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The list: onboard essentials
Warming to the subject of taking pleasure in the journey rather than the destination, we’ve collated the products you need to travel well.
Regular readers (and casual flickers for that matter) will be aware that our correspondents, editors and photographers clock up their fair share of miles on assignment. So in keeping with the transport tracks that run swiftly through this month’s magazine, we’ve turned our gaze to the products that make journeys all the more enjoyable. From a capacious Danish-made dopp kit to comfy slip-on shoes and soundly made headphones, here are our picks for cutting a tidy dash onboard this summer.
What you have planned after you’ve disembarked is your business but there’s nothing worse than being trussed up uncomfortably in a formal-looking jacket. Enter Eidos, the Neapolitan sister-brand to tailor Isaia: the herringbone linen is cut for a looser fit with wide-notched lapels that hang smartly and don’t wrinkle easily.
Frequent flyers will know the value of keeping your travel documents in good nick and in one place (though the best of us still panic when we think we’ve misplaced the lot). So we reach for this natural tanned calf-leather holder from Stockholm’s Palmgrens, a former saddlery in Östermalm that’s kitted out the Swedish monarchy for more than a century.
Okinawa-based Made in Occupied Japan seizes on the island’s long military associations. This olive-coloured catchall is made from salvaged US military tents and is therefore waterproof, wear-resistant and prone to gain a distinctive patina as they age.
Staying punctual across time zones is a feat eased by a smart watch such as the Drive de Cartier. Although the cushion-shaped face was released at sihh in 2016, this year’s fair saw the announcement of a slimmer Extra Flat model that ticks all the boxes.
Whether you’re delving into a new album (our recommendations are on page 215) or blocking out the sounds of nattering neighbours, we’re sounding approval for the unobtrusive, hardy and wireless Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H5 headphones. For an over-ear option Aëdle’s vk-1s are made in Paris with lambskin-leather ear pads for added comfort.
With all the electronic gubbins you could hope for (plus two usb slots for charging), the real advantage of the Fujifilm World Trip adaptor is that it’s light but nigh on unbreakable.
We’re guessing that you already know about our penchant for Rimowa suitcases but those who want another option would do well to examine New York firm Raden’s range. The a22 casts a smart silhouette while its Japanese-made wheels keep it running smoothly. The dual-usb charger is also useful for any gadgets lacking spark after a long-haul expedition.
Family firm Ludwig Reiter make these comfy slip-ons in Vienna but draw on worldly influences. The Capri model is handmade in Austria from hardwearing suede (with an elastic fit for ease of removal). The firm is still owned and run by fourth-generation shoemakers (and brothers) Lukas, Till and Uz Reiter.
Mongolia-born Oyuna Tserendorj’s cashmere wonders aren’t ever far from our grasp and this travel throw can be folded and stowed with ease.
Back to basics
Briefs or boxers? We shouldn’t pry. But we will recommend two German firms for all of your undies, socks and essentials. Merz b Schwanen has more than a century’s experience making socks and T-shirts in the Swabian Mountains. No spring chicken itself, MeyStory’s yarn efforts date back to the 1920s.
Our editors first unpacked the rejuvenating pleasure of these cheek-tingling face-wipes in the dog days of Japanese summer but their cool touch is welcome towards the tail end of a long flight too. The “ice-type” version, mind you, might be a little severe for some.
This comely carry-on from Danish firm Mismo is roomy enough for your creams and tinctures but can be squished down and tied shut to save space. Its Italian-made nylon coating is waterproof and the strap is made from vegetable-tanned full-grain bridle leather; meanwhile, the case is closed up with a solid-brass ykk zip.