Fall is a great time to travel. The weather is changing, so we need to be mindful of the fluctuations in temperature and be prepared to pack smart; selecting clothing and accessories that can easily transition from day to night will help keep luggage light.
Our editor-in-chief, Ramsin Khachi, is a seasoned traveler, constantly looking for inspiration wherever he goes. So we had Ramsin set off to the Harry Rosen flagship store in Toronto’s famous shopping district on Bloor Street to pull together two mix n’ match looks of coordinating wardrobe staples, both of which can take you from day to night. A slim line turtleneck sweater, dark denim, simple tee, a navy knit blazer, and comfy yet stylish sneakers are all part of the look. Just add some headphones and your Apple Music playlist and you will be good to go.
** Prices are in Canadian Dollars
This Maurizio Baldassari Unstructured Sports Jacket is the ideal fall staple for transitioning from day to night. Built specifically for comfort and mobility, it is crafted in Italy from an ultra-fine virgin wool blend, and is only a quarter lined to ensure that the jacket moves with you while providing just the right amount of warmth. It is tailored with high arm holes and sharp waist suppression for a slimming look and a powerful silhouette. We love the subtle details of this piece, like its notch lapel and crisp blue windowpane pattern — refined enough to morph between many different kinds of occasions (a must when on the road), but stylish enough to make a statement.
Maurizio Baldessari cut his teeth as a buyer in Milan at La Rinascente department store. Being deeply immersed in the world of fashion and textiles, especially when the store began sourcing materials from the Far East markets in the 1970s, gave Baldessari a unique perspective on both global and Italian craftsmanship and laid the foundation for his own brand in the 1980s. This pair of Boffi stretch cotton pants is representative of the designer’s quest for the highest standards in make and material; 97% cotton, these soft pants are comfortably ideal for long travel days, and details like a fifth change pocket and back welt pockets with button closures provide lots of safe space for keys, coins, and cards while hurrying to make connections.
These cotton denim trousers are another comfortable option for travel. The slim fit ensures no added bulk to slow you down en route to train stations, meetings, or airports, and like the Maurizio Baldassari pants above, these too offer plenty of vital storage; five pockets, including a watch pocket, provide ample space in which to slip valuables while on the run. Each pair of these pants is unique, thanks to a careful garment-dye process; irregularities and shadings along the edges and seams of the garment lend a bespoke quality. Produced in the hamlet of Solomeo in Italy, these trousers are yet another testament to quality Italian craftsmanship.
The versatile sports jacket above can be dressed up or dressed down with the addition of either a simple T-shirt or soft turtleneck. Outdoor function? Opt for this linen T-shirt from Patrick Assaraf. Going from the gallery to dinner? The designer’s merino wool turtleneck will do the trick. Having worked in menswear fashion for over three decades, Assaraf knows that the key to European elegance is fine tailoring that blends simplicity with high end materials. This T-shirt is a timeless, breathable, lightweight garment with a marbled finish that lends just the right amount of visual interest. It can be paired with either a jacket to dress it up or jogging pants for a casual athleisure look at the hotel gym. The soft merino wool turtleneck has a sleek retro “panache” and will serve to keep the traveller warm while going easy on dry, travel-weary skin.
Scarves can serve as the ultimate travel accessories, providing just the right amount of warmth or flair to an ensemble. This Loro Piana men’s scarf features that signature frisson finish that the designer has so carefully perfected in his elegant scarves. A distinct sheen lends a touch of elegance to the accessory and makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor wear. Opt for a neutral shade to ensure that this accessory pairs with any outfit in your suitcase; we love this soft pewter grey. It’s a minimalist piece with just the right amount of detailing in its fringes. Pair with a jacket, t-shirt, or bomber to combat the falling autumn evening temperatures.
Initially founded in 1913 by Mario Prada and his brother Martino as a leather goods shop, Prada has been perfecting the art of fine leathers for over a century. This wardrobe staple is essential in the travelling man’s suitcase. Made in Italy, the fine leather belt pictured above requires little real estate in luggage but packs an impressive amount of punch when it comes to dressing up an outfit. Much like the scarf above, the soft brown makes it a versatile neutral that can pair well with multiple ensembles. Fine construction details like a stainless steel pin-buckle and an intricate woven pattern lend a bit of visual interest. As is a must for all other accessories on our list, this belt will be every bit as suitable at a brunch meeting as it will be at dinner and a show.
