don’t always use an iPad. There are certain things—restaurant recommendations; all kinds of inspirations—that I prefer to write down the classic way. Moleskine makes the perfect travel notebook ($18). I go through ten or twenty a year.”