Best men's travel wear Featured

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31 July 2012

Travelling light and right is an art from, one that men especially have perfected over time, taking great pride in it too. A question for our gentlemen readers: do you spend more time in an airport lounge than your own home? Can you identify with George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air as he expertly maneuvers through the crowds and security lines? Whether you’re travelling several times out of the year or your work day includes a regular layover, arm yourself with the best gear to get you through the trip.

THE SKY IS FALLING



A good place to start is with the inevitable style icon of the season: Bond, James Bond. This fall, Daniel Craig suits up for his third run as Agent 007 in ‘Skyfall.’ His close-to-the-body, 3-button Tom Ford suits boast that Englishman flair coupled with a supple quality to keep up with the demands of a high-risk lifestyle.

He’s also sporting a special edition Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean600M SKYFALL. Water resistant up to 600-metres, it comes with specialist diving features that include a rotating diving bezel and a chromium nitride diving scale. The limited edition watch (Omega produced exactly 5,007 of them) also has a 007 at the seven o’clock position, 007 engraved on the clasp and the inscription SKYFALL 007 can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back.

HANDSOME BAGGAGE
Zilli Triptych leather goods

Menswear has reclaimed handheld accessories in a major way and the best examples are in transit bags. The new 4-wheel trolley from Gucci makes for a chic travel companion and comes in three variations – black GG imprimé with black leather trim, beige/ebony diamante with black leather trim and beige/ebony diamante with brown leather trim. Top your trolley with a smart case for your wallet, phone and laptop, the K-Val travel bag from Valextra is a good bet – its unique Jacquard fabric combines Kevlar fibres and high tenacity polyamide, making it stain-resistant, waterproof, anti-pill and abrasion-resistant.
Dior Homme pouches

Pack your toiletries and other necessities in one of Dior Homme’s leather pouches with its ultra-masculine horizontal lining. If you’re interested in the latest travel tech, then check out the new Dror for Tumi collection. The partnership with award-winning designer Dror Benshetrit took 18 months of research and prototyping. The result: a series of elegant, long-lasting and versatile products that include the first ever expandable, zipper-less hardside case and a 2-wheeled case with four different size options that can increase its carrying capacity by 45 percent. “I essentially set about designing for myself,” Dror explains, “I’m constantly on the go, carrying different things and switching modes of transportation. More than ever, we expect our products to simply, effortlessly and elegantly fulfill all of our needs. Those that succeed become an indispensable extension of us and our lives.”

Dror for Tumi expandable luggage

HOW TO PACK

Want to become an expert in just 6 easy steps? Read on...

1. Place heavy objects such as pouches at the bottom, by the wheels
2. Roll up t-shirts, sweaters and trousers between the rails to take advantage of all space
3. Fill each shoe with socks and belts, place them in their own felt bag and fit into the empty spaces between pouches and rolled up clothes
4. Line the sides of the luggage with reading materials to protect contents
5. Fill in the gaps with small accessories to keep clothes from moving around
6. Place suits and shirts (collars unfolded) on the top to avoid wrinkling

TRAVEL JACKETS

Burberry Prorsum fall/winter 2012-13

With the striking contrast between the chill outdoors and the often-stuffy aircraft, the jacket is one of travel’s trickiest pieces. We fancy the new Burberry Prorsum trench in showerproof, asymmetric waxed cotton with a corduroy collar that adds a touch of class. Pal Zileri’s new line of Piumalana (wool feather) sartorial coats and jackets blend ultra-light cashmere on the outside with a goose down filling for elegance, comfort and warmth. Brioni’s hot product this season is the Caban waterproof coat. It features detachable inserts and is padded with foam to make it light and breathable.

ELEGANT EXTRAS


What’s winter without cashmere? The Personalized Premium Cashmere line from Ermenegildo Zegna allows you to customize the length of a range of crewneck, V-neck and half zip sweater pieces, which you can accessorize with an all-cashmere travel kit complete with cushion and eye cover! If you like your limited-edition Louis, pick up the soft-sided Sirius bag from Louis Vuitton in black or brown mink, an exclusive this season. For your passport and plastic, Zilli has luxe leather goods in the way of calfskin passport cases and 7-card ostrich credit card holders that will make the style hounds swoon. And how can we forget the shoes? Go ‘to and fro’ the bespoke way with the Scribe shoe from Bally. Handmade using the finest natural hides, you can log onto the brand’s website, download the smartphone app or head to a boutique to create your own custom pair of Scribes in seven steps.

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