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As you’ll recall, we spent a whole week preparing you for your holiday travel in style.
But now that you’ll actually be embarking upon your travel, it’s time to get real. So we’ve put together this handy guide on what exactly your travel style is projecting to the rest of the world—and, more specifically, where people might assume you’re jetting off to (needless to say, wearing your neck pillow in the terminal isn’t going to be looked upon kindly).
It’s a fair bet that you’ll be doing some traveling in the near future (’tis the season). And since time is precious, we’re here to help you navigate the perils of holiday travel—stylishly, of course—in this weeklong series we’re calling: Travel Week.
Travel Week has got us waxing nostalgic about the days when traveling was still one of the more exciting things you could do.
It was a time when a gentleman with an idle afternoon and an adventurous streak might just head to the nearest ticket counter and buy a one-way fare to wherever the money in his pocket could take him—the kind of spontaneity that’s been largely ruined by online booking and 24-hour pre-boarding check-ins.
The adventure was just as much about the journey as it was the destination—whether it be a sleepy hamlet upstate, or the big city. And while nowadays a plane flight is probably out of the question, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get out of Dodge for an afternoon the next time you find yourself aimlessly wandering the halls of Grand Central or Union Station.
Perhaps on a Friday afternoon like today…
It’s a fair bet that you’ll be doing some traveling in the near future (’tis the season). And since time is precious, we’re here to help you navigate the perils of holiday travel—stylishly, of course—in this weeklong series…
The ultimate essential for any gentleman traveler: a sophisticated, durable travel bag.
The sort of thing that can take some punishment and gets better with age.
Something like TUMI’s new line of travel bags designed for the global citizen. The heritage travel brand tapped designer-craftsman George Esquivel to head up creative direction for the brand, and everything’s coming up dapper already. From the sleek leather carry-ons to the indestructible Tegra-Lite rollers. (TUMI is the only travel brand using the revolutionary armor material.)
And now they’re launching the TUMI Global Citizens campaign, highlighting world-class and well-traveled characters like Paolo Ferrari, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America, who requires travel gear that wouldn’t look out of place next to his Italian tailoring and hard-bottoms.
Of course, if your own jetsetting habits skew more toward “international gentleman of leisure,” you’ll still want this stuff at your side.
Even private islands have dress codes.
Being a gentleman traveler can have its challenges…
Let us set the scene. You’ve got a big meeting tomorrow in Tucson, followed by dinner plans in LA, and you’re facing the following options: pack a carry-on and risk looking disheveled or otherwise misdressed. Or check a bag and miss your first martini. Neither sounds ideal.
June is in full bloom, and it’s got us pining to get out of town for a long weekend. Which got us thinking: probably smart to have a little something on hand, just in case the opportunity for a quick jaunt presents itself.
It’s been great having you along for the ride during Road Trip Week here on Kempt. (And what a helluva ride it’s been.)
So now that you’ve chosen the most suitable convertible, packed the correct weekender bag, found a sexy copilot or three and slipped into a pair of driving shoes, there’s only one thing left: hitting the road. And as a gentleman traveler, there are a few things you should be sure to know before setting out on this adventure of a lifetime.
With our Road Trip Week kicking into high gear, there’s one essential above all else that you’ll need: a weekender bag that can take a little punishment.
And since a car trunk doesn’t have any carry-on restrictions, it can be whatever dimensions you like—as long as it’s rugged enough to handsomely endure a misadventure or two and has enough room for a couple changes of clothes and a beach towel. And since the options out there are as varied as your potential destination, we’ve gone ahead and picked out the right bag for your next getaway.
Just in time for the inevitable onset of spring wanderlust, the folks at Club Monaco have announced the latest capsule collection in their “Makers and Muses” series: Ernest Alexander, bag-makers extraordinaire.
