Portrait by Olivier Koning

Portrait by Olivier Koning

I’ve always loved the entire process of traveling, which, for me, really starts the moment my ticket is bought. It could be months before my actual trip, but just knowing I’m going somewhere is enough to put a smile on my face. Yes, I know the airport is a hassle, and I keep reading more and more about absurd passenger and flight attendant behavior. But it still doesn’t deter me from traveling. Even as a child, I used to pack my bags well in advance (okay, that I don’t do anymore for obvious reasons to those who know me) and cross the dates off of my calendar. Whether it was a 3-hour road trip to Austin or 17-hour flight to Asia, I always looked forward to the journey ahead. And seeing my now 6-year-old daughter demonstrate the exact same kind of behavior toward travel is, admittedly, extremely satisfying.

In this issue of HILuxury, we talk to a few well-traveled personalities who have accumulated their fair share of frequent flier miles as of late. Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota hopped over to Honolulu over the summer to spend time with the family, as well as sit down with HILuxury before game season. Don Chapman chats with Mariota for “Power Player” on page 100. Meanwhile, another former Honolulu native made a stop over in O‘ahu before her own season starts—in Lauren Kiefer’s case, it’s Paris Fashion Week. As Bergdorf Goodman’s VP/ Divisional Merchandise Manager of Couture, Modernist Collections, Kiefer spends almost as much time in Europe as she does in her adopted hometown of New York City. Read how speaking Italian landed her on the front rows of some of the world’s top runways in “The New Yorker" on page 108.

And speaking of France, HILuxury former editor turned Parisienne Catherine Caldwell gives us the grand tour of The City of Light through her eyes. From the restoration of The Ritz Paris to hole-in-the-wall wine bistro Juveniles, Caldwell gives us the lowdown on the ins and outs of the culture-rich capital. Get the details in “C’est Si Bon!” on page 130.

We then take a look at one of Italy’s top golf courses. As writer Paula Felps reports, there’s more than just wine in Tuscany. Pay Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club a visit, and you’ll understand exactly what she means. Read “Golfing Italian” on page 84 to learn more.

Also in this issue, Yu Shing Ting takes us on a global fashion tour—one country at a time. In “Wear & Where" (page 116), she shows you how to look the part at your next destination.

We hope this issue tempts you to go ahead and take a journey of your own.

Enjoy!
Margie