With important meetings all over the world on a regular basis, Louise Kennedy has learned a thing or two about traveling in style. Within just one month she can be on as many as ten or more flights, plenty of which demand a rather unsociable 4am wake-up call. So whilst a chic aesthetic will always be a top priority, so too will comfort and ease. Having mastered the art of traveling down to a smooth and sophisticated operation, below she shares her top tips for fellow jet-setters. From skincare to ensuring your sleep pattern doesn't suffer, Louise is a wealth of traveling information.
Louise's carry on essentials...
One of the key pieces for relaxed travel is a bag that has a designated space for key carry-on essentials. As I fly every week, I knew what was required when we designed our Kennedy 32 tote bag. It's designed with many interior pockets, some zipped for wallets and jewellery, space located for the iPhone and blackberry and passport.
Compartments reduce stress when we struggle to find that elusive passport as we approach customs.
I always travel with our classic ‘Cassie’ cashmere wrap with chic leather fringing. It is such a glamorous piece and dresses up relaxed separates with minimal effort. As well as that, I will never be without our Eau de Parfum, my Hermès notepad, some pencils and a Chanel moisturising lipstick. Hand wipes always a must.
The art of travelling light...
I love to travel with monochrome colours; they translate so easily from day to evening. Adding statement jewellery, silk jersey separates and fabulous Manolo Blahnik heels ensure I can always pack lightly yet have many style options.
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Louise on skincare...
Sisley skincare is one of my favourite skin companies. I also like La Prairie and a particular favourite is La Roche Posay. I ensure to drink lots of water and keep alcohol to a minimum. I have been a fan of Revive Active for the past 3 years; it works miracles. On long haul flights, I double my daily dosage and it has ensured I never suffer from jet lag.
The Kennedy 32 €1495
What to wear to the airport...
Starting with security checks, I always pack and dress to make this process as fast as possible. I wear chic trainers or suede slip-on Tods to avoid removing shoes at security. I ensure I have everything to hand that needs to be screened. I like to wear natural fibres, silk or cotton next to my body for comfort and ease. Another favourite for traveling would be my AG stretch jeans and a lightweight duster coat.
For long haul flights, I swap my jeans for our "Leonie" jersey pants and always carry a pair of fine cashmere socks. When traveling alone a good book is a must or my guilty pleasure is to indulge in back-to-back movies. My iPhone is always at the ready to snap inspiring, glorious sky and cloud formations for our Instagram account.
The secret to a good night's sleep...
There is nothing quite like relaxing warm bath to ensure a good night’s sleep, a good book with plenty of water for hydration works for me.
Louise on her most recent venture; from Portugal to New York City...
Guimarães is one of Europe’s hidden gems. North of Porto (Portugal) we are fortunate to work with a fantastic team who are based close by. Portugal has become one of the key locations for manufacturing luxury goods. We are currently designing Summer 2017 so we were busy developing new shapes. We also had a chance to check in on the AW 2016 production.
New York was a visit to see the inspiring Manus x Machina at the Metropolitan museum. It was a magnificently curated exhibition. During my stay, I had the pleasure of lunching with my favourite fashion editor Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar.
We plan to re-design our clothing room at our Dublin headquarters, so New York involved purchasing new mannequins and visiting mid-century dealers for display cabinets.
It's one of my favourite locations in the world and it is a city I would happily move to.
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