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He has a concept store in Tokyo, a space in Osaka and a month-old flagship shop in New York City – so yes, designer Todd Snyder and his impeccably tailored, yet entirely approachable menswear label get around. We recently caught up with the master of the not-trying-too-hard blazer (who has a CFDA nom under his belt) to talk travel and take a peek in his appropriately stylish Globe-Trotter suitcase.

Todd Snyder

Versatile basics make the man

You’re headed… Back to New York after a whirlwind of holiday travel.

Packing method I treat my suitcase like a capsule version of my closet, filling it with go-to items that I know will work hard and look smart on the road. I always opt for versatile basics in the same tonal family, so it’s easy to mix and match.

Carry-on vs checked bag Carry-on is key to cut down on time waiting for your luggage to catch up with you.

In-flight reading I love books and especially love scouring bookstores for inspiration when I’m in a new city. I’ll often spend the flight home flipping through the latest addition to my collection, which is full of books about architecture, art, cars, cinema, historical figures, furniture design…

Luggage of choice A quality piece of luggage that’s built to last really helps keep things pulled together. I’m a big fan of Globe-Trotter’s pieces, which are all handcrafted in England from super durable vulcan fiber.

You never leave home without… A picture of my family, plus a pair of sneakers that can go dressy or casual.

Favourite hotel Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo – they have the most relaxing hotel and the best service. It’s a great way to recharge after a long day working.

Best souvenir The best souvenir was when I bought a real silver mug from the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Hong Kong. I was with a good friend and I had my first Guinness draft beer in that mug and loved it… so I bought it. I still use it today.

If you could swap luggage with anyone, it would be… I would have loved to swap with Cary Grant. He had the best style and taste.

The first thing you do after checking into a hotel Figure out the best local spot for a post-flight whisky and burger.

Favourite travel app The most essential app on my phone during any trip is my camera, hands down. I’m forever taking pictures of design details, furniture, paintings and buildings to add to my mood boards when I’m back home in the studio. I’ve also developed a habit of photographing interesting vintage pieces that might be a good addition to our new flagship store on Madison Square North.

The most fashionable airport in the world As a sucker for sexy architecture, I’d have to say that the Bilbao Airport, designed by Calatrava, is one of the most stylish.

Yay or nay on cargo shorts (beloved by tourists) I’m obsessed with the utility and functionality of military styling, so I think cargos can do no wrong. As for cargo shorts, it’s really about how you wear them. They key is to make sure they are slim and not too baggy. Add a great cashmere sweatshirt and a pair of vintage army-inspired PF Flyers and you’ve got a pretty fresh and versatile look, in my opinion. A comfortable, functional outfit can still be smart.

The best style advice you’ve ever heard I still stand by my favourite words of wisdom from Oscar Wilde: ‘You can never be overdressed or overeducated.’ It’s a piece of advice that’s never failed me.

If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would it be? I’d never say no to a plane ticket to London. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world, and I always find incredible design inspiration when I’m there. Plus there’s nothing quite like a great, old beer-soaked British pub.

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