Grace Coddington packs six shirts and six trousers and leaves her address book at home. Patti Smith always takes t-shirts, a black jacket, black pants and her ‘bee socks’ and Joan Didion’s White Album packing list, well, that’s legendary (two skirts, two leotards and a typewriter, for starters… ). I’m going to be travelling a fair bit over the next few weeks: a short press trip to Ibiza, followed by a weekend in Paris with Monsieur Ce N’est Pas Mon Age and then off to New York for the Know Your Style launch. The details of which are almost finalised – if you’re in or around Manhattan, please put the evening of November 2nd in your diary. More information to follow later this week. For shorter trips and summer holidays, I always try to do carry-on. And depending on the season, travel in jeans or joggers, flat shoes or trainers; a wrap-around scarf and a sweatshirt are my in-flight essentials.
These photos are from a lovely Smythson travel series. Last week, Jane Birkin, this week Travelling with Grace Coddington. Our Grace prefers personal recommendations to travel guides, packs the night before and allows plenty of time to get to the airport. Jane Birkin wears men’s cashmere v-neck sweaters and Agnés b silk tops, and ties a red ribbon around the handle of her suitcase.
Wherever I’m going, I always pack a swimsuit and take a book rather than a tablet… What are your travel essentials?