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.”

Textile designer John Robshaw
John Robshaw in his studio. (Ball & Albanese)

What John Robshaw doesn’t leave home without:

Malin + Goetz Face Moisturizer

  • 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 set

Clarks desert boots

  • 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!

John Robshaw Printed Voile Eye Mask