Summer is finally here: you’ve booked your flights, got a suitably hedonistic hotel sorted and know exactly what restaurants, bars and clubs you’re going to hit once you’re there. All you need to know now is what to pack. As always, Hg2 is on-hand to tell you exactly what to stuff into that holdall. We, for one, certainly know how to spend it.
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Travelteq Trash Canvas
Specialising in travel accessories of the highest and most high-end order, Travelteq keeps on coming up with the goods; brand new for 2011 is the Travelteq Trash Canvas. A bag so beautiful you might not want to bring it. But if you do brave the outside world with it, then you’ll find plenty of compartments in which to store your essentials and a chic, sand-coloured exterior to distract check-in clerks from charging you excess baggage.
Warby Parker Sunglasses
Affordable and elegant all at the same time, we’re surprised luxe eyewear brand Warby Parker isn’t more famous. That said, we’re happy with its prices and styles — so may we’ll keep this one just between us. Adding a number of sunglasses to its already impressive portfolio of optical frames, the summer collection is worth splashing out on; each comes with solarised lenses and for every pair bought a free pair is given to someone in need.
Pentax Q Camera
What’s the point in checking out the coolest cities in the world if you can’t photograph them and put them on Facebook to prove you’ve been there? Document your destinations in style with the Pentax Q, a chic camera for the image-conscious; features include a mirrorless shooter with 12.4 megapixel 1/2.3 back-illuminated sensor, sensor-shift image stabilisation, 3-inch LCD and built-in flash. Ultra-compact, the camera also comes with an interchangeable lens for gadget geeks (choose from four: standard zoom; fish-eye; wide toy; and telephoto). It looks pretty, too.
Apolis Co-op Leather Sandals
Why walk a mile in someone else’s shoes when you can walk a mile in your own pair of Apolis Co-op Leather Sandals? Significantly nicer than the plastic flip-flops of yesteryear, these stylish sandals were created with by Apolis Activism with the help of four artisan workers in Tel-Aviv; made from tanned Italian leather, the sandals are built to last and look better the more worn-in they are. Getting from A to B never felt so good.
Orlebar Brown Swimming Shorts
It takes a brave man to pull off the teeny-tiny shorts offered by luxe swimwear label Orlebar Brown, but fortune favours the brave — as does the beach. Choose from a number of different styles — no board shorts, briefs and drawstrings here — in a variety of chic colours, all with razor-sharp tailoring and meticulous attention to detail. And built to hold everything in place perfectly, all you have to do is hone those abs to ensure you’re looking as sleek on the sand as the brand intended.
Baxter of California Combs
Stylish skincare line Baxter of California has added another must-have to its Grooming Implements series; this time, a collection of chic, Mad Men-style tortoise combs. Handcrafted in Switzerland and made from cellulose sheets, the combs come in three sizes and will fit easily into even the tiniest toiletry bag.
Pioneer Washable Earphones
You can always count on the Japanese to come up with something inventive; this time round it’s washable earphones by electronics giant Pioneer. Both colourful and powerful, the earphones — officially called Pioneer SE-C1331 — can be submerged in up to three-feet of water. Great for when you’re splashing about aboard a yacht in the Med — or simply sweating it out at the gym.
iCloud Online File Storage
Offering us services and products we didn’t even know we needed, Apple has done it again with the launch of iCloud. The latest in its long line of inspiring inventions, iCloud allows you to store your content — documents, music, photos, books, apps, etc. — sync it seamlessly, and access it wirelessly across all of your Apple devices. So board that plane safe in the knowledge that should you need something, it’s at the touch of a sleek, well-designed button.
Centenary by Globe-Trotter
Iconic and instantly recognisable, the Centenary case by gorgeous luggage label Globe-Trotter recalls the glamorous hey-day of travel (when we weren’t stuffed onto budget flights like cattle). Styled on a deep suitcase and featuring wheels, the case is the perfect airport companion and comes in a variety of colour combinations: black and black; red and tan; and grey and black. All you need now is some suitably oversized shades to look like Jackie O herself.
Seavees Supply Tote
Crafted from waxed fabric and vegetable-tanned cowhide, this 60s-inspired bag is perfect for loading up with reading material and taking to the beach. Called the Seavees Supply Tote, the bag is made on a vintage single-needle industrial lockstitch machine and takes three hours to make. The result is a tote that you’ll be proud to swing over your shoulder, brimming with books, magazines and the appropriate city guide from Hg2.
Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones
Perfectly suited to the sandy shores of South Beach, these Dr. Dre-created earphones will really pump up the volume. Combining a bold, bling-tastic design with advanced audio technology, they’re the must-have of music moguls everywhere: even in the noisiest environment, these bad boys will shut it all out for sound that is sleek and streamlined. Now all you have to do is compile the perfect playlist.
Kiehl’s X by The Sartorialist
And we didn’t think high-end skincare company Kiehl’s could get any better. Apparently it can, thanks to its cool collaboration with photographer Scott Schuman from The Sartorialist — one of the most influential style bloggers of our generation. Included in the Limited-Edition Dopp Kit are travel-sized bottles from the brand’s Facial Fuel series — including Energising Facial Wash, Energising Moisture Treatment, Eye De-puffer, No-shine Lip Balm and Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap. And with everything stuffed inside a rather special toiletry bag, this is something worth exceeding your baggage allowance for.
Apolis Transit Issue Luggage Tags
Forget cheap and nasty plastic tags and ropey bits of string hanging from your beautiful baggage; invest in luxe leather luggage tags courtesy of Apolis. Available in a range of chic colours, each Apolis Transit Issue Luggage Tag comes with snap closures and black-coated steel buckles for a look that’s sleek and sexy. And best of all, you’ll be able to recognise your bag immediately. After all, nobody does conveyor-belt chic like you do.
iPad Cover by Marc Jacobs
Making his, er, mark on the world of travel and tech, designer Marc Jacobs has designed a rather posh line of iPad covers. Made from soft silicone and featuring a distinct pattern on the back, the slinky sleeves come in a variety of eye-catching colours; black, marigold, hot pink, true turquoise and purple dream. Faux fur lining inside offers the ultimate in protection for your treasured Apple device, too, meaning this is both stylish and practical when jet-setting this summer.