Return to Capri with Jonathan Adler

Jonathan-Adler

Jonathan Adler escapes to the idyllic island that’s become his go-to getaway.

By Michelle F. Solomon

If you’ve visited Capri a thousand times, in-demand designer, potter, and author Jonathan Adler will make you see the Italian island in a whole different way. “Whenever I think about travelling anywhere else on vacation, I always think, ‘I could be in Italy. And if I could be in Italy, I could be in Capri.’ “ The island, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is idyllic, and the allure that draws Adler to it annually is what he says is a “1960s jet-set spirit that’s alive in all of its colorful glamour.” With abodes in Manhattan, Shelter Island in the Hamptons, and Palm Beach, Adler says Capri is a can’t-miss “annual sojourn” for him and husband, Simon Doonan — creative ambassador-at-large for Barney’s.

Capri
Capri

On their most recent trip, the couple was joined by fashion designer Trina Turk and her husband, photographer Jonathan Skow. The five-star Hotel La Scalinatella provided the home base for the crew. “There’s nothing like a sundrenched hike (Adler calls the hiking in Capri ‘rad’), followed by a dive in the Scalinatella’s chilled pool. It’s so refreshing — it’s like cold lemonade for your soul.” In fact, Adler created a range of furniture — coffee and dining tables — called Scalinatella, crafted from brass with marble tops.

Hotel La Scalinatella
Hotel La Scalinatella

He’s not sure why he picked Capri when queried about how he chose the Naples coastal town as a recurring travel destination. “I can’t remember — maybe Capri chose me.”

Adler also suggests nature holidays. “The older I get, the less I want to go to cities.” Tokyo, he says, is the exception because of its “futuristic magic.” He also suggests the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur and the Amangiri in Utah.

So when packing up to jet off to the jetsetter’s hideaway or anywhere else, what are Adler’s must-have’s?

 “I have the musical taste of a 13-year-old girl. Whatever’s the No. 1 song on the radio is my favorite song, and whatever is the No. 2 song is my second favorite.”

“I have the musical taste of a 13-year-old girl. Whatever’s the No. 1 song on the radio is my favorite song, and whatever is the No. 2 song is my second favorite.”
 “ I always have a Kindle stocked with beaucoup titles, including the entire oeuvre of my hubby Simon. He’s a brilliant writer and hilarious. If you don’t laugh while you read his books, you’re incapable of laughing.”

“ I always have a Kindle stocked with beaucoup titles, including the entire oeuvre of my hubby Simon. He’s a brilliant writer and hilarious. If you don’t laugh while you read his books, you’re incapable of laughing.”
 “Footwear is red, white, and blue Rivera slip-ons. If it’s a winter destination, it’s a pair of chunky-soled brogues from Trickers that I buy at Grahame Fowler’s jewel-box of a store in the West Village.”

“Footwear is red, white, and blue Rivera slