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August 10 2019
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Carry

Wm. J. Mills & Co. Bag


The Mills family have been crafting sails out of their workshop on Long Island’s North Fork since 1880. But they also use their indestructible canvas to create what a prominent contingent of those of us at AIR MAIL consider the most shipshape, built-for-anything bags, such as this model, the Classic Jitney Cargo, perfect for carrying provisions back from the green market, as chic baby bag, or simply as your solve-everything carry-on. Because the bags are canvas, they expand, thus allowing you to cram in those inevitable last-minute items. And the zipper top not only pulls the bag tight; it also keeps that Iberian ham you might be smuggling from rolling out. ($179, millscanvas.com)

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The Métier Toiletries Bag


August has arrived, and if the gods are smiling, you’re out of the office until further notice. (Or at the very least, working remotely.) Guys have been investing in Dopp kits since the dawn of time, and, accordingly, purveyors have flooded the market with attractive options. But female-friendly travel kits have been unforgivably neglected. Thankfully, Métier London founder Melissa Morris specializes in solutions to such problems. The collection is fully stocked with immensely covetable totes, shoulder bags, and carry-ons, but the Many Day Toiletries Pouch should be your first order of business. Part of a collection created for Le Sirenuse hotel, it’s crafted from military canvas, trimmed in leather, and lined with water-resistant Italian linen. Best of all, it’s sturdy and spacious enough to house a full battery of the personal-care products that you’re toting around the world, all month long. ($625, us.metierlondon.com)

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A Re-Imagined Rolex


Before bragging about your Rolex collection, stop right there. Despite your best efforts, you have not successfully snagged an easy, breezy, 100-percent-customized version of just about the most stylish wrist candy ever made. (We’re talking specifically of watches for women.) La Californienne is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Courtney Ormond and Leszek Garwacki, who restore and re-imagine vintage Rolex and Cartier watches from the 60s and 70s, drawing inspiration from California sunsets. It’s borderline impossible to choose a favorite, but at this particular moment, it’s this handsome Datejust in the perfect shade of teal. ($9,387, brownsfashion.com)

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Mary Katrantzou Dress


Sundress season is on the wane, but the sunset dress is another story entirely. Mary Katrantzou’s digital prints are the stuff of legend, and this frock’s stretch-cotton poplin, designed to resemble a rippled view of dusk, is AIR MAIL’s recent favorite. Smartly tailored in Italy and finished with a crisp collar and belt, it will look right at home in workspaces of all persuasions. ($1,650, net-a-porter.com)

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Pantherella Socks


Right now, in these broiling, cauldron-hot days of August, just about the last thing on any man’s mind (and body) should be socks. We get it. But we’ll just say this—before you know it, you’ll be back at work, and a morning will come when you realize your sock drawer needs an urgent re-fresh for fall. That’s where England’s Pantherella comes in. Now run by its fifth generation, it makes socks in fabrics that range from cashmere to Chinese silk. Your feet will thank you. As will your shoes. ($20–$60, pantherella.com)

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Chanel


Are you high?” is never the desired reaction when your significant other discovers the price of your new shoes. But all will be forgiven if the offending purchase consists of Chanel’s two-tone slingbacks. When Mademoiselle Chanel dreamed up this style in 1957, she described it as “the height of elegance.” Despite intervening decades of so-called innovation, AIR MAIL has been hard-pressed to find more leg-elongating, lumbar-friendly everyday heels, with style to spare. (Believe us—at these prices, we’ve tried.) This denim version from their Fall-Winter Pre-Collection was released mere moments ago, and while the shoes were designed with chillier temperatures in mind, they’ll ease the transition to post-vacation mode. ($875, chanel.com)

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Christophe Robin


Whenever your AIR MAIL style correspondent collapses into the chair of her coiffeur, lamenting the destructive effects of seawater and chlorine, Mr. Tommy Buckett coolly replies, “Are you using the mask like I told you to?” (Gah! We ran out!) The super-stylist to the A-list (Elisabeth Moss, Amber Heard, etc.) knows his products, and Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil is always in his arsenal. It vows—in a charming translation of the French—to provide “sumptuous hair, smoothed, protected,” and mercifully delivers. Given that it’s August, best to order a few jars. ($71, christopherobin.com)

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