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Carr Ride

Carr launches their men’s collection this fall exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue

Carr, a new collection of menswear launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue this fall, is not just about style and exquisite tailoring. It’s about the story of fashion and family through designer George Carr’s eyes. The designer, who has worked in both fashion and film, based the brand’s designs sketches created by his late brother, also a designer, named Zack Carr.  SaksPOV: How did the Carr menswear collection come about? George Carr: I took one of my brother’s sketches of a women’s suit and translated it into menswear. It was a four-pocket safari suit that was homage to Yves Saint Laurent. I thought, well, that’s really a menswear item. I brought the sketch to Rocco Ciccarelli, who is probably the number one tailor in America….

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Carr, a new collection of menswear launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue this fall, is not just about style and exquisite tailoring. It’s about the story of fashion and family through designer George Carr’s eyes. The designer, who has worked in both fashion and film, based the brand’s designs sketches created by his late brother, also a designer, named Zack Carr. 

SaksPOV: How did the Carr menswear collection come about?
George Carr: I took one of my brother’s sketches of a women’s suit and translated it into menswear. It was a four-pocket safari suit that was homage to Yves Saint Laurent. I thought, well, that’s really a menswear item. I brought the sketch to Rocco Ciccarelli, who is probably the number one tailor in America. He told me, “I understand your brother’s sketch. I understand the attitude and from it I can create your suit.”

SaksPOV: So this is a very personal collection?
G.C. One of the things I was very intentional about was making this brand personal. I felt it was important. First, working with my brother’s sketches and then I started seeing the importance of where I’m from, the Hill Country of Texas. It was loaded with great inspiration for our brand. We made a branding iron with our logo and it’s literally seared into the leather label on our jeans.

Clockwise from left: Belts and shoes from Carr, original Zack Carr sketch that inspired the mens collection, Carr branding iron, Zack’s Hermes sketch book and Montblanc pen, Zack and George Carr in Istanbul

SaksPOV: How would you describe the Carr man?
G.C.: Men today accept and even expect fashion. I came from a background in Texas where men were football players, hunters and fishermen. Today, fashion is as much on the male radar as sports, dating, you name it. Our guy has seen a lot. He’s expecting quality. All of our products are made in the top factories.

SaksPOV: How does your background in directing and acting influence the way you approach Carr?
G.C.: I feel like I’m writing, casting and directing a new play based on fashion. And the name of that play is Carr. We are in the “wow” business.

 
 

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Phil Oh’s New York Lens

Fall's newest bags come into focus courtesy of city-hopping photoblogger Phil Oh

Phil Oh's New York Lens | Saks.com

Fall’s newest bags come into focus courtesy of city-hopping photoblogger Phil Oh of Street Peeper. See all of the photos here.

Phil Oh's New York Lens | Saks.com

Fall’s newest bags come into focus courtesy of city-hopping photoblogger Phil Oh of Street Peeper. See all of the photos here.


Mr. Street Peeper Talks Style

Fashion darling and street photographer extraordinaire Phil Oh talks to SaksPOV!

On the occasion of Saks’ second collaboration with Street Pepper, Phil Oh (see his incredible handbags story on Saks.com now!), we took the opportunity to ask him some questions we’ve been dying to know the answers to! SaksPOV: Did you always love fashion? Phil Oh: No. Oops, am I supposed to admit that?  I guess I was never really exposed to anything other than shopping mall fashion whilst growing up in Chicago.  When I started my blog, I was really into street wear and I only knew fashion labels that were name-dropped in rap songs.  My tasted have slowly changed since then, I suppose.  Photographing at fashion weeks has been pretty good on-the-job training though. SaksPOV: What is so compelling to you about street fashion?…

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On the occasion of Saks’ second collaboration with Street Pepper, Phil Oh (see his incredible handbags story on Saks.com now!), we took the opportunity to ask him some questions we’ve been dying to know the answers to!