The best shoes for travel are built to fit well and last long, which means they can be a little pricier — but they are always worth the investment. You’ll perhaps notice a common thread in the carefully curated accessories on this list; so often the finest designs come straight from the heart of Italy, and these shoes are no exception. Made by Santoni, an Italian brand known for its rigorous attention to detail and vision of refining the cultural heritage of craftsmanship, these sneakers are slip-ons, making them a must for airport security checkpoints. (We could all do without the cumbersome struggle of laces when it comes to removing shoes at the metal detector.) A pull tab heel means they can be pulled on and off in a hurry. Details like the leather logo tab on the tongue, leather lining, and nubuck upper lend a touch of elegance to otherwise casual footwear. Just as the pink soles of Manolo Blahniks add a hint of peek-a-boo personality, the vibrant orange streaks on these soles are a playful addition.
No matter the season, it never hurts to pack UV protection for the eyes, especially considering the fatiguing effect of fluorescents in airport terminals and stations. We’re partial to Dior’s varied line of modern and technically sophisticated sun specs. This year’s Fall/Winter collection sees a wide range of options for men that will satisfy those in search of a funky accessory or a sleek update to a timeless classic. Detail highlights of the 2018 collection include mirrored and ultra-flat lenses; standout finishes include ultra-thin matte orange lacquered temples, double strips of gold-toned metal that provide added depth to the frames, and the emblematic Dior Homme cut bridge.
David Yurman Woven Black Chain Bracelet
David Yurman learned the art of direct welding from sculptor Ernesto Gonzalez at the tender age of fifteen. He perfected this practice, one developed by artists like Picasso and Julio Gonzalez, and the designer now has a unique eye for artistry and three-dimensional form. This Woven Chain Bracelet combines the softness of woven nylon with the industrial hardness of metal, available in either sterling silver or 18k gold finishes. The nylon is also customizable; the bracelet is available in either blue, black, or red, making this a versatile option that can be subtle, bold, or layered for a mix n’ match look, which lends a subtle pop of personality to an ensemble. Best of all, you won’t need to pack it — throw it on and go! Just be sure to remove the bracelet before walking through any metal detectors at airport security; with its simple push clasp, this is a hassle-free accessory for busy hands.
The advent of the iPhone has made travel a considerably less bulky affair; maps, day planners, personal music devices, laptops, and countless other accessories have all been distilled down to one convenient, streamlined device. We here at KHACHILIFE are always in search of the latest and greatest, and so these days our attentions are firmly fixed on the upcoming iPhone Xr, the newest offering from Apple. Promising an all-new Liquid Retina display boasted as the “most advanced LCD in the industry,” the Xr comes equipped with an innovative backlight that allows the screen to stretch all the way to the corners of the device, complete with true-to-life colour. And at 6.1 inches — the largest LCD in iPhone history — the screen allows for easy reading, viewing, or working in meetings or in transit. The Xr is also toted as having the smartest, most powerful chip in any smartphone on the market, and its precision-machined, aerospace-grade aluminum bands, durable front glass, and water and dust resistance make this a reliable phone in even less desirable travel conditions. Best of all, a breakthrough camera with Smart HDR, Bokeh and Depth Control, Enhanced Portrait Mode for selfies, and improved low-light detail make this the perfect camera for capturing all those travel memories. The iPhone Xr is available for order in late October.
Apple Watch – Series 4
Finally, Apple’s latest innovations extend beyond the iPhone Xr and into its smartphone line. Just last week, the California company launched its brand new Series 4 Apple Watch, promising a “fundamentally redesigned, re-engineered” model that will help the user stay “even more active, healthy, and connected.” Its display is the largest of any Apple Watch yet, and new health features include an electrical heart sensor and re-engineered Digital Crown with haptic feedback. The watch serves as a proactive health monitor of sorts; it can send notifications of both low and high heart rates, and can detect when the user falls and enable Emergency SOS. The Series 4 also boasts automatic workout detection with precise tracking of cadence and pace; as an added bonus when travelling, the watch is equipped with activity sharing, meaning the user can engage in healthy competition with friends, no matter where in the world the watch and its wearer may travel.
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