Travel kick-started John Robshaw’s career years ago. The 53-year-old textile designer was working as a “sequin mule,” as he calls it, picking up spangles in Paris and dropping them in Mumbai to be incorporated into dresses. Since then, he’s built a business around luxe bedding crafted by artisans in India. He still travels far and wide, often with his wife, Rachel. A Christmas adventure last year took him to Istanbul and to Tbilisi in Georgia (“to revel in the decaying downtown before it becomes developed with ski resorts”). He’s been on safari in Kenya, hiking in Egypt, and to the “art island” of Naoshima in Japan. “I tend to stay in places for a full week to really get to know the city or town,” he says. “And to dig into all the nooks and crannies and hopefully find some vintage textiles, of course.”
What John Robshaw doesn’t leave home without:
- Malin + Goetz moisturizer. The owners are pals of mine, and they seem to know what they’re doing.
- My Moleskine journal is the perfect size. I love the paper for drawing on and the envelope in the back to stash assorted museum tickets and postcards.
- Muji colored pen sets in unique colors. They make a mini version that’s easy to bring along.
- Clarks desert boots are comfortable, look good with jeans, and wear incredibly well.
- A vintage batik sarong that can double as a blanket by the pool.
- A Master combo lock for my suitcase because it can be dangerous out there!
- My John Robshaw printed voile eye mask. I need a dark, freezing place to sleep.
- 1/8 Takamura’s hooded cotton jacket is the right weight for planes.
- A Matt Singer bag. He used to design for Jack Spade. We trade bags for sheets.
- The John Robshaw cotton travel robe folds up into nothing and comes with a bag to stuff it into.