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March 29, 2017

Best Travel Accessories

By Lauren Jade Hill

With the world’s top designers continually coming out with new collections and the biggest brands in travel tech combining technological advancements with inspiration taken from icons in the past, there are more travel accessories than ever to choose between. We take a look at some of the most exciting brands who are behind the best travel accessories for your next journey.

Globe-Trotter Spring/Summer Collection Trolley Case

Best Travel Accessories

Founded back in 1847, Globe-Trotter is now one of the world’s most coveted luggage brands, famous for proving the strength of their cases by persuading an elephant to stand on one. And with this image since ingrained in people’s minds, the brand has been championed by famous names such as Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola. Now, Globe-Trotter’s spring/summer 2017 collection takes inspiration from one of the brand’s suitcases that appeared in its archives. This particular suitcase – which had been used by Hilary Farish, a BOAC air stewardess in the sixties – is distinguished by an interior that’s covered in travel stickers she collected from around the world. Now this luggage has been reinvented in warm grey or ivory with desert rose or marine hue straps.

Spring/Summer Collection, Centenary 20” Trolley Case $1,448

Globe-Trotter Spring/Summer Collection Accessories

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In addition to the classic Trolley Case, the spring/summer collection encompasses a series of Jet Duffel Bags, Jet Passport Sleeves, Jet Flap Over Purses and Jet Coin Pouches, each in the same grey, ivory, desert rose and marine color schemes, with the addition of graphite and hibiscus. The collection’s rectangular coin pouch comes printed with an archival Globe-Trotter graphic.

Spring/Summer Collection, Jet Flap Over Purse $504, Jet Rectangular Coin Pouch $189

Gucci Cruise 2017 Princetown Gucci Bengal Slipper

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Each year, the Gucci Cruise collection is met with great anticipation for the bold designs each one encompasses. Within the Gucci Cruise 2017 Collection, one design that stands out is the exotic Bengal print, in which tigers appear amid a forest represented by brush-stroke graphics. The collection’s Princetown Gucci Bengal Slipper comes in beige and ebony GG canvas with the Gucci Bengal print, a leather sole, 10 mm heel and a heart motif that’s sewn into the insole.

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Gucci Cruise 2017 Princetown Gucci Bengal Slipper $695

Gucci Cruise 2017 Gucci Bengal Pouch

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Also within the Gucci Bengal collection is this Gucci Bengal Pouch. Once again, this bold design is printed onto beige and ebony GG Supreme canvas, which in this case is paired with brown leather trims. The men’s wallet comes with six card slots, one open pocket, a removable leather wrist strap and a zipper closure.

Gucci Cruise 2017 Gucci Bengal Pouch $570

Dolce & Gabbana Limited Edition Flowers Lace Sunglasses

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The iconic Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is renowned for producing inspired sunglasses that reflect the lifestyle the brand stands for, while also conveying personality. Dolce & Gabbana’s striking Flowers Lace collection of sunglasses is inspired by traditional Sicilian lace, with Swarovski crystals and rose buds placed on the frame’s butterfly design. The sunglasses’ slim temples then featured the engraved logo. This unique limited edition design comes in black with red or black roses and grey gradient lenses, or gold with white roses and golden mirrored lenses. The accompanying case is made from matching black lace.

Dolce & Gabbana Limited Edition Flowers Lace Sunglasses.  Available in Dolce & Gabbana boutiques and other selected stores.

Dolce & Gabbana Gold Collection Sunglasses

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The Dolce & Gabbana Gold Collection sunglasses exhibit the classic Aviator style with a clean, contemporary design that’s characterized by its diagonal cut with 18 karat gold coating on the lenses. This is presented in a Gold Capsule in 18 karat white, rose and yellow gold. The sunglasses then come in black leather packaging.

Dolce & Gabbana Gold Collection Sunglasses. Available in Dolce & Gabbana boutiques and other selected stores.

Noble Audio Katana Earphones

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Named after the Japanese Katana sword, these state-of-the-art earphones are designed to represent their namesake’s balance, sharpness and precision, while also paying tribute to the exclusivity and craftsmanship these swords are known for. The earphones combine precision machined aluminium housings with a diamond texture surface that’s reminiscent of the handle of classic Katana swords. Detachable cables and smartphone compatibility add to their appeal

Noble Audio Katana Earphones $2,133

Leica M Special Edition Cameras

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Since 1975, Leica has been releasing limited edition model cameras, which have been designed in collaboration with artists, photographers and designers. Each of these is hand-crafted by Leica and presented in a box that’s unique to that edition. Past editions have been the Leica M-P grip by Rolf Sachs, and the M-P Correspondent designed by Lenny Kravitz. The latest is the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH, encompassing the world’s sharpest lens, and limited to a series of 100.

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH, around $9,000

Louis Vuitton Travel Guides: Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye

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The stylish Louis Vuitton travel books are celebrated for providing an insider’s guide to each of the cities they focus on. And the latest edition to Louis Vuitton’s collection of stylish travel guides – released in autumn 2016 – is the Fashion Eye series. Each guide focuses on a city, country or region, as seen through the eyes of a fashion photographer. As a result, the books bring together each destination’s emerging talent, established photographers and the legendary figures in the industry. The California edition is based on the work of Kourtney Roy.

Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye: California by Kourtney Roy $53, Series of Five $365

Aspinal of London Spring/Summer 2017 Luggage Tags

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As a brand that has established a reputation for handcrafted luxury leather goods, Aspinal of London continually garners followers from across the globe. The Spring/Summer 2017 collection by Aspinal of London features a series of travel accessories that have been meticulously crafted from Italian calf leather in the hue, Misty Blue Kaviar. The collection’s luggage tags come in two sizes to suit both suitcases and small carry-on bags, each complete with a gold foil Aspinal of London signature address card. These luggage tags can be personalized with up to four initials.

Aspinal of London Set of Two Luggage Tags in Misty Blue Kaviar $50

Find more inspiration on the best travel accessories to buy by taking a look at our pick of the most stylish headphones.

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