Travel Loot

Things We're Loving — Vol. 7

by Team Fathom

A bembien bag in its natural habitat. Photo by Lucy Laucht.

A number of amazing travel goods come across our desks each day — and that number multiplies quickly when you count all of the awesome things we encounter on Instagram and the worldwide web. Here are few of the items Team Fathom is lusting after, including a Tokyo-based literary journal and an easy way to transport yourself to New Orleans.


Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House


I'm a little obsessed with cookbooks these days, especially the ones that go so much deeper than "this is how you cook a chicken." Two friends, authors Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller, spent five months on an epic road trip across the Great White North. The end product is a book packed with more than a hundred Canadian recipes (who knew there were that many?) and personal stories. ($18) – Becky, assistant editor

Bembien Rose Bag

Rose bag. Photos courtesy of Bembien.

Bembien Rose Bag

It may not feel like spring in New York City, but that's not stopping me from thinking about the warm weather to come (and all the new clothes I want to buy). Top of my list: Bembien's handwoven rattan bag. Made by artisans around the world, 10% of proceeds from the circular bag go to Nest, a nonprofit committed to social and economic advancement of global artisans. ($185) – Berit, editor

SANS Bottle

Photo courtesy of SANS

The SANS Bottle

This new reusable bottle is so genius. It uses a vacuum pump mechanism to suck remaining air out of the bottle, keeping smoothies and juices fresh for much longer. Finally, I can bring juices with me on the road! ($30) – Kim, editorial assistant

Koinobori Travel Laundry Bag

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Koinobori Travel Laundry Bag

I already have one of these cute Japanese wind socks, but the poor thing gets no air hanging in the middle of my stuffy railroad apartment. The next time around, I’m getting one that doubles as a travel-friendly laundry bag. It's bound to see more action that way. ($28) – Daniel, editorial assistant

Hinoki Bath Bucket

A recent bathroom renovation got me thinking about the superior bathing rituals of the Japanese (of course). Maybe a small hinoki bath stool and bucket could turn my morning shower into a daily onsen ritual? The wood is prized for its antibacterial nature and fresh aroma. ($70) – Jeralyn, editorial director

Sam Edelman loafers

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Sam Edelman Loafers

On a recent trip to Havana, I made the fatal! stupid! amateur! mistake of packing uncomfortable shoes. Heels on old cobblestones: What was I thinking? I wish I had packed this adorable pair of flats instead. ($120) – Pavia, CEO

Cafe du Monde Beignet Mix

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Cáfe du Monde Beignet Mix

We recently started a new tradition in my house. When we have reason to celebrate, we make beignets. The powdered sugar-covered doughnuts are a favorite in New Orleans; I do my best to recreate the experience with the help of Cafe du Monde's beignet mix and chicory-flavored coffee. Paired with a frothy cafe au lait, the puffy squares are totally worth the time and mess. ($8) – Berit

Etui II

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Étui II Wallet

The Atelier YUL first started making bags for creatives to transport large-format documents like blueprints or artwork. They've since brought their clean aesthetic to smaller accessories. While I have no architectural plans to carry around, I do like the idea of a slim leather sleeve to hold my passport and travel documents. ($70) – Becky

Quay sunglasses

Quay Fleur Sunglasses

Wherever I go, I always have a pair of sunglasses on me, but I'm also constantly losing (or breaking) them, so I stopped dropping cash on fancy new pairs a long time ago. This time around, I'm adding a dash of Melbourne style to my visage with seriously cool and reasonably priced Australian brand Quay. I'm particularly digging the geometry of these rose-gold shades. I just hope I can pull them off. ($60) – Kim

Scratch map

Scratch World Map

Traveling has always been a joyous experience for me — an intangible gift that impacts who I am and how I perceive things. I'm in love with this map because it's a beautiful and elegant way to visualize where I've been and where I'm going next.  – Helena, editorial intern

Monkey Business Vol 7

Monkey Business Magazine

I just got my hands on the latest translated issue of Monkey Business, a contemporary Tokyo-based literary magazine showcasing some of the country's best emerging and established authors. Volume seven, which hasn't yet hit the online shop, includes stories of neighborhood drama, living with a bunny, and encountering a bodhisattva. Good thing the other six are still up for grabs. (From $10) – Daniel

Owen & Fred Shaving Kit

Photo courtesy of Spring.

Hey Handsome Shaving Kit Bag

My impossible-to-shop-for husband, who hates to see labels and logos on his things, has a birthday soon. This Brooklyn-made dopp kit by Owen & Fred is discreet (on the outside) and funny (if you know where to look for it). ($68) – Pavia 


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