Pack like Marc New­son

Esquire (UK) - - Style -

As a pre­em­i­nent mod­ern prod­uct de­signer, Marc New­son knows plenty about stream­lin­ing and ef­fi­ciency. In his lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with Louis Vuit­ton, he has tweaked the clas­sic duf­fel bag, cre­at­ing a carry-on of wa­ter re­pel­lent, heat-formed tech­ni­cal yarn, with 95 per cent less stitch­ing than con­ven­tional lug­gage (so it won’t split), and near-silent wheels — all weigh­ing less than 3kg. But how does New­son pack for a trip?

“I’ve got a large wardrobe, I know ex­actly where ev­ery­thing is,” he ex­plains. “I sub­con­sciously cross-ref­er­ence that with the num­ber of days that I’m abroad. So, I will do two things: start from one cor­ner of my wardrobe and lit­er­ally go through ev­ery­thing, from top to bot­tom, left to right, all the way to the other end. And I know that I have not missed any­thing. In that wardrobe is ev­ery­thing from un­der­wear to pass­port to belts, cuff­links if I need them, a tie if I need it, busi­ness cards, pens, sun­glasses, read­ing glasses; the whole world.”

New­son then maps out each day of the trip and “out­fits” ac­cord­ingly. He takes a suit, but would only wear it for plea­sure, not busi­ness. He also trav­els light.

“Never, ever, ever do I check-in lug­gage.

It’s my golden rule. I’ve never been par­tic­u­larly lucky, check­ing stuff in. I’m one of those peo­ple for whom things tend to go miss­ing. So first and fore­most, I just can’t stand the prospect of my bags not ar­riv­ing. And I ab­so­lutely, ob­ses­sively, like to be the first one off the plane.”

Orange tech­ni­cal knit mono­gram Hori­zon soft duf­fel, £1,700, by Louis Vuit­ton and Marc New­son;louisvuit­ton.com

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