Five Miles Up with … Rebecca Minkoff

Bekah Wright
five miles up

They say blood, sweat and tears go into works of art. The same holds true for masterpieces created for the fashion industry’s runway. Speaking of runways, designer Rebecca Minkoff is constantly taking off from those at airports, scouring the globe for inspiration for her upcoming lines. Where you’ll find her? Sweating it out on the beaches of Turkey, standing in a puddle of tears in Milano Centrale, heeding her bloodhound senses while seeking out street trends in Hong Kong and, perhaps soon, reaching new frontiers in space.

What’s something you never fail to pack in your suitcase?
My phone; can’t go anywhere without it. I love sharing pictures with my Instagram followers of my travels.

Carry-on or check-in?
Carry-on when possible. It makes it easier to get to your final destination.

Window or aisle?

What’s your idea of the perfect vacation?
My ideal vacation would definitely involve one basic thing -- lying on a beach. You should know that I have, in my husband’s words, a “pathological addiction to the sun.” I love soaking up as much sun as I possibly can with good company, like my husband and friends.

Tell us about a vacation you’ve taken that’s come close thus far.
I went to Turkey three years ago with my husband and a group of our friends. It was amazing.

What’s the worst mishap you’ve experienced while traveling?
Not the worst vacation by any means, but a couple of years ago, I was in Milan with one of my best friends. Let me say that vintage shopping is always worth a risk to me. Italian fashion, like the wine, only gets better with age, so I take advantage of every moment to feast my eyes on la moda vintage. Four suitcases of treasures later, my bestie and I missed our train from Milan to Bologna. We considered sleeping in the station and found a dark, damp corner, probably wet from the tears of those who missed their trains before us...

I learned an important lesson that night: never bribe a sleepy cab driver. Clearly he was not prepared for the journey, which explains why he fell asleep at the wheel. Three hundred Euros and three hours later, we barely arrived in one piece. But don’t worry -- all handcrafted bags and one-of-a-kind jackets were safe and sound. Italy, I love you---but your amazing shopping almost cost me my life!

Any favorite shopping haunts found on your travels?
One particularly good find in Hong Kong was a store called Kitterick, home to the uber-fashionable street trends to trick out your wardrobe. Head downstairs if you’re really in the mood to shop. Like most good things, it takes a dig, but when you come up for air, you’ve found a remarkable piece to pop your wardrobe for seasons to come.

Favorite resort where you've stayed?
I just went to The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas. I had an amazing time and highly recommend it -- great rooms with amazing views.

Favorite restaurant you’ve discovered while traveling.
I’m a foodie, so I can’t pick just one. My favorite ‘hood in Paris is Le Marais; they have so many great restaurants there -- Le 3, Pain Vin Fromage, Monjul, Les Arts et Métiers… I could go on!

Biggest regret you've ever had while on vacation.
I was pregnant when I went to Costa Rica with my husband a couple of years ago, so I couldn’t partake in the zipline tours of the rain forest. Next time for sure.

The one thing you're willing to splurge on above all else
A great vintage find, always!

Three artists on your travel playlist?
It changes constantly, but for summer, I’d say Best Coast, Vampire Weekend, and Lana Del Rey.

Where would you take someone visiting your hometown for the first time?
I call New York home now, so I’d say I’d take them for a brunch at The Smile in NoHo (one of my favorite spots), followed by a walk down the city’s cobblestone streets so they can get an idea for the sense of romance New York has to offer.

You only get one more trip in your lifetime. Where will it be?
My latest collection for fall was inspired by (outer) space. I think I’d like to go there. Why not!