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Fashion Journal

Whether you’re starting to plan a summer road trip or readying for a holiday abroad, travelling well comes down to the basics.

These brands specialise in lightweight clothing, nifty accessories and sturdy luggage. All you have to do is focus on the destination. 

If collaborations can prove one thing, it’s that beauty can be born from a great relationship. Kollab really lives up to its name, fusing backgrounds in strategy, marketing, fashion, sales and distribution, to create the perfect travel and home goods. Founder Hayley Barrett teams up with local artists to create prints and uniquely crafted pieces, focusing on design and practicality. e results is a fusion of contemporary style and functionality. ink bright prints across lunch bags, cooler bags, asks, totes and storage, helpful for a night away or a year abroad. This might just be everything you want when travelling.

Forget op shopping for clothing with history. Socially conscious lifestyle label MATTER creates clothing with a story to tell. The brand provides consumers with transparency around its garments’ origins, makers and sustainable production processes. MATTER sees rural artisans from India partner with urban designers to produce modern pieces with a rich history. The result is thoughtful and affordable all-occasion clothing made using traditional techniques. The offering now spans beyond pants, tops and scarves, with the introduction of three jumpsuit styles in five different prints. Perfect for days on the road and nights by the ocean. It’s time your wardrobe mattered.

Afternoons with Albert
Is there anything more annoying than your headphones tangling around everything in your bag? Inspired by a childhood tinkering with his grandfather in the shed, Qantas pilot Shane Thompson decided to come up with a solution. His start-up, Afternoons with Albert, is the maker of the very nifty Cord Roll – a small leather pouch with adjustable straps to keep your cords in one place (and tangle-free). It’s small enough to fit in a jacket pocket, pair of jeans or backpack, and sturdy enough to outlast any wild adventure. A little birdy tells us there’ll be more handy products dropping soon, too.

ELEVEN Australia
There’s nothing worse than having to skimp on basic necessities when travelling. Hotel-issued toiletries don't always cut it. The good people at ELEVEN Australia get this and they’ve got you. The brand has released its much-loved products in a convenient travel range. It includes eight fun-size versions of its original products, in 50mL tubes. e collection is complete with both hair and body products, including shampoos, conditioners and sea salt sprays. At just $5.95 each, you can afford to take care of yourself.

In theory, backpacks are the best things in the world. So why is it so hard finding one that doesn’t make you look dorky? Toffee’s Centennial bag breaks this rule with a contemporary take on the classic backpack. Finished with a canvas and leather handle, the Centennial maintains practicality, without losing its unique, slimline aesthetic. And the same goes for the whole Toffee range. The laptop compartment inside each Toffee bag is lifted off the ground to protect your precious cargo, while extra padding ensures your back stays safe. Sold in most Australian airports, it’s perfect for the frequent wanderer. No back damage, no bank damage.

One Palm
One Palm prides itself on bringing quality products to fashion lovers and adventure seekers. The site is a mecca for curated travel goods, featuring One Palm-designed garments (including a brand new denim range) and products from labels like Spring Court, Delsey Paris and Sancia. The store pretty much houses all you could need for a trip away, from luggage to toiletries. A new leather carryall will become your dearest travelling buddy and you’ll probably be tempted to fill it with a matching travel wallet, bamboo scarf, Rains raincoat and just about every thing else in the store. Next step: plane ticket.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 161. You can read it here.

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