Founded in 2016 by Indré Rockefeller and Andy Krantz – two fashion executives who met while working for Spanish label Delpozo – Paravel was conceived as a collection of aesthetically pleasing but functional travel bags, built to withstand the overhead airplane locker, the beaten path and everything in between.
Materials and silhouettes are reminiscent of Hermès or Smythson, using cotton canvas or linen canvas from luxury Italian mills, and leathers sourced from Tuscan tanneries. Each bag is handstitched in a Florentine atelier before being treated to repel liquids and stains and withstand general wear and tear.
Sizes vary to include large Grand Tour bags (from $365) for longer trips, the bijou and bestselling Stowaway (from $325), which folds flat for storage, and Crossbody Capsules (from $265) – chic little shoulder bags for nipping around town. Each is available in several hues with contrasting tan, black, blue or red leather trims.
Smaller purses such as the rectangular Doubletake (from $195) and carryalls such as the Evertote (from $185) with its matching pouch are elegant and practical, and each has a discreet compartment that keeps phones and wallets in place.
Many of the bags can be customised (adding three to four weeks to delivery times) with handpainted emojis or monograms in 10 colour options, or appliquéd monograms in four colour choices.
It’s clear from a spin through Paravel’s e-shop – which also includes space-saving, three-part Packing Cubes ($55) and Memory Foam Laptop Sleeves ($35) – that everything has been thoughtfully designed by people who frequently travel; pockets are plentiful, handles are durable and each bag is lightweight.