Travel Diary: Fashion Designer Rachel Roy in Bermuda
I spent a lot of my childhood traveling abroad with my father and mother, mainly to India, which exposed me to different ways of life that have influenced my career as a fashion designer. For this reason, I like to take my daughters to destinations that offer them the chance to expand the ways in which they view the world, be it through the people they meet or the things that they see.
During this trip, Ava, Tallulah, and I visited the Hamilton and St. George parishes of Bermuda—a warm, friendly, and polished island. At the same time, I was able to work with the annual local fashion festival, helping to mentor a group of young designers. It was a perfect adventure for the entire family, during which we explored the island's many caves; met amazing people like photographer Meredith Andrews and fashion-stylist-slash-creative-director Shiona Turini; experienced the incredible local culture; and tasted the yummiest food by chef Marcus Samuelsson, who recently opened his namesake restaurant, Marcus', at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club. —As told to Katie James
"For me, travel has dual purposes: relaxation and new experiences. The younger we are, the easier it is to learn, so Bermuda's calm waters are perfect for yoga-paddle boarding beginners, like my daughter Ava Dash!"
"When in paradise, be prepared to laugh...a lot! Here I am with my daughter Ava (left), and Tallulah (right)."
"Just the right amount of Old World style to make a girl swoon at Rosewood Tucker's Point, a fabulous resort in Hamilton Parish."
"Andy Warhol is such a leader in the field of art; his floral paintings are a hidden treasure within the Fairmont Hamilton Princess & Beach Club."
Left: "Local street performers." Right: "Inside Urban Cottage, one of my favorite places to buy presents on the island. The shop's owner, Nicole Golden, finds treasures from her own backyard and curates an amazing selection of vintage with perfectly untamed elegance."
"I dare you to find a more beautiful way to do absolutely nothing."
"Bermuda's moon gates were originally constructed for sailors to pass through as a way of bringing luck before they set sail for months at a time. There's never too much good energy to go around!"
"A motto of mine: Surround yourself with beauty, and the result will be peace."
"Land's end—a truly unwelcome departure!"