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May 2011

Sophie Pendleton for Perlota


The designer of Perlota has a very gentle smile. And her jewels made from gold and cabochon express the same gentleness. Some of them are engraved and cut into words, messages and protective symbols. Inspired by oriental philosophies and numerous travels, the pretty Moroccan and Lebanese designer takes us on a journey from India to Nepal, with her artistic rings, exquisite necklaces and other precious trinkets. In February, she presented her latest collection in Paris. Whilst she was here, she packed us in her suitcase and took us on a journey to Singapore, the city that has been her base for the last ten years…


Are you a hand-carry, trunk, suitcase or no baggage person ?
I would love to be the kind of person who travels with no baggage at all but in reality I take a light wheelie bag, which I often pack in a rush! I always find it difficult to choose what I want to bring with me, especially if it’s for a long journey, or a trip that is four, five days or more

Is your suitcase very tidy or a bit of a jumble ?
It’s pretty tidy. I pack a few cotton drawstring bags, one for lingerie, one for stockings and another for belts. I put clothes that crease easily into dry-cleaning bags or fold them in tissue paper

What are the essentials for your suitcase ?
My toiletries, a light cashmere shawl, a book, my iPod, an adapter and my phone charger, a notebook and pencils, business cards if its a professional visit, a present if I’ve been invited to stay with friends. 
I arrange all my jewellery in a case with compartments or silk pockets. For fragile pieces, I use Perlota boxes. They’re little round boxes, which have been covered in fabric and decorated with a little mother of-pearl button

What essentials do you have in your wash-bag ?
Q-tips, eye make-up remover, moisturiser, electric toothbrush, a comb, shampoo and conditioner, and my little make-up bag


La Valise de Sophie Pendleton for Perlota

Clever tips

When planning a trip, I always have a quick look on the site www.mybestadressbook.com. I ask my friends for recommendations and consider the weather. I always try to personalise my suitcase, by putting a little recognisable object on the handle, ever since the day I found myself with someone else’s suitcase that was filled with nappies and powdered milk! Sometimes, I add a bundle of padlocks

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