On The Go: Cabin Baggage Secrets

Something to declare? Business trips provide an opportunity to pick up interesting or exotic items – it can’t be all work and no play. Next time you have a break between conference and cocktails, consider these very chic souvenirs…


With one of two annual British and Irish sales on the horizon, ARABELLA BISHOP, director and head of Sotheby’s Ireland plans her reception outfit carefully. “If I’m in New York, I’ll buy a dress there: I love The Row for something special or Diane Von Furstenberg. I just adore a browse in the gorgeous store on Wooster Street. I buy inexpensive cashmere at J Crew and also pick up a miracle blemish cream called Crotizone 10 in Sephora.”


For tax consultant TERRY FLEMING, business trips are an exercise in efficiency, with one carry-on, two dresses and pashminas replacing a coat. “Wrap dresses go from desk to dinner, literally.” And her business trip booty? “I am all for buying in Ireland but when in Luxembourg cannot resistdelicious Belgian chocolates byNeuhaus.”


HANNAH MOORE, London-based PR exec for Derek Lam, makes several trips to New York and Paris a year: “When in NY, I load up on Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime tea, J Crew knits, Current/Elliott skinny denims and Tory Burch Chelsea flats (I buy a new colour on every trip!). In Paris, I buy Ladurée hot chocolate, my latest obsession.”



Artist and fashion designer HELEN STEELE has 16 international stockists for her range of glamorous tunics and pants in statement patterns so she travels all over the world. As well showing at Paris and London fashion weeks, Steele makes regular trips to the Middle East. “I always pick up cardamon pods and Turkish delight on Middle Eastern work trips. Spicy Arabian men’s aftershave lasts forever and costs about €5 from a traditional souk.”


I love Goyard shopper bags, they’re light and have tons of space within them, perfect for travelling,” says the leading lady of taupe, interior designer KELLY HOPPEN. She’s just back from a whirlwind trip to the Parisian décor show, Maison & Objet, where she met with buyers before heading off to Beijing. “When I’m in China I love to stock up on black cotton buds! I know that sounds silly but I think they are brilliant – black sticks with black cotton, how cool is that? I am an avid shopper for cosmetics at airports, and find it’s a great way to kill time before you board your flight.”


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