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The New York-based co-founder of Zady – the sustainable fashion shop – lives to tell the story of each piece of clothing on her site, from the sourcing of raw materials to production. Here, the purveyor of Japanese suede slip-ons, French cotton tees, upcycled Nairobi jewellery and more, spins some tales of travel. Read on for Bédat’s favourite destination and her all-time best souvenir…

First thing you do when you check into a hotel Check out the products – you can judge a hotel by its shampoo option. The best I’ve seen yet was Hermès toiletries. C’est la classe!

You never leave home without… Travel-sized Marvis toothpaste in Jasmine Mint

You always return home with… Something locally made. Getting the story behind the piece is the best part.

Go-to travel outfit The West is Dead slacks, Small Trades t-shirt and always my Milano bag in taupe and black.

Best souvenir I travelled to Geneva for work, and came home with a boyfriend who became my husband. Not a bad souvenir to bring back.

Quintessential New York The city is made for walking. A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge followed by drinks at the River Cafe is a perfect start to an NYC holiday. My first job in New York was at that restaurant, so it’s always fun to go back and see old friends.

Favourite destination South Africa. My family is from there, so when I go I feel rooted and at home. Oh yes, and it has amazing beaches (Plettenberg Bay in the Cape is my favourite), delicious wine and really stylish people (downtown Jo’burg is going through a cultural revival – it’s the world’s best place for people-watching).

Worst travel experience My now-husband and I travelled to Mbabane, Swaziland a couple years ago to meet the internationally celebrated crafts-people there who sculpt wood. The people we met were just incredible, but, as we left, we got pulled over by the police. We didn’t understand that they wanted a bribe, and my husband was nearly sent off to the local prison. Needless to say, we were excited to get on the plane out of there.

Image via Maxine Bédat

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