When it comes to fashion, inspiration is key. One of the best ways to get inspiration? Travel. Our founder Paul Slade designs bags with a sense of adventure about them, and this sense of adventure translates through to his life.
We sat down with him to chat about his experiences with travelling the world!
Have you done much travel in your life?
I haven’t travelled as much as I’d like. It wasn’t until I met Emma (Co-founder of Pauls Boutique and Paul's wife) that I started to travel further afield. Luckily Pauls Boutique has given me the opportunity to travel, especially to the Far East. Thailand and Hong Kong have to be some of my personal favourites.
Where was the last place you travelled to and what was the highlight of the trip?
The last place I travelled to Sicily to attend our spring summer launch. Our good friend Simone knows how to throw a good party and is an amazing host. The sea food in Sicily is stunning, they even even took us up to mount Etna, possibly the most active volcano in the world, which was a great experience and highly recommended.
Seafood Sicilian Style
What are your essential things to pack for a long flight?
An eye mask, iPhone and beats wireless headphones... oh! And some Haribos! They're absolutely essential.
Where is your all time favourite place you’ve travelled to and why?
Hmmmm… I’d say when Emma and I went to Bali for the first time. We were young at the time and stayed in budget hotels until we checked out Begawan Giri in Ubud. At the time this particular hotel had been voted best luxury hotel in the world. We rocked up on scooters to check it out and were invited in to have a look around the grounds.
It was after the Bali bombings in 2002 so the place was completely deserted. Out of desperation, they said that we could stay there as special guests. So instead of the six thousand dollars a night ( yes 6000k a night ) they would usually charge, they offered us the best villa for 600 dollars for the week! How could we refuse!? We had four bedrooms, a butler, library, dining room, infinity pool, outdoor bathroom cut away in the hill and our own Michelin star chef who would cook what ever we wanted. Truly a once in a life time experience.
Como Shambhala Estate Bali
What advice would you give to people who haven’t done much travel?
Don't be so dull and get out there… whats stopping you? Travel is something you'll never regret.
Where is the top place you would like to go next?
Mexico. Our graphic designer goes there every year and the photos are amazing!! I’d also love to go to New Zealand as it looks stunning… I also love a European city break so Copenhagen or Lisbon would be on my bucket list. The stunning tiles in Lisbon would definitely be inspiring!
Stunning tiles in Lisbon
Beach break or city break?
Barcelona... a city by the beach. It's the best of both worlds! I usually stay at Soho House when I go to Barcelona. I can't recommend it enough. It's a slice of heaven!
Pool at Soho House, Barcelona
Pool or ocean?
Definitely the ocean
What is the craziest experience you’ve had while travelling?
Getting the night ferry from Surat Thani to Bangkok, Thailand... it was hideous! Basically us and 200 others had to crawl into an open plan room and sleep side by side for an entire 10 hour journey. It was incredibly hot and covered in cockroaches... I'm not sure if I slept that night!
Any final words of wisdom?
Air B & B is a real game changer. It means you can stay in the best areas for a fraction of the cost. It also means that you can have a more local authentic experience, instead of staying in a hotel, and the host can normally recommend the best 'non tourist’ areas. The family and I recently stayed in a great apartment in the el born area of Barcelona... watch out for pick pockets though folks!