Leader of the Pack

Isa Tapia

Isa Tapia

Occupation: Shoe designer.

Preoccupation: Never not working.

Favorite Hotel: Hotel du Cap in the French Riviera

Isa Tapia
  • 1. What’s your favorite piece of luggage?

    A piece I designed for the Dree Hemingway capsule collection at Cole Haan, it's made in the most luxurious Italian calf and it gets even better with age. It's also one of a kind we never produced it so I own one of 3 samples made.

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

    My OVERSIZED CASHMERE BLANKET, HOLLY GO LIGHTLY EYE MASK (yes, as in a recreation of the original blue Breakfast at Tiffany's, complete with gold tassels), ISABEL MARANT WOOL LEGGINGS, and maybe a COS SCARF. All of these items are good so I can layer up or down according to the temperature. Sometimes it gets super cold on the plane and then really hot after landing so I like to be able to peel or add a layer on or off on the spot.

  • 3. Can’t travel without:

    My FRENDS HEADPHONES, LA PRAIRIE CAVIAR SKIN COMPLEX, MY iPAD MINI, MUJI SKETCHBOOK and MONOCLE MAGAZINE.

  • 4. Oddest thing I’ve ever packed:

    An old school DVD player to play my yoga CD when I'm on the go and don't have my laptop. It's pink and looks like a giant tape recorder...it's hilarious.

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

    Shower caps, I can't ever have enough. And any good letterpress or stationary or note pads for doodles and designing on the go or while I'm on the phone at the hotel.

Scoop

"opulence has become insular" : read this poignant essay on the closing of yet another nyc hotel icon, the waldorf astoria, on surface mag.
it's the 1 we've been waiting for! ...with its thoughtful interiors and views that can't be beat, 1 hotel brooklyn bridge is being called one of the best new hotels of 2017.
FINALLY. Soho House heads to Brooklyn, this time with their signature restaurant Cecconi's, coming soon to Dumbo. And the best part? It's open to all.

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