SaksPOV: Did you always love fashion?
Phil Oh: No. Oops, am I supposed to admit that?  I guess I was never really exposed to anything other than shopping mall fashion whilst growing up in Chicago.  When I started my blog, I was really into street wear and I only knew fashion labels that were name-dropped in rap songs.  My tasted have slowly changed since then, I suppose.  Photographing at fashion weeks has been pretty good on-the-job training though.

SaksPOV: What is so compelling to you about street fashion? How has it changed and evolved in recent seasons?
P.O.: I think people have started to make more of an effort to dress up at fashion weeks, and gives them a great excuse to show off their recent purchases.  I remember head-to-toe black was the fashion uniform, but I think street-style blogs have maybe helped inject some fun and color into the way industry people dress.

SaksPOV: What do you look for when you take a picture?
P.O.: I like color and when mixed prints and patterns are done well.  Interesting proportions are always welcome.  While I of course appreciate chic and classic, I love when I see people pushing the envelope a bit.

SaksPOV: Do you have any favorite subjects? People you always love snapping?
P.O.: I love to snap blogger Susie Bubble who has since become one of my closest friends, stylist Marina Munoz, editors Jenny Kang from New York Magazine, Michelle Reneau from Nylon Magazine and Jane Keltner de Valle from TeenVogue. Models Hanne Gaby Odiele and Valerija Kelava are some of my favorites, along with a whole slew of Asian models like Ming Xi, Shu Pei, Liu Wen, Wang Xiao, and Hyoni Kang.

And of course Anna Dello Russo never ceases to amaze with her full runway looks.

SaksPOV: Is there anyone you’re hoping to get a picture of but haven’t yet?
P.O.: Andre3000

SaksPOV: Who are your inspirations, idols, muses?
P.O.: Michael Jordan, Brian Wilson, Tommy Ton, and Susie Bubble

SaksPOV: What do you wear on a daily basis?
P.O.: I’d be happy if my own wardrobe was all Marni, Prada, Jil Sander, Comme des Garcons, Happy Socks and Uniqlo underwear.  For women, I also love Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, and Proenza Schouler.

SaksPOV: Your long hair is one of your signatures. What is your grooming routine?
P.O.: Haha, it is?  I used to wear my hair up in a topknot but one season I ran out of hair-ties, let my hair down and haven’t put it up since.  I get my hair cut at a salon in my neighborhood in Brooklyn called Commune.  The stylists are all Japanese and understand how to deal with Asian hair.  As for products, I use a Mason Pearson brush and Kerastase shampoo.  I never used to condition my hair but last month I tried some Dove Oil Conditioner that I got in a gift bag.  I have no idea how it rates on the scale of conditioners, but it seems to work and it’s only like five bucks!

SaksPOV: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
P.O.: Trust your own instincts?  I dunno [sic], I’ve never been that good at taking the advice of others…

SaksPOV: What is the best advice you give to others who aspire to be like you?
P.O.: Find your own path, because I honestly have no idea how I ended up doing what I do now. Is studied history in college, got fired from 12 waiter jobs in NYC, backpacked around the world, published a novel, worked at a failed start-up, and now I’m a street-style photographer?  I’m still scratching my head over that one…

SaksPOV:  If you could sum up how people dress today in one word, what would it be?
P.O.: Easy.

 

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For more on Phil Oh, head to Saks.com where he shot his favorite fall handbags exclusively for Saks.com. Featuring Marc Jacobs, Reed Krakoff, 3.1 Phillip Lim & more.

See Phil’s favorite pictures on SaksPOV!

