Leader of the Pack

Claire Distenfeld Olshan

Claire Distenfeld Olshan

Occupation: Owner and Creative Director of Fivestory NY

Preoccupation: Travel

Favorite Hotel: Blackberry Farms, Oberoi Jaipur, Zarafa Camp Botzwana

Claire Distenfeld Olshan
  • 1. What's your perfect carry one or piece of luggage?


  • 2. What’s your go-to travel uniform?

    KHAITE JEANS, a white t-shirt and a navy blazer. Clean, polished and always useful to have on a trip.

  • 3. Can’t travel without:

    PODCASTS... preferably Malcom Gladwell's "Revisionist History" or "How I Built This."

  • 4. Oddest thing I’ve ever packed:

    A 17TH CENTURY FRENCH RENAISSANCE BALL GOWN with a corset for a "dangerous liaisons" themed wedding.

  • 5. Favorite thing to nick from the hotel room:

    Sewing kits and writing utensils...and if the spot is really just the coolest, then maybe an ashtray.


DesignHotels inspires with their newest initiative "Further" - a collaboration of diverse communities coming together to co-create meaningful and immersive hospitality experiences driven by social impact...a mission to bring people to a collective consciousness around wellbeing, creativity, and purpose.
Next up on the London hotel scene: The Pilgrm. Keep an eye out for this gem, right in the heart of Paddington.
Cool Hunting offers a look at the new Detroit Foundation Hotel, with an inspiring vintage + modern mix converted from Detroit's old fire department headquarters.

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