Designer Tanya Taylor on Carry-on Essentials, Her Dream Trip, and the City She’d Visit Over and Over Again
You may recognize New York–based designer Tanya Taylor's line of colorful frocks and other delightfully feminine ready-to-wear on familiar faces like Michelle Obama, Gigi Hadid, and Chrissy Metz. And therein lies the beauty of Taylor's design philosophy. She seeks to create a line that women of all ages and sizes will have fun wearing: soft silhouettes in bold colors and prints that flatter women, period.
The inclusivity of her designs is among one of the main reasons for Taylor's success, landing her creations in stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. And to what does she attribute much of her design inspiration and creativity? Travel, which has been part of her life since she was just three months old.
Below, we asked her a few questions about her travel routine and the trip she's dying to take.
Travel + Leisure: What is your relationship to travel?
Tanya Taylor: [Travel is] my source for creativity. My favorite thing to do. I've been traveling since I was three months old. My parents have lived in eight different countries over my lifetime: Rwanda, Indonesia, Thailand, Canada, Barbados, Scotland, Vietnam.
T+L: Where have you been recently that surprised you?
TT: Barbados over the holidays. It surprised me because the island is bustling with such a mix of Americans and also felt very British. The island feels more alive than ever.
T+L: Where did you stay, eat, shop in Barbados?
TT: I stay at my mom's home as she lives in Barbados. She decorated my bedroom in all of our prints! I eat at Daphne’s, Cin Cin, and Fish Pot. I shop in Lime Grove at Gatsby's.
T+L: What's your favorite carry-on bag?
TT: Céline’s Big Bag.
T+L: And what do you always make sure to bring?
TT: A good playlist. A hand cream. A stack of magazines. Cashmere socks.
T+L: Favorite beauty products to apply in-flight?
TT: Visine and Caudalie's face mist.
T+L: What's next on your travel bucket list? Anywhere you're dying to go?
TT: India to the Festival of Colors.
T+L: What city or country will you never get sick of?
TT: London. I love the mix of history. It's sophisticated but also feels raw.