You’ll recognize some of Ernest Alexander’s classic designs, yet they’ve been slightly tweaked to the specifications of Aaron Levine and will be available exclusively through Club Monaco. Our favorites of the bunch are the adventure-prone weekender, the dopp kit and an in-store-only overnight bag in blaze orange. Luckily, we’ve got a first look at them all after the jump.
Whether by plane, train or automobile, odds are, you’ll be doing some holiday voyaging in the near future. Odds are, you also always try to carry on. (Busy times, these.)
Luckily, the luggage experts at Ghurka and the Americana-philes at Beams+ have just unveiled some luggage in black Norwalk twill, including Ghurka’s perfectly carry-on-able classic weekender, the Cavalier II No. 97.
Since you’ve likely already upgraded your holiday travel-wear, it’s high time you did the same with your luggage. The entire collection has a few more pieces of luggage, a briefcase and a gear bag—all in the black Norwalk twill exclusive to this collaboration.
Actor. Brat Packer. Lover of mannequins. And these days… travel writer. Andrew McCarthy’s second act has taken him to such far-flung places as Kilimanjaro, Bhutan and… San Francisco, where we (and our brothers at UrbanDaddy San Francisco) caught up with him on tour for his new book, The Longest Way Home.
Now that fall is around the corner, we’re starting to pine for the feel of heavier, more textured materials instead of summer’s airy cottons and linens.
Case in point: this handsome new line of American alligator bags, briefcases and wallets from Massachusetts’s best-kept secret, Frank Clegg Leatherworks. Frank has been working with the hand-stained hides for years—on a special request basis—but now he’s got an entire line of lustrous gator luggage to choose from. The prices are nothing to scoff at and the production process takes nearly two months, but that should be perfectly timed for your first autumnal getaway. You might want to start looking for your tweed hunting cap now.
Earlier this summer, we curated a handful of items to update your summer alfresco party. Today we’re presenting three exceptional options for taking that party on the road.
Right about now is the perfect time to escape the stagnant heat of summer in favor of a cool sea breeze and cabana service. Most likely you’ve upgraded most of your travel gear (handsome luggage, lightweight travel blazer, pocket square that can be used as flotation device), but there’s probably one oversight you’ve made: the headphones.
They might be the single most important thing in your carry-on. A pair of sleek, noise-canceling headphones like the Monster Inspiration fit the bill—especially if any airplane chatter dares to interfere with your regularly scheduled Black Keys Appreciation Hour.
They’ve got all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from the high-tech headphone game—inline quick-control remote, microphone—and the kind of powerful, crisp, high-def audio that you’ve got to hear to believe (or you can just trust us, they sound amazing). Plus, the interchangeable headband comes in a
number of colors that you can swap in whenever you feel the need to match your headphones to your socks.
Which will be pretty often, we’ll assume.
If your next houseguest weekend happens to be anywhere that bears resemblance to Cape Cod, here’s the weekender bag you should be packing. It’s cut from the national cloth of prepsterdom, Nantucket red, and made in America by the up-and-comers at Hudson Sutler—they’ve got an entire line of rugged 18-ounce canvas weekender and commuter bags that can keep up on land, air and sea (especially because the zippers are made with a thick resin to be rust-proof). The extra design features like gingham or bandana lining and a strategically placed grab handle at one end of the bags set them apart from your average travel bag. (Fitting, since your weekending is far from average.)
Now you’ll need to dig up your matching anchor-embroidered Nantucket red GTH pants.
In this new weekly series, we peer into your summer weekend agenda and offer a few essential sundries to help you make the most of your upcoming escapade. This weekend, you’ve been invited to a friend’s summer home.
The vacation home. It is a sacred thing come summer, when escaping the city’s summer heat for an easygoing bucolic weekend is your only hope for keeping sane during the dog days. If you don’t have a place of your own, it’s likely you’ve got a friend who does. So, when you get the invite, you’ll need to be prepared (aside from the usual necessities) with a few extras that’ll make you the perfect houseguest in every way.
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