We chatted with local designers like the girls of Nha Khanh and our own local sartorialist, Barrett Alley, to find out where their stylish travels will take them this season, and we're giving you a sneak peek at what they'll be shopping for abroad and what they can't live without while on vacay.
Handbag designer Susie Straubmueller is headed to gorgeous Guatemala this Summer, and we're excited to see what exotic inspirations will influence her Fall 2011 collection of bags.
Like any gentleman, Barrett Alley packs lightly when traveling but says he'll pack one of his sartorial designs, like this Daijobu woven bracelet, for his trips to France and Tunisia this Summer. Pick up one for yourself online at Alley's website for $60.
Khanh Nguyen will be packing dresses like this asymmetrical, cap-sleeve one from the Nha Khanh Spring 2011 collection for her trips abroad; shop the dress at Forty Five Ten, $370.
One thing nearly all of our local designers are searching for during their Summer travels? Textiles vintage and new, like these spotted in Guatemala.
Susie Straubmueller "Ma Vie" handbag in nude ostrich; shop her collection by appointment and check out her website to book yours now. Straubmueller can't travel without her "Ma Vie," naturally!
Shades like these Isobel sunglasses by Oliver Peoples are among Khanh Nguyen's must-pack items when traveling.
What are some of our Dallas designer favorite beauty products that they never leave home without? From top left: Susie Strabumueller swears by sunscreen from La Roche Posay, around $20; Pacifica solid perfumes are Lindsay Weatherread's favorites, $6 to $9; Avalon Organics Vitamin C Vitality Facial Serum keeps Khanh Nguyen's complexion perfect even while abroad, around $25; another Weatherread must-pack item is Jergen's Natural Glow moisturizer, $5 to $7.
Nini Nguyen will be packing Hermes scarves, like this bright one from Spring 2011, during her fabric-sourcing trip to New York City this season.
Susie Straubmueller will be checking out the sights in Antigua this Summer, and she'll be packing lots of sheer items and brights for the trip.
Our look at the travel habits of Dallas designers was inspired by a new book created by the CFDA, American Fashion Travel, published by Assouline; buy it online for around $45.