Multitasking in the best way, these handbags can both protect fragile items in transit and then carry modern essentials on a night on the town. In aluminum, with Rimowa’s signature ridges, they come in silver, rose gold and black ($1,170) and echo the style of the iconic German suitcase company founded in 1898 in a decidedly modern way.
Spring is the start of the Mediterranean appreciation of the light wine-based cocktail with soda and bitters that was originally known as Spritz Veneziana. Never, (in Italy at least) drunk in winter, invariably abbreviated to a single word, The Refined Spirit, based in Switzerland, pays homage to this drink par excellence with a collection of clothing, including towels (40 €) and jerseys swimwear (€50), products to order to avoid overstocking and from ethical factories. And they got you covered if your mother prefers to sip Negroni or even a margarita.
Just launched, these wireless headphones (€399) are as versatile as any mother and offer a Scandinavian mix of style and comfort. Lightweight – each weighs just 6g – but powerful, with a 9.2mm driver and adaptive ambient noise cancellation (yes to voices, no to rumble of traffic) and resistant to rain and sweat, with four different sizes of silicone tips to ensure a proper fit. Designed by Thomas Bentzen, lasting 6-8 hours, with case charging, you can get up to 28 hours of listening time on the road.
A beautiful cross between art and fashion, and practicality when it comes to evening temperature drops and extreme air conditioning. Designer Darshana Shilpi Rouge, who has worked with Tiffany’s and Cartier, opened her own artelier in Belgravia, London in 2020. In collaboration with – among others – painter Mary Jones, photographer James T Murray and Shagdarjavin Chimmedorj, scarves ( from £395) are printed in limited editions by a family of Italian artisans on silk, cashmere and other natural fabrics with Japanese gift boxes, handmade in Japan from Paulownia wood.
If arriving at your destination is likely to be stressful (and what airport isn’t at the moment?), British company Kloris has just introduced these transdermal CBD patches (from £48 for 30 patches) that deliver 16mg of pure CBD, plus added nutrients turmeric and resveratrol for inflammation and joint health, time-released over 24 hours. No mess, waterproof and fully biodegradable, they are a mess-free, travel-friendly way to incorporate CBD into a vacation.
This venerable French perfume house recently received a Victoire from Taillac and Ramdane Touhami, who previously worked for Colette, Liberty and revitalized Cire Tudron. Mix heritage products and novelties, with this vegetable lip balm (€28), with sesame and plum oil rich in vitamin E, in a monogrammed case, it is the most stylish solution in Europe for the lips dry.
The travel-friendly Recovapro Lite (£159) from this British percussive massage company comes in a range of colors including rose gold, pale blue gray and black. Weighing 1.45 lbs, with 180 minutes of charge and four different attachments for truly uknot muscles, in an award-winning ergonomic design that can deliver up to 2400 percussions per second and a stall force of 40 lbs.
Sometimes a trip is the perfect opportunity to take care of yourself. This new Swiss dental brand brings environmental awareness to the teeth whitening game (£157), without the sensitivity that usually accompanies treatments but promises to lighten up to ten shades. All products and packaging are fully biodegradable or recyclable; the toothpaste tube is cardboard, the whitening liquid comes in a glass bottle, and the mouthwash is peroxide-free.
Made to order by Alexandra Lloyd with palm trees, the blues of the Mediterranean and the mythical Hôtel du Cap swimming pool, there will only ever be ten of these backgammon sets (£5,700). With hand lacquered paint, the playing pieces are heavy white jasper and turquoise encased in polished brass. with inlaid leather bases, calf leather and suede dice shakers as well as casino quality dice.