Suitcase + 7: Essentials for a California Weekend
From the cascading slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the crashing waves of San Diego, California is all about a laid-back lifestyle. Whether you’re a first-timer, a repeat visitor, or living the bi-coastal dream, what you pack for a weekend trip to The Golden State should reflect some of that sunshine and ease.
To make that process easier, let me introduce you to Mr. Porter’s newest capsule collection called “Made in California”. It’s the first time the online retailer has focused on a specific location as the inspiration for a capsule collection, and this time they collaborated with 12 of the coolest names in the menswear category.
The collection is filled with some of the most luxe fabrics, interesting colors, and unique designs that are the perfect way to pick up some of those California good vibrations. Read on to see our picks for a perfectly packed California getaway.
Denim is engraved into California’s culture, so packing a pair is an absolute must. There is no better brand to bring than these from Simon Miller, who actually started as a men’s denim label. “The wash of these is very symbolic to the 1970’s beach culture,” says Daniel Corrigan, Designer for the brand.
For a bit more freedom and comfort on those warmer days, be sure to bring a classic pair of shorts. There is something very functional yet polished about this pair from Mollusk that is perfect for a day of biking along the shore or hiking in the hills.
We are all in search of the perfect t-shirt that can be worn as either a layering piece or can also stand on its own. Well, here it is! This James Perse tee has a nice weight to it, plus the color will go with everything else in your travel bag.
We love this casual long sleeve button up from Stüssy. It’s a no-brainer for layering up throughout the day, and the chest pockets give it a cool utilitarian style.
Greg Chait, Designer of The Elder Statesman, drew inspiration for this portion of the collection from mementos. “It’s a snippet of souvenirs/memories. Obviously, the quality of souvenir that we produce is a bit different than what one could find in a typical gift shop, but I think that is part of the fun of it all.” And it’s definitely a quality that you can feel; because once you put this sweater on, you won't want to take it off – until you make it to the beach, that is.
For any trip, it’s important to pack a piece that can seamlessly be integrated into all of your outfits. This Simon Miller jacket can be both dressed up or down, depending on what you have planned.
It’s always important not to forget about sun protection, but even more so while traveling when you are out and about. In addition to your daily SPF, this simplistic yet cool Noon Goons baseball cap is the perfect companion to keep your face shaded the whole trip long.
Although not part of the Made in California collection, we think this Brunello Cucinelli duffle is the ultimate versatile weekend bag. It's incredibly stylish and can also be carried as a duffle or thrown over your shoulder as a sling bag.