January 25, 2013
I am on the most magnificent tour in Shenzhen, China. A Grand Tour, in fact. Not unlike the grand tours taken for centuries by affluent travelers in the past. They'd go on these extensive, opulent journeys around Europe and Asia, cultivating both experiences and knowledge. Today, a modern traveler has emerged: multi-national and cross-generational, mobile, social-media savvy, and jet-setting. Which means the accommodations must be up to speed. With first-class hotels the world over, St. Regis is uniquely positioned to satisfy the needs of this new breed. Offering bespoke contemporary luxury, their perspective is distinctly their own.
I was given an opportunity to take such a tour, and, of course, jumped at the chance. My travel companion is the chic Grand Tourista bag designed by St. Regis brand-connoisseur Jason Wu. I have to admit, I was very surprised at how beautifully crafted the bag is, as most bags by hotels or similar brands are made just for marketing purposes. But this one has been thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed, not to mention made in Florence. I can vouch for its Hermès-level quality. Plus, it fits everything from my MacBook to my iPad Mini, Kindle, makeup bag, multiple wallets, and so on, and it sits perfectly on top of my roller-board and luggage.
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If you're like most of my friends and cannot wait for anything, let alone a contest, buy the Grand Tourista bag here! You will never travel again without it.
What's in my Grand Tourista bag?! From top left: MacBook Pro, Tina Craig python makeup bag, Prada sunnies, Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge, Airborne, Light Expert by Terry, Hermès Kelly Longue wallet in violet, iPad Mini, white Kindle in a Valextra case, Lady Gaga headphones, Hermè passport/travel wallet and passport.
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