We debriefed TUMI creative director Victor Sanz on his whirlwind business trip through Madrid and Paris.
So, what brought you to Paris + Madrid?
TUMI store openings in both cities. They are two cities that always inspire me.
What was the best tip you got before you left? And where did you find it?
Come hungry to Madrid. My cousin gave me this advice — he planned some amazing meals for me when I arrived.
How did you get there?
Usually there is a constant juggling of trains, planes and automobiles, but for this trip it was relatively easy. A quick car ride from the design studio in Manhattan to JFK, with a stop at the lounge for a coffee and last-minute emails. Being based in NYC, I have great access to direct flights. I am always amazed at seeing the city from the air — it’s such a nice perspective.
Two days in Madrid, which included a stay at the futuristic Hotel Puerta America, a full day of press, a spectacular store opening event with some amazing individuals sharing travel stories, and an unforgettable dinner with my family enjoying tuna tartar being chilled with liquid nitrogen.
Three days in Paris, staying on the Champs-Elysees. We arrived early, which allowed time for me to take in a beautiful sunset at the Arc de Triomphe and do a bit of shopping (I love the Merci concept store). The following day, I spoke with individuals about art, food, design, and travel before heading off to our new store opening event on the Champs-Elysees and an evening of celebration. On my last day in Paris, I recharged by meeting a few friends for a traditional Parisian lunch, visiting Palais Galliera, and stopping by the Eiffel Tower.
What did you know by the last day that you wish you had known on the first?
Two days in Madrid and three days in Paris is not enough time.
This was especially great:
Seeing old friends and family that I hadn’t seen in a long time and feeling that not a day had passed.
But this wasn’t:
This was touristy and worth it:
The Eiffel Tower.
What’s the local specialty?
Escargot, paella, late-night stories at an outdoor café with a few beers.
Speed round of favorites:
In Madrid: Bibo by Dani Garcia.
In Paris: Escargot in a small café in front of the Palais Galliera in Paris with two friends that just happened to be in town at the same time I was.
2. Neighborhood to explore:
3. Thing you did:
TUMI store openings in both cities.
4. One place you didn't get to visit, but wanted to:
Cascajares – my father’s home town in Spain.
I made some new friends. And indulged in some late-night hip hop.
You can’t stop thinking about:
The Instagram moment:
Under the Eiffel Tower.
What's the #1 tip you'd give a friend who wanted to go?
Stay longer to enjoy everything these cities have to offer.
Would you go back?