Have playlist, will travel. That could be the slogan for Lexon’s tiny yet surprisingly powerful Mino speaker, which fits in the palm of one’s hand. Featuring a built-in USB-rechargeable battery, it can stream music from a smartphone or tablet for up to three hours. And it comes in a range of smart shades, including festive red.
Available in nine vibrant hues from yellow and orange to pink and green, Rado’s latest takes on its True Thinline ceramic wristwatches are bolder than the norm. It stands to reason, as they’re inspired by one of the 20th century’s most audacious architects: Le Corbusier. The limited edition collection, called Les Couleurs, pays specific homage to his Architectural Polychromy, the groundbreaking colour theory still referenced by designers today. Some things, it seems, are timeless.
Let’s be honest: Vacations are great, but airplanes are gross, with germ-ridden blankets having the greatest yuck factor. To the rescue comes Italian home textiles brand Busatti, whose (curiously monikered) Mario the Blanket boasts antioxidant powers, thanks to a bottom layer woven from a brown-seaweed-based yarn. According to Busatti, the material’s elemental makeup, which includes amino acids and vitamins, also helps “to keep the skin soft and elastic.” Maybe a more apt name would have been Super Mario the Blanket?
A chic pair of shades is a must on the road. Just ask German designer Sebastian Herkner, a non-stop jetsetter (check out his Instagram account) whose new capsule collection for eyewear brand Ic! Berlin evokes its geographic namesake. Named after iconic architectural locations in the German capital, each of the four unisex eye- and sunglass models in the line – Bellevue (shown), Hansa, Dahlem and Avus – is available in three colours and features the company’s patented handmade screwless hinge system.
Hearkening to the golden era of travel (with unusual ruggedness), Montreal’s Charles Simon – a brand started by former aeronautic engineers Charles G. Tremblay and Simon Maltais – produces luggage unlike any other. Panelled in various woods (choices include cherry, maple and oak) and finished in bull leather, the aluminum and carbon fibre cases come in various shapes and sizes – and are as sturdy as they are striking.
The exploration of a foreign city is best undertaken on foot. Enter Canadian shoe brand Allbirds, the wealth of whose “unbelievably cozy” kicks is matched by their eco-consciousness. Take the Tree Topper style (shown). Featuring an upper part woven from eucalyptus tree fibre, laces made of post-consumer recycled polyester and eyelets crafted from bio-based TPU, it just might offset your trip’s carbon footprint. Bonus: The merino wool insoles are cushioned with castor bean–oil foam and the soles with carbon-negative SweetFoam.
Released this season, the Travel Wallet is part of a larger collection by Maharam and Postalco under the creative direction of Scholten & Baijings. Focused on functionality and craftsmanship, the line is made from pressed cotton canvas and Hue, a minimally processed Maharam leather sourced from a boutique tannery in northern Italy. The wallet comes in two colours: turtleinspired Terrapin and electric yellow Citron, which will be easy to spot in an overstuffed carry-on.