3 New Hollywood-Approved Luggage Brands to Add Style to Your Summer Vacation
No offense to Samsonite, or Louis Vuitton, for that matter, but the luggage industry was ready for a shake-up. With technology so advanced, gone are the days of buying separate TSA-approved locks (which then get lost) and scrambling to find an airport plug to charge your phone between flights. A few young brands are mixing things up, adding freshness to the category with high-tech extras and fashion-forward colors.
It’s no surprise that celebrities, who travel almost constantly, are clamoring to adopt these brands ― and even driving wait lists for something as seemingly basic as a $295 suitcase. Here are three brands that can make your next trip that much more stylish.
Although it’s not brand-new, Away (launched in 2016) has already made its mark on the travel industry. The luggage line began with a single suitcase, The Carry-on ($225) ― which two women designed with a USB charger, a TSA lock and a compression pad for more space ― and grew to a range of minimal, impenetrable hardshell luggage and accessories whose prices belie the premium materials of which they're made. (A lifetime warranty is included, too.)
Away lovers include Adrien Brody, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Ratajkowski, Gabrielle Union, Jeremy Renner, Margot Robbie and Zoe Saldana, among many others, who gravitate toward a palette that includes staples like sand, brick and asphalt. Away has collaborated with Madewell and the film Despicable Me 3 on a limited-run bright yellow Minions case, with an eye-shaped luggage tag. Last Friday brought the opening of Away’s first West Coast store, a bright Melrose Avenue outpost with mid-century furniture and clean lines.
Raden is another fairly new-to-the-scene luggage line that has in less than a year attracted a slew of celebrities with its hard-sided, crack-resistant Makrolon Polycarbonate bags. Mandy Moore, Emma Watson, Allison Williams and DJ Khaled all have them. A-list makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury bought 40 for her team. And the rainbow colors were a hit at a recent Pride-themed pop-up at L.A.’s The Grove, where 20 percent of proceeds were donated to Outfest.
Earlier this year, the Pink Gloss carry-on suitcase ($295) surely smashed some suitcase record when it reached a waiting list of more than 10,000 people. When it comes to smart travel, there’s perhaps none more intelligent than Raden’s bags, which feature built-in USB chargers, a scale and live customer-service chat feature, weather updates, traffic alerts and Bluetooth location technology, meaning you'll never really have lost luggage again.
At New York Fashion Week Men’s, Classic Sneakers Make a Comeback
New York Fashion Week: Men’s officially kicked off yesterday in New York, where designers began debuting their latest spring ’18 collections. While it’s no surprise sneakers have been ruling the runways ― it was a trend we saw in Europe as well ― the sneakers in New York have focused on the classics. Labels balanced their modern menswear with iconic sneaker styles, such as the Adidas Stan Smith or Gola low-tops.
At Bristol Los Angeles’ spring presentation, minimal sportswear looks were paired with Adidas Gazelle and Stan Smith kicks. We saw the Stan Smith court sneaker at Daniel Hechter’s presentation as well, in clean black and white colorways.
Gola sneakers ― a British heritage brand founded in 1905 ― made appearances at presentations from brands such as Wood House and Head of State. The labels used a variety of Gola styles, from its classic trainers to new plimsoll sneakers.
Speaking of classics: while David Hart didn’t use sneakers for his latest runway show, the designer did partner with classic brand Toms on shoes. The spring collection featured three Toms styles, including espadrilles, Huarache slip-ons and a new style called the Deconstructed Alpargatas.
Prince William and Prince Harry celebrate Princess Diana in new documentary
Prince William and Prince Harry have opened up to celebrate the life of their mother Diana, the late princess of Wales, in a new documentary.
"Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," which includes candid revelations from both princes, shares reflections on how Princess Diana influenced and shaped their lives, and how they hope to carry on her legacy.
“She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure,” Prince Harry said in a promotional clip released ahead of the documentary’s release.
“She was very informal and really enjoyed the laughter and the fun,” Prince William said. “But she understood that there was a real life outside of palace walls.”
In the film, both Princes William and Harry share some of the most meaningful and touching moments from their childhood, as well as the laughter they shared with their mother.
Prince Harry says: “She was one of the naughtiest parents.”
August will mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death at age 36 in a Paris car crash. Princes William and Harry were just 15 and 12, respectively, when she died.
The brothers, who both opened up publicly this year about the grief they felt after their mother’s death, gathered with family members last Saturday, on Diana's birthday, at her family home, Althorp House, to rededicate her grave in a private service.
The royal brothers are also marking the 20th anniversary of their mother's death by commissioning a statue of Diana that will stand in the public gardens of Kensington Palace in London.
Kensington Palace is also home to a stunning memorial garden that opened in April to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death and to honor her life. "Diana: Her Fashion Story," an exhibition chronicling Diana's evolving style during her life, opened at Kensington Palace in February.
Prince William and Prince Harry shared intimate photos from old family albums Diana left them.
"Believe it or not, you and I are both in this photograph, you’re in the tummy," William shared in the documentary, which will air on Britain’s ITV later this month.