There’s something to be said for traveling in style, and our men’s buying team has it down to a tee. We tagged along as they hit Florence, Milan, and Paris, taking in the Spring/Summer 2016 collections in unflappable wardrobe essentials expertly edited to fit in their Rimowa multiwheel carry-ons. With thoughtful layers, lighter-weight fabrics, and unexpected combinations, they show that just because you aren’t on your home turf doesn’t mean that you can’t still look like you have the home court advantage. Scroll on for all their looks for Europe, as well as tips on how they packed for a practical yet personable approach to dressing on the road.
VP/DMM Men’s Designer Collections and Contemporary Sportswear
The unexpected cut and fit of these trousers gives one of Jay’s signature looks a modern edge. The ease of athleisure-style pleat pants is perfect for extra-long days on the go.
“It’s mind over matter when battling the heat in the city in summer. I plan the week around five different changes—that gets me through the trip with a few repeats. After that, nothing else makes it into the suitcase. Except that there is always room for many pocket squares!”
Senior Buyer, Men’s Designer Collections
“Since packing capacity is limited when traveling for the shows, I usually pull a bunch of stuff and then do an edit. Any piece that can’t coordinate for at least three different outfits doesn’t make the cut.”
Senior Buyer, Men’s Tailored Clothing and Furnishings
“I pack very differently for the summer season, as opposed to when we come in the winter for the fall collections—more T-shirts and casual clothing; less layers, more skin.”
VP/DMM, Men’s Tailored Clothing and Furnishings
“For this season, I brought my five favorite sportcoats and trousers, all in stone and light grays. I love a white or stone trouser because it can freshen up any outfit and make it feel less serious. Plus one knit tie for more formal occasions, because they travel better than silks.”
Associate Buyer, Men’s Designer Collections
“Our days are often spent in hot showrooms for hours on end, so staying cool and comfortable, yet presentable—one never knows what CEO might show up—takes precedence over any trend of the moment.”
Buyer, Men’s Designer Accessories
“I have a lot of sneakers, so whichever are my favorite at the moment are the first to get packed. Then, the rest of my wardrobe is pretty simple—whatever I’m going to be most comfortable in while running around to appointments.”