SUITCASE Partnership | NOEIZO
Just because "business" is listed as the reason for entry on your arrival card, it doesn't mean you can't get in a little downtime while you're in town. "Bleisure" is very much a thing, and something that savvy travellers are getting on board with for 2019.
Ask any fast-paced globetrotter and they'll tell you that a smooth trip begins and ends with your luggage. That's why we've teamed up with premium travel specialists NOEIZO to help you pack smart - be it via their chic backpack or sophisticated carry-on - and then plan smart.
Depending on the city and duration of your stay, you can always find a way to work and play. Whether that means choosing a hotel based on its central location, using jet-lagged hours to explore before your morning meeting or booking a client lunch at that bistro you've been wanting to try, it's about being clever with your choices.
With the spotlight on Paris, Milan and Hong Kong as three of our most-visited business destinations, we've curated both your packing and planning so you can go from conference to cocktails in style.
Day Trip: Milan
What to Pack:
Sapphire Backpack, £300 (Midnight Black)
Italy's media, fashion, finance and design industries are all focused in Milan; it's a city for getting down to business. With only one day in town, military-standard organisation is key.
Save time at check-in by opting for a premium NOEIZO backpack as your carry on. It doubles up as a tote bag, with a unique "Strapfix" mechanism to avoid the straps moving when not carried on your shoulders, ensuring you look stylish as you make tracks to the lounge. Functional but suitably chic, the Sapphire backpack will fit all your essentials - a laptop measuring up to 13 inches, an art guide to brush up on your da Vinci knowledge while dashing between meetings and two internal mesh pockets for your luxurious NOEIZO Alcantara travel cases.
Meeting done and dusted, make tracks for Fondazione Prada, conveniently locatedless than 20 minutes by car to Milan Linate Airport. At this rate, you may even have time to stop at neighbouring Wes Anderson-designed Bar Luce for a pre-flight marocchino.
EAT: Via Carlo e Camilla and Dry Milano DRINK: Bar Basso DO: Fondazione Prada SHOP: Marchesi and 10 Corso Como
Overnight Trip: Paris
What to Pack:
Clear Top Alcantara Travel Case Large in Caramel, £49
Something of a literary legacy, make sure you peruse more than just spreadsheets while in Paris. With big-name boutiques, storied cafés and unparalleled art, no matter how stressful your day, it's difficult not to be swept up in the romance of the capital.
Start early to build in some free time after a day of meetings. Travelling by train will also mean that excess baggage is not an issue - but if it were, this NOEIZO premium backpack (complete with multiple hidden and secure back pockets as well as a useful slim side pocket for easy access) would be enough to keep you going.
Packing woes vanished (the backpack is compatible with NOEIZO travel cases), Paris' gastro treasures await. From Tel Avian transplant Miznon to fashion designer Simon Jacquemus's first food foray, Citron, let's hope there's scope to expense at least one meal while in town.
STAY: Hotel Lutetia EAT: Les Papilles and Citron DRINK: Le Montana DO: Musée Rodin SHOP: Astier de Villatte
Week-Long Trip: Hong Kong
What to Pack:
Platinum On Board Trolley 21″, £410
The transit hub of Asia, Hong Kong is accustomed to short-haul travellers, but if you can tack on a few days of leisure time you'll be all the more smug for it. Hurl your business attire to the bottom of your suitcase and place your leisurewear at the top. You'd be wise to use the Alcantara Travel Case (also fully compatible with NOEIZO backpacks) to organise your leisure kit, leaving you flexible for a day of exploring.
Towering skyscrapers and second-to-none dim sum are the city's main currency. While walk-in only restaurants won't work for your client lunch, when you're on your own time head to Yardbird in Sheung Wan and join a snaking queue for chicken, served yakitori style.
One restaurant which is sure to please business partners (and give you an arty edge over competitors) is Duddell's. Here, executive chef Siu Hin-Chi serves a contemporary spin on traditional Cantonese in design-led surrounds. That being said, a stay at Upper House means a meal at ultra-popular Café Gray is inevitable, as is a trip to the super mall (trust us, it's actually cool) that is Pacific Place.
Mini Guide: Hong Kong
STAY: Upper House EAT: Duddell's, Yardbird and Aqua DRINK: Ophelia DO: Explore Tai Hang SHOP: Pacific Place
Launched in 2019, NOEIZO is a premium brand dedicated to business travellers. Designed to accompany you around the world on every step of your trip, NOEIZO has mastered the art of travel through functional and well-designed solutions that answer all your bleisure needs.
Quality materials are the core of the brand. Cases are made from 100% Alcantara fibre while backpacks are made of durable textiles sourced from Korea and the US and finished with Swedish premium leather. Larger luggage pieces are constructed out of superior-grade aluminium.
Based in Belgium, NOEIZO offers the ultimate combination of business travel functionality, high-quality materials and Belgian-Italian design.
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