Travelling abroad these days has become a far more affordable luxury, and a lot of folks are travelling for the sake of populating their social media content. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that but it can feel somewhat… lacking in the sense of adventure that travelling in earlier times used to conjure.
On a recent trip to Shanghai where we visited Tory Burch‘s flagship at Jing An Kerry Centre (their largest store in the world), we discovered the brand’s S/S’19 collection up close — and the story behind it is a rather romantic one.
It was conceived as a love letter to Burch’s parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson, who were avid travellers who would sail around the Mediterranean and Caribbean islands every summer on a steamer ship.
It’s a pretty skirt, but the hidden message makes it even sweeter — embroidered onto the green band is an excerpt from Buddy’s old letters to his wife Reva that reads, “Backseat Angel, you keep us awake playing oldies into the late.”
The standout print of the collection is this whimsical motif of foliage and fauna, inspired by the scarves Burch’s mother, Reva, used to wear.
The vibrant print works well on swimsuits too.
One of our favourite accessories from the collection is this tasseled bracelet. Burch’s father Buddy used to own one in a similar style.
Reva enjoyed collecting the coin currencies of the various countries she visited and that’s reflected in these statement earrings…
… as well as on this lovely knit piece with gold coin pieces attached all over (P.S. the coins aren’t heavy).
Stripes were another recurring motif in this collection as a nod to the duo’s time out at sea.
This practical carryall will fit a good number of items and is reminiscent of a camera bag Buddy used on the couple’s travels.
For those who prefer their bags small and compact, the Miller is a cute, everyday-friendly number perfect for stowing essentials.
And finally, comfy shoes are a must on holidays; these retro canvas sneakers will do the trick.
Inspired by her parents’ exotic trips (Burch herself has a vacation home on the island of Antigua), the designer translated that into her S/S’19 collection, and it’s admittedly a very picture-perfect shot of that elegant yet relaxed old-school manner of travel; no overtly trendy, made-for-the-‘gram pieces here, thank you very much.
Above, we take you through the pieces that’ll be ideal for your own travels.
For those currently in Shanghai or planning to visit soon, Tory Burch also has a a pop-up store (from now till Mar 17) within Jing An Kerry Centre that showcases the collection in an idyllic environment meant to simulate the Caribbean island of Antigua. It also features several interactive elements such as VR games, in which one may stand a chance to win goodies at the brand’s flagship store.