She travels for fashion shows, shoots, events, creative collaborations and meetings, so is somewhat of an expert. Editor-in-Chief of Self Service magazine, Claire Thomson-Jonville, passes on her tips to Smythson Travel for getting quality alone time on the plane, the superlative Parisian essentials and how to behave like a local in her home city.

On jet lag…

The only thing that cures my jet lag is An Iyashi Dome session and 90 minutes of Bikram yoga. Through experience, you tune into what works for you.170518.JMK.SMYTH.1229

On focusing in transit…

Bose noise cancelling headphones are my number one dependable travel item. They mean that I can focus on whatever I’m doing without outside distractions, and I like getting some peace and quiet on the plane. I usually listen to meditation music. 

On organisation…

I couldn’t travel without Smythson’s navy crocodile print A4 zip folder, which keeps all my documents organised for meetings. Also, the navy Mara Double Zip Travel Wallet – super functional and chic.

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“Crème de la Mer moisturiser and Tata Harper Detoxifying Cleanser keep my skin clear and glowy.”

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On luxury…

For the ultimate luxury, I travel with a cashmere blanket. I usually take one of my baby’s so that I feel close to my children when I’m away.

On the best hotels…

I always love The Mercer in New York or Claridge’s in London. They would also be my number one place to have a drink.170518.JMK.SMYTH.106On eating like a local…

I do love drinking a glass of red wine at a hotel bar or on a terrasse in Saint Germain des Près, which makes me feel I’m back home. To relax, I got to Parc Monceau. It’s my local park, it’s pretty and calming, and they have pony rides for my daughter. For a good, cheap meal I’d go to L’entrecote and have the steak frites: a fixed menu, you can’t go wrong. For people visiting the city, I’d tell them to take a walk and get lost, and to avoid dodgy crepes.

 

“My one thing to do in London? Eat fish and chips at Browns. If money, time and location were no object, I’d probably opt to eat in an amazing Japanese restaurant every day like Kinguawa Mont Thabor in Paris: I love healthy, clean food.”

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On the necessary miniatures for the plane…

Bioderma Demaquillant: I need perfectly clean skin when I travel. This is super-efficient. Avene mini facial mist: it’s calming, hydrating, and refreshing. I love spraying it constantly during a flight. RMS Face Oil: it’s food for the skin. Lavender essential oil: it helps me relax and sleep on long flights.170518.JMK.SMYTH.546 On her essential travel items…

A skinny leather jacket by Saint Laurent; throw it on over a t-shirt or cashmere sweater and you’re ready to go. It’s my uniform. A.P.C Butler Jeans, because they go with everything. Perfect fit. Perfect wash. They suit every mood. Charvet men’s shirt for everyday easy chic. Saint Laurent black open-toe strappy heels. My Pallas made-to-measure suit: it’s so versatile and well cut, I don’t have to think about what to wear. The Smythson Burlington Washbag for all my beauty products. A splash of Frederic Malle fragrance to lift me in the middle of the day. I’d put all of that into the Smythson Burlington 24-Hour Bag: it’s useful for quick trips, chic, discreet, functional and holds all the essentials.

Photography: Joss McKinley


About This Series

The One: The definitive guide to the one thing that you must do in a city, take on your journey, or wear when you get there: from the best sashimi restaurant in Osaka, to the perfect travel-sized moisturiser; that one dress that never creases, to the place for late-night paella in Madrid. Take advice from the people who’ve seen it all, and never find yourself stuck queuing for a tourist trap again.

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