 


A Real Beauty

Elle Magazine’s Emily Dougherty comes to Saks New York for Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editors Day

Growing up in the quiet environs of Idaho, Elle‘s beauty and fitness director Emily Dougherty wasn’t exactly dreaming of candy-colored lipsticks and lash-enhancing mascaras. She had far holier pursuits in mind (spoiler alert: there’s a habit involved). It wasn’t till she was an assistant at Fairchild Publications, occasionally helping the beauty department organize its press releases, that she discovered the beauty arena. Then came the career climb from AOL Style Channel and Mademoiselle to Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon and Elle. On August 16, comes another notch on the professional post: Saks’s inaugural Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editors Day. Dougherty will be teaming up with Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup artist Christian McCulloch, who’s not only a whiz at runway and editorial transformations, but a decade-long friend…

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Growing up in the quiet environs of Idaho, Elle‘s beauty and fitness director Emily Dougherty wasn’t exactly dreaming of candy-colored lipsticks and lash-enhancing mascaras. She had far holier pursuits in mind (spoiler alert: there’s a habit involved). It wasn’t till she was an assistant at Fairchild Publications, occasionally helping the beauty department organize its press releases, that she discovered the beauty arena. Then came the career climb from AOL Style Channel and Mademoiselle to Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon and Elle. On August 16, comes another notch on the professional post: Saks’s inaugural Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editors Day. Dougherty will be teaming up with Dolce & Gabbana’s National Makeup artist Christian McCulloch, who’s not only a whiz at runway and editorial transformations, but a decade-long friend of hers to boot. Here, the editor shares her beauty secrets and a little Dolce & Gabbana unveiling.

On what to expect on Thursday…
We’ll have samples of The Foundation, Dolce & Gabbana new luminous liquid foundation. It’s a global sneak peek — this will be the first time people can actually try it! We’re also going to have these awesome lookbooks of the best Dolce & Gabbana runway beauty moments. You can pick any look you want and Christian will turn you into that Dolce & Gabbana bombshell.

On her morning beauty regimen…
It’s pretty low budget. Many beauty editors don’t wear a ton of makeup during the day because we’re constantly testing things. If you wake up and spend an hour on makeup in the morning, you’re not going to want to undo that the second you get to your desk. But I do love to wash my hair every day and I’ll rotate sunscreens.

On her evening routine…
Prescription Retinol — it’s something that can make a lasting difference. For people who have found it too flaky, you don’t have to use it on those areas. I put it on my forehead, chin and cheekbones, but not my nose. I tell people to start one day a week, then go up to twice a week, then every other day. Dr. Brandt told me that, if that’s even too much, you can just put it on for a minute and wash it off. It’s a pretty miraculous product.

On the best beauty tip she’s ever received…
Smile more often! When you look at people’s faces and they’re smiling, they really are more beautiful. To people who want Botox because they hate their smiles lines, I say, no. Smile lines are good — bring them on!

On travel tips…
Lavender wipes from Herban Essentials — they kill germs and keep bugs away, the scent is super-nice and the lavender is very relaxing. Pack small containers of heavy cream and Aquaphor. And wait till your plane takes off before you take your sleeping pill!

On initial career goals…
Growing up in Idaho, I thought I was going to be a nun. My parents pointed out that the Doughertys have never had a saint in the family. So I thought, OK, if I’m going to be a saint, I’d better be a nun first. As I got older, I realized I’m probably not going to cut it. I like to think I’m still helping people every day but in a different way.

On the secret to flawless skin…
All the boring stuff you hear from your doctor is true — don’t smoke and don’t go out in the sun. Also, be consistent with your products. Don’t give a product four days and give up on it. It’s going to take 28 days to really make a true physiological change to your skin. The only reason to give up on a product right away is if it’s causing irritation or inflammation.

On makeup disasters…
Remember when, about 10 years ago, beauty companies made all these nail polishes in lip gloss applicators? That was a disastrous time for beauty editors because you’d go into the closet, grab something thinking it was lip gloss and it was nail polish. There’s nothing worse than the moment you realize you put nail polish on your lips. Then there’s always the disaster where you get glitter in your eye right before a big fashion show. How do you explain to your boss that your eye is swollen shut because you’re experimenting with glitter?

