We live in a digital world, where the answer to every question is just a few clicks away. This digitization can be a great thing because it gives people the opportunity to learn about… well anything. But, not every question has a tangible answer. In order to find true authenticity and inspiration you have to experience it firsthand. Don’t just take my word for it though. Try asking Siri what it feels like to stand at the base of Yosemite Falls and watch as a rainbow forms through the mist.
“Traveling keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired, keeps me in the world, keeps me aware.”
It is this desire… this longing to find authenticity and personal discovery that inspires our very own head designer, Jonathan Liberty, to travel. When asked about his travels, he said, “Traveling keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired, keeps me in the world, keeps me aware.” We were able to track him down in between trips to Mexico and China to ask some questions about his travels and inspirations.
Q: Favorite place to travel for work?
A: My favorite place to travel for work is definitely Paris. Actually it’s split between Paris and Tokyo, but probably Paris. Not only do I find it one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but just the way people dress, the way they really still pay attention to putting themselves together – it’s as inspirational to walk down the street there as it is to go inspiration shopping, without a doubt. Tokyo on the other hand – similar except much more eccentric in terms of its styling and street style. And in both cities, of course, I love the food.
Q: What bags do you travel with?
A: Lately, I’ve been carrying an Expedition Duffle. The reason why I’m carrying it [is because it] works both as my carry-on bag to fit all my stuff and I use it as my work bag when I’m on my trip. My laptop fits in there, all my files fit in there, etc. It doubles which is a good thing.
Q: What sort of things do you look for in a bag when you travel?
A: Great interior organization is probably the most important thing for me. Obviously quality. I’m really hard on my stuff which I thinks helps me be a good wear-tester just because I overload my bags, I’ve had people pick up my bag and be like, “What the hell do you have in here?” But I could have 75 buckles that I’m carrying to some factory, a skin of leather with my laptop, and it shows.
Q: What are your bag essentials when you travel?
A: Leather pouches. I use our former leather envelopes in three sizes: one for all my cords, one as a pencil case, and one for miscellaneous things. I try to keep the miscellaneous one empty because what I do with that is when I go through security at the airport I have an empty pouch that I can put everything in my pockets into. My phone, my wallet, my money. I wear the same jeans everyday so I have very specific things and I hate just whipping them into my bag so I keep that extra pouch for that purpose.
Q: Favorite detail in a bag that you travel with?
A: The Expedition Duffle has this exterior gusset pocket. I put that zipper pocket on the production Duffles because, like I said, I carry that miscellaneous pouch – that zipper pocket is meant to be that empty pouch. Because that is a travel bag, it’s for that person who wants to do the same thing except they don’t need an extra pouch though; they can just do it right in their bag in that exterior pocket.
When asked about Jonathan, Will replied, “I’m inspired by Jon’s voice, his commitment to the work, and his dedication to his family. He reminds me of myself at that age.” Thanks for the continued inspiration Jonathan.
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