Stylish Stowaways

Travel with ease

By Faith Hope Consolo

Summer evokes images of bright sunshine and a hammock on a warm beach overlooking the seashore. To ensure that your oceanside or poolside getaway is as stress-free and chic as possible, here is a roundup of the right accessories to complement your adventure, making sure you travel in style. Finding the right items to stow in your suitcase is equally as important as what you are carrying.

Luxe Luggage:
Mark Cross

Travel in exemplary style with Mark Cross’s suitcase collection. Crafted in Italy from grained leather using techniques that have been honed since 1845, it’s no surprise to find a wealth of traditionally thoughtful details. From multiple size Trolleys to the Sara Beauty Case to the Baker, this heritage brand is a mainstay for the well-heeled traveler. ($4,040,

Favorite Fragrance:
Bond No. 9

I never leave home without my favorite fragrance brand, Bond No. 9’s Bon-Bon’s, in pocket spray form. It’s perfect for travel and refillable! ($380,

Show Off Your Sunnies:
Barton Perreira

Survive the sun with a classic shape that will never go out of style. This fashion accessory keeps those UV rays away while keeping you trendy and stylish. The rose gold Corso is my current obsession. ($565,

Haute Hats:
Eugenia Kim

A chic straw sun hat is essential for any sunny destination, shading your face from harmful rays. Luxury fashion milliner Eugenia Kim creates statement-making embroidered hats known for classic silhouettes and beautiful details. Catch me on the shore in the Sunny “Walking on Sunshine” Straw Sunhat in Ivory. ($465,

Beauty on Board:

Lavender Hand Cream is an essential beauty ritual for hydrating hands in flight. The velvety, soothing cream creates an atmosphere of tranquility while combating the dry cabin air. ($12,

Face the Flight:
Caudalie Paris

Pick up the Premier Cru Eye Cream, La Crème Rich and the 100% organic Grape Water, so you don’t forget about your eyes, which are especially susceptible to onboard damage, keeping you fresh and primed. ($99,

Timless Beach Towel:

Take over your choice stretch of sand and display your fashionable nature even on the beach. This lavish towel is a timeless classic; loving the Leopards Square Beach Towel. ($600,

Fashionable Flying:
Brunello Cucinelli

A cashmere travel wrap is a must to avoid drafts and harsh AC, and this is the ultimate for comfort. Ensconce yourself in the Cashmere Knit Blanket with Striped Cotton Lining in camel.

Notable Notebook:
Barneys New York

My mind never stops, and those who know me know that I am constantly writing thoughts down on paper. One of my favorite NYC department stores makes the perfect leather refillable journal for being productive in-flight. Currently enjoying the Smythson Soho Manuscript Notebook for my inspirations! ($230,

Best Beach Tote:
Cult Gaia

You really can’t go wrong with a classic bag that’s big enough for your towel, some summer reads, and the other essentials you’ll need for a day spent seaside or poolside. Los Angeles label Cult Gaia launched their coveted “Ark” bag—a crescent-shaped bamboo clutch that feels off beat yet timeless. Functional works of art that go from the beach to dinner and beyond, making it a repeat summer “It” bag. ($128,

Athleisure at the Beach:

Fashionable yet functional athleisure wear is a must for an energetic beach workout. While away from my home base, I take Erika Bloom Pilates on the road wearing Bandier designers. I particularly adore Adidas by Stella McCartney training seamless block tights. ($100,

Whatever your summer destination may be, this list should help you attain effortlessly chic travels, making your trip all the more glamorous.

Happy Summer & Happy Shopping!


Faith Hope Consolo is chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group in New York. Recognized worldwide as the “Queen of Retail,” Consolo is renowned for her expertise as a consultant and retail broker who has been instrumental in revitalizing and sculpting retail corridors across the nation and beyond. Her client base includes top-tier fashion names as Buccellati, Ivanka Trump, Cartier, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, and Yves Saint Laurent. She is responsible for the most successful commercial division of New York City’s largest residential real estate brokerage firm.


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