On beauty education (even when you’re knocked out)…
I had back surgery a couple of years ago and my surgeon told me that, when I was put under, I immediately launched into a dissertation on how Creme de la Mer is made. He said I had the whole operating room standing there with their mouths open because no one had ever given them a presentation on the making of a skincare cream. Usually people talk about the affairs they’re having or get racy. I thought, if that’s what my subconscious is thinking about, well, that’s kind of boring. But at least I know I’m doing what I should be doing!

 

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On August 16th, beauty editors take over New York’s First Floor for Beauty Editor’s Day, benefiting Look Good Feel Better! Call 866-395-5665 to book your appointment for a personal consultation + makeover.

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Meet Terrance J. Demons

Terrance J. Demons  is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of the Marni’s men’s collection for fall that earned him the nod: If practicality was the only merit on which to base a designer’s fame on, Consuelo Castiglioni has a potential to outshine many of her contemporaries. The labels showing at last year’s Milan Fashion week remained true to form — the collection remained, as usual, punctuated with Castiglioni’s usual touch of whimsical elements and sculpted tailoring. Models were decked in oxfords splashed with primary colors, suiting that harked back onto the 1960′s, while footwear seemed militarized with weighty soles and patent detailing. The key takeaway here was function and through the shows progression,…

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Terrance J. Demons  is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of the Marni’s men’s collection for fall that earned him the nod:

If practicality was the only merit on which to base a designer’s fame on, Consuelo Castiglioni has a potential to outshine many of her contemporaries. The labels showing at last year’s Milan Fashion week remained true to form — the collection remained, as usual, punctuated with Castiglioni’s usual touch of whimsical elements and sculpted tailoring. Models were decked in oxfords splashed with primary colors, suiting that harked back onto the 1960′s, while footwear seemed militarized with weighty soles and patent detailing. The key takeaway here was function and through the shows progression, there was no mistaking it. Furry scarves and oversized key-fobs pirouetted on strikingly cut outerwear (i.e. a fox-fur scarf lying under a camel car coat added an air of Anglophilic formality). While details remained eccentric, the patterns proved to be soberly controlled. Argyle shirting and quilted trousers stood placidly in-line with their still louder siblings. A two piece micro-check ensemble ensured that the impressions made were no-nonsense, helping to settle the composure of the collection. Fans of Castiglioni’s craft will no doubt be at home here – to be unconventionally chic lies at the heart and soul of Marni.

 

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Snooping with Saks Insider Saks Deborah Walters

The Beauty Maven Selects Her All-Time Top Five Products!

As the Senior Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Beauty at Saks, Deborah Walters devours all things beauty like it is her job. Because it is. In the 19 years that she has been here, Deborah has seen, heard and tried it all. These are the five products, that, regardless of the newest, hottest and latest launches that she falls in love with, will always lay claim to real estate on her vanity: (1) Dior Creme Abricot:  “I have found this to be my trick for healthy, strong nails — it’s a nightly ritual.” (2) Sisley’s Eau du Soir Body Cream:  “This is my signature scent from the moment I experienced it on my first trip to Paris years ago.  I call this product…

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As the Senior Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager of Beauty at Saks, Deborah Walters devours all things beauty like it is her job. Because it is. In the 19 years that she has been here, Deborah has seen, heard and tried it all.

These are the five products, that, regardless of the newest, hottest and latest launches that she falls in love with, will always lay claim to real estate on her vanity:

(1) Dior Creme Abricot:  “I have found this to be my trick for healthy, strong nails — it’s a nightly ritual.”

(2) Sisley’s Eau du Soir Body Cream:  “This is my signature scent from the moment I experienced it on my first trip to Paris years ago.  I call this product my ‘everyday little luxury’, as it is such a rich, delicious moisturizer infused with this fabulous scent.”

(3) Clé de Peau Corrective Concealer Works magic under eyes or wherever you need to brighten and correct….love that it stays in place all day.  Perfect for a polished look both day and night.  A great tip I learned was to use a foundation brush to apply.

