American Treasure with Michael Bastian

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Michael Bastian’s style travels with him.

It’s been 10 years since Michael Bastian started his own brand, a line he became inspired to create while he was men’s fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman. His menswear was recently described by GQ as “sexy, classic American with European-inflected fits and fabrics.” While it’s designed in New York, its Euro-flair comes from its made-in-Italy status.

Bastian’s Spring/Summer 2015 line celebrates the Arizona desert — yet his wanderlust has him dreaming of a pleasure trip to the Amangiri resort, a luxury retreat set on 600 acres in Southern Utah. “I love visiting the desert southwest and this place seems so peaceful and remote.”

He confides that a friend was talking about the resort at a dinner party and “the whole place stopped dead — it just sounds incredible.” A global traveler, it’s safe to say that it’s Utah he’s set his sights on for a trip that he says would be for “pure pleasure.” So what are the must-haves Bastian packs in his travel bag?

american-treasure-2american-treasure-3“I’m having an L.A. moment right now. I’m listening to a lot of Miguel and Lola Wolf.”

american-treasure-4“I have a big canvas tote bag that’s my carry on. I bought it at the Paris Hérmes in the early 2000s. The style has been discontinued, so mine is pretty beat up — but I like it that way.” Vintage Hérmes Sac de Voyage Canvas and Leather Bag.

american-treasure-7“For fragrance I only wear Dior Eau Sauvage when it’s hot and Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum in colder months.”

american-treasure-8“Right now I’m reading 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin.” It’s a good book for polishing up your leadership skills and conquering needless anxiety.

american-treasure-5“It’s important to keep your keys, coins, watch and other stuff that’s in your pocket in one place in the hotel room — it’s the first thing I do when I get into a room and it keeps me slightly organized.” Hérmes felt tray.

american-treasure-6“If I’m going away for more than a week, I squeeze a yoga mat in my luggage, mainly so I can do sit ups in the hotel room.” The Mat by LULULEMON.

american-treasure-11“I never go anywhere without packing a good pair of jeans, a blue and white striped button-down shirt, and a navy cashmere crewneck sweater. Workhorses of a wardrobe, they can be dressed up or down and always look good.” MICHAEL BASTIAN COLLECTION.

american-treasure-9“I think it’s impossible to program hotel alarm clocks and I don’t like wake-up calls, so this perfectly designed clock goes with me everywhere.” CASIO Travel Alarm Clock.

american-treasure-10“A must for long flights.” Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones.

american-treasure-12“Tough, well made, and good looking… I travel a lot and it’s the one bag that can keep up with me.” Rolling Thunder 30-inch Bag by North Face.

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