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Instagrams That Inspire Our buyers and designers...
12/9/2013
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Instagrams That Inspire

Our buyers and designers head off to all sorts of exotic locales all year long, hunting… >

Instagrams That Inspire

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Our buyers and designers head off to all sorts of exotic locales all year long, hunting down new sources and soaking in everything as inspiration. Some, like our dedicated handbag designer Sebastian, keep track of their travels (and give all of us back home a little something to dream about) with Instagram. Some of those Instagrams even become designs themselves, like the one above, that Sebastian snapped of a wall in Rome, that became our Hashtag Bag. With his help, we’ve culled some of his most intriguing shots here into a travelogue for you.


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“I always draw my color inspiration from pictures—the season’s palette comes together through them. On our last visit to India, I just loved the tangerine saris, the washed pink and terra cottas I saw everywhere. India is an assault on the senses…the colors, the smells, the flavors.”


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"I love taking portraits of people. This woman was selling textiles—you can see some behind her—at the Kinari Bazaar in Old Delhi, which is where most of the antique textiles can be found. We even bought some for our upcoming summer 2014 collection."


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“We always stay at The Trident Hotel. It’s in the middle of Delhi, but it feels private and zen. There are lanterns everywhere and they burn this amazing incense throughout the hotel. It’s an escape from the bustle of Delhi and our home away from home.”


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“Here we are landing in Hong Kong after a 17 hour flight! It’s a real birds-eye view —you can see all of the boats and clouds.”


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“Hong Kong is so hi-tech, way more so than India, it’s really a contrast. At the trim markets there, they have these walls filled with spools of ribbon and you can just pick what you want. In India, everything is really handmade. At the trim markets, they also have these little altars to ward off evil spirits—I almost lit myself on fire at this one (pictured, left)! Of course, the food is so inspiring too, this was a little pre-appetizer of sashimi at the Armani Restaurant there.”


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“The Amalfi Coast of Italy is amazing—Positano is my favorite place on earth. In Positano, the sidewalk is covered in gold mosaic terrazzo! We were at Le Sirenuse Hotel on a windy night and I snapped this photo (above left). It felt very surreal and Fellini-esque!”


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“Positano is all about lemons (and limoncello). I just love the colors of the food. And I loved these cute antique mini Vespas.”


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“I’m very inspired by Rome, the walls and whitewashing and the pigmented colors—and even the pigeons! The mask statue is from the Valentino offices in Rome, the arches are from the Uffizi in Florence and the ceiling is a cathedral in Milan.”


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“When we visited Africa, I flew in the cockpit of the plane. Everything is so remote there, it’s the best way to travel. In Zanzibar, we explored Stone Town, which has a real Casablanca feel to it—it’s a very dilapidated glamour. We saw this wooden sailboat with huge linen sails at breakfast one day there. And this building (left) is the House of Wonders, now a museum and formerly a sultan’s palace.”



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“I loved this door in Stone Town, so it’s going to be a bag in our summer 2014 collection. Here’s a little sneak peek!”



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