THE SUMMER SEASON WITH GEORGE FRIEND

Summer is now upon us and to get you ready for the whole holiday experience, here’s what to pack and where to go.
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Luxe luggage >>

You can get a good case without spending thousands on Louis Vuitton. Here are a few I recommend…

RADEN
The A28 28-Inch Charging Wheeled Suitcase – Bluetooth technology meets super-strong construction for a sleek, smart suitcase. The perfect travel partner.
£199.98; shop.nordstrom.com

AWAY
The Carry-On – This lightweight carry-on from US travel site, Away, is a long-standing holiday essential. With a battery that charges your phone, 360 degree wheels and a hidden laundry bag, it’s got everything you could possibly need when on the move.
Order from US $225; awaytravel.com

TUMI

Tumi suitcase

Tumi Latitude International Carry-On – This stylish suitcase moves effortlessly in every direction, making moving your luggage around a breeze. If you want to add a unique touch to your luggage, Tumi offers a customisation service.
£595; uk.tumi.com

 

Best foot forward >>

Below is a loafer, a boat shoe and a trainer, to cover all summer events…

TODS

Tods City Gommino

City Gommino Moccasins in Suede – Luxe loafers for the summer months. The City Gommino Moccasins come in suede with hand stitching, a front tie and hot-stamped Tod’s monogram.
£320; store.tods.com

GIVENCHY
Retro Runner Panelled Trainers – Go retro this summer with Givenchy’s 
new white leather sneakers. They’re bold, fun and great designer travel essentials for casual days out.
£525; harveynichols.com

RUSSELL AND BROMLEY

Russell and Bromley

Sun-Sleek L Lace-Up Boat Shoe – An ideal boat shoe for exploring hidden shores abroad. An easy-to-wear slip-on is best partnered with stripes, skinny trousers and smart shorts.
£55; russellandbromley.co.uk

 

Top of the game >>

From plain colours, to bold designs, check these summer tees….

ACNE STUDIOS

Naivet Flower Optic White. Go all out with pastels and florals on the beach this summer with Acne Studios’ naivet flower optic crew neck t-shirt with short sleeves.
£130; acnestudios.com

COS
Bonded Cotton T-Shirt. Cos plain white round neck t-shirts are great for a clean, minimal and fresh holiday look.
£29; cosstores.com

KENT & CURWEN

Kent & Curwen

Slim-Fit Appliquéd Distressed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt. I discovered this brand through David Beckham. Kent & Curwen’s high quality tees are made from soft cotton-jersey and are great to travel in.
£60; mrporter.com

DSQUARED2

Aloha Hawaii T-Shirt Nothing says holiday attire like this Aloha Hawaii t-shirt from Flannels. With a classic crew neck and short sleeves, it’s a cool and comfortable addition to your summer suitcase.
£160; flannels.com

 

Beachwear buys >>

With so many options to choose from, men’s swimwear has become a bit of 
a fashion statement. Here are my top five choices…

NIKBEN
Flower Power – Make a statement on the beach with Nikben swim shorts. Available in a whole host of bright, bold and funky patterns, they’re a fun addition to your summer kit list.
£85; nikben.com

ORLEBAR BROWN

Orlebar Brown_swimshort

Setter – Orlebar Brown swim shorts will help you achieve the classic look this season – a more tailored approach to men’s beach and swimwear. They’re smart enough to take you from poolside to lunch, without looking under-dressed.
£145; orlebarbrown.com

M&S
Autograph Auto Stretch Swim Shorts – Relax, unwind and feel comfortable in these smart swim shorts by Autograph, M&S. They’re easy to wear and great value for a last minute holiday buy.
£25; marksandspencer.com

VILEBREQUIN
Aboriginal Turtle-print Swim Shorts – Vilebrequin swim shorts are perfect 
for summer pool parties. They’re a bit of fun with a good variety of colours and patterns – featuring the label’s iconic turtle motif with aboriginal-inspired design.
£185; selfridges.com

REISS

Reiss Flint swimshorts

Flint Striped Swim Shorts – Soft Pink – Reiss Flint swim shorts take you from beach to bar in effortless fashion. They’re an excellent fit and their sharp designs can take you from season to season in style.
£65; reiss.com

 

Final destination >>

Most of my summers nowadays are spent in family resorts. However, here I’ve recommended my two favourite hotels in Europe, one for the kids, the other 
for couples.

THE ST REGIS MARDAVALL MALLORCA RESORT

Family getaway –  The perfect balance between luxury and superb family facilities. Set on the southwest coast of the Balearic Island, this resort is close to the hubbub of Palma, but enjoys a tranquil location in the Tramuntana Mountains. Facilities include a state-of-the-art spa, four golf courses and a great kids club for the little ones.
stregismardavall.com

THE INTERCONTINENTAL CARLTON CANNES

Couple’s retreat – This is the finest hotel on ‘La Croisette’. It’s a personal favourite of mine for a luxurious getaway; bringing together pure grandeur and style only metres from the beach. It’s a glamorous and truly iconic hotel with fine dining, sea views and all the modern amenities you expect in this opulent location.
ihg.com/intercontinental


 

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