(4) RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Night Cream:  “I was nervous when I first tried this product as it has active ingredients and I have super sensitive skin.  I never looked back.  It has been a reliable part of my regime. It always delivers that glow and has really kept my skin exfoliated and toned.  I also use fewer products because of the gentle exfoliation this night cream provides.”

(5) Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer Light:  “This is the perfect shade for me year round.  For evening, I use it as a highlighter and the texture makes it easy to apply just the right amount of color.”

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Jenny Wu: What I’m Wearing This Week

The Good, Bad and Fab blogger styles a silk romper for day and night

This summer, I’ve been galloping all over town day and night like the pony express (sans horse). I don’t have time to go home and change once the sun goes down, so I bring an arsenal of items to make for an easy style transition. My Rory Beca silk romper was the outfit centerpiece, versatile enough to style up or down. During the day, I layered it with a meeting appropriate Stella McCartney blazer, comfortable to run in Prada wedges, and a YSL purse that’s roomy enough to house an army of depositions. Dinner at Fig & Olive with the girls called for a colorful take on the romper. I added a scarf, a waist-cinching belt (both the chic Saks Fifth Avenue brand from Saks in Beverly Hills!), an…

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This summer, I’ve been galloping all over town day and night like the pony express (sans horse). I don’t have time to go home and change once the sun goes down, so I bring an arsenal of items to make for an easy style transition.

My Rory Beca silk romper was the outfit centerpiece, versatile enough to style up or down. During the day, I layered it with a meeting appropriate Stella McCartney blazer, comfortable to run in Prada wedges, and a YSL purse that’s roomy enough to house an army of depositions. Dinner at Fig & Olive with the girls called for a colorful take on the romper. I added a scarf, a waist-cinching belt (both the chic Saks Fifth Avenue brand from Saks in Beverly Hills!), an eye-catching Valentino leopard clutch, and completed the bold color palette with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti platform sandals. Just like that, I’ve romped into the night!

DAY LOOK:

Romper: Rory Beca (my own) | Blazer: Stella McCartney | Purse: Yves Saint Laurent
Shoes: Prada Open Toe Suede Wedges | Bracelets: Bing Bang | Rings: Bing Bang

NIGHT LOOK:

Romper: Rory Beca (my own) | Scarf: Saks Fifth Avenue | Clutch: Valentino
Platform Sandals: Giuseppe Zanotti | Belt: Saks Fifth Avenue | Bracelets: Bing Bang | Rings: Bing Bang

 

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Fall for DVF

Bold colors, strong femininity & Diane von Furstenberg…is there any other way?


Bold colors, strong femininity & Diane von Furstenberg…is there any other way? See the editorial and exclusive interview with the designer here.


Bold colors, strong femininity & Diane von Furstenberg…is there any other way? See the editorial and exclusive interview with the designer here.


Meet Ambyr Hanks

Ambyr Hanks is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of Burberry Prorsum’s runway that earned her the nod: Burberry Prorsum’s fall 2012 collection conveys a fun, yet poised woman.  She’s ready to take on color, prints and bold silhouettes. The cocooning silhouette is a key trend this fall and the house’s creative head Christopher Bailey, took the over-sized trend and added structure and ease.  Billowing blouses, bubble skirts and over accentuated coats are Burberry’s twist to the cocooning look. This collection is a play on both men’s and women’s styling.  To tie in some menswear touches, they are focusing on bold thick stripes and their classic plaid print.  Stripes and plaids are always a…

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Ambyr Hanks is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her  coverage of Burberry Prorsum’s runway that earned her the nod:

