The contemporary world voyager has a range of options, but if one label epitomises stylish travel, then it surely has to be Louis Vuitton, now under the directorship of Nicolas Ghesquière. The luxury luggage brand dates back to 1854 and has become known the world over for its signature flat-bottomed trunks.
When it comes to dressing for the journey, Louis Vuitton’s Icons capsule collection is a good place to start. This season the regularly updated line is inspired by the style of the French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand, who combined utility with beauty. Capes – which were classic accessories during the golden age of travel in the early 20th century – are enjoying a renaissance, and among the Icons clothing items for autumn and winter are woollen ponchos, as well as reversible check coats with camel interiors.
For flat shoes, among the best options are horsebit loafers from Gucci or Tod’s. And if you’re preparing for a long-haul flight, Madeleine Thompson – who divides her time between London and Hong Kong – has created luxurious travel slippers in cashmere. In fact, she has thought about everything to make the journey as enjoyable as possible, with a range that includes pyjamas and a blanket, both in cashmere, an eye mask and, best of all, a cashmere and silk pillowcase which will no doubt improve the comfort of the pillow provided by your airline.
Penny Klein and Heidi Gosman, the stylish duo behind go-to swimwear label Heidi Klein, are no strangers to international travel (the label’s resort 2015 campaign was shot in the British Virgin Islands). The women’s advice to those who will be enjoying the sun this season is to pack two reversible bikinis (such as Heidi Klein’s São Paulo and Jaipur designs) and mix and match them.
To help plan your visit, if you’re not having a digital detox, Martini recommends the app Like a Local, which has been given five stars by Mashable, a leading technology website. ‘It helps avoid tourist traps and allows you to discover hidden gems,’ she says. The jet-setting South African luxury jewellery designer Kirsten Goss can never afford to be off-grid for long and relies on the Monster Powercard, a portable device for recharging iPhones and iPads. ‘It’s got an unbelievable level of power and has got me out of too many sticky situations,’ she laughs.
And finally, we turn to the suitcase. The traditionalist’s choice would be an item from the British company Globe-Trotter, whose pieces are handmade to order in England and are crafted from vulcanised fibreboard. If in London, take time to visit the company’s recently launched flagship store in Mayfair where you can view its new Albemarle collection in caramel and red leather which is exclusive to the store. For something thoroughly contemporary, consider the multi-wheel Rimowa Titanium. Goss bought a set of three of these cases some 10 years ago: ‘They have been bashed, thrown and hauled around the world and still see me through,’ she maintains.
Perhaps the ultimate in luxury travel accessories is an innovation from Moynat. Conceived in Paris by Pauline Moynat in 1849, these custom-made trunks fit the contours of a car’s boot and can be colour matched with the vehicle’s exterior. The company’s new artistic director, Ramesh Nair, is a former Hermès designer, so look out for re-imaginings of these must-have items.
With these tips for a stylish and comfortable trip, a bon voyage is undoubtedly assured.