Burberry Prorsum’s fall 2012 collection conveys a fun, yet poised woman.  She’s ready to take on color, prints and bold silhouettes. The cocooning silhouette is a key trend this fall and the house’s creative head Christopher Bailey, took the over-sized trend and added structure and ease.  Billowing blouses, bubble skirts and over accentuated coats are Burberry’s twist to the cocooning look.
This collection is a play on both men’s and women’s styling.  To tie in some menswear touches, they are focusing on bold thick stripes and their classic plaid print.  Stripes and plaids are always a great way to dive into fall, so why not wear a punch of jewel tone colors with your white blouse.  Burberry is giving you an extra touch of femininity to each look with bow tie belting, ruffled lapels and skirting on their coats. They have both streetwear and evening-ready looks in this collection.  Take a cropped jacket, ruffled skirt and animal print sweater out on the town for a daytime friendly feel.  To take you into the evening, they’ve focused on rich colored floral prints, peplum skirting and velvet accents for a more sultry appeal. Burberry’s focus on trending silhouettes, punches of colors and bold prints will send you into fall in style.

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Cool Summer

Sean Sullivan of The Impossible Cool talks style

Since its inception in 2007, The Impossible Cool has gained a cult-like following amongst lovers of vintage photographs of people who are, well, impossibly cool. Most are black and white shots of creative types ranging from Paul Newman to Francoise Hardy to Andy Warhol. The well-edited collection of images that Sullivan has cultivated land on inspiration boards — and for that matter Pinterest boards — of tastemakers across the globe. Here, SaksPOV sits down with the arbiter of all-things cool. SaksPOV: Describe an Impossible Cool person. S.S.: Always have to quote Mr. Vidal in saying “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” SaksPOV: What are you working on right now? Sean Sullivan: I’m in the middle…

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Since its inception in 2007, The Impossible Cool has gained a cult-like following amongst lovers of vintage photographs of people who are, well, impossibly cool. Most are black and white shots of creative types ranging from Paul Newman to Francoise Hardy to Andy Warhol. The well-edited collection of images that Sullivan has cultivated land on inspiration boards — and for that matter Pinterest boards — of tastemakers across the globe. Here, SaksPOV sits down with the arbiter of all-things cool.

SaksPOV: Describe an Impossible Cool person.
S.S.: Always have to quote Mr. Vidal in saying “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.”

SaksPOV: What are you working on right now?
Sean Sullivan: I’m in the middle of a photo project now for the new Tiffany’s store in SoHo. Also, getting ready to sort out a new collection for the Sonic Editions series, along with a book in the horizon.

SaksPOV: Whose work are you into these days?
S.S.: I’m a huge fan of anything Hedi Slimane is up to these days. Also, looking forward to my friend Jake Davis’ book to hit the shelves.

SaksPOV: Do you have any rules when it comes to your personal style?
S.S.: Keep it simple. Don’t pile on too much stuff just to stand out.

SaksPOV: Do you have any travel plans?
S.S.: Yes 100%. Travel is essential to me. Once my plate is cleared I’m heading off to Greece for a bit. I’ve got Columbia on my short list as well.

SaksPOV: What’s your fondest summer memory?
S.S.: Growing up my family always took a summer vacation down to the shore in Avalon, NJ. Early evening cruises to the Back Bay in my dad’s boat are memories I hold close.

SaksPOV: If you could choose any other industry to work in, what would it be?
S.S.: I would love to run a charter sailboat out of some small pacific island. At one point, I seriously contemplated checking out and getting a job as a deckhand to learn that world. A little seaplane would fit nicely in there as well.

Sean Shops His Favorites on Saks.com:

   

Gant Rugger Chino: “Easy color and weight to wear until the Fall.”

Earnest Sewn Dean Tee: “These wear in to near perfection.”

   

A.P.C. Sweatshirt: “Beaches get cold at night in the summer. This sweatshirt is insanely comfortable.”

Kiehls Moisturizer: “Stay hydrated.”

   

Persol sunglasses: “Classic frame you can’t go wrong with.”

Graphic Image Passport Wallet: “Travel is so much smoother when everything is one place.”

   

Jack Spade Stowaway Nylon Duffle: “For the short hauls.”

Longchamp Surf Nylon Rolling Suitcase: “For the long ones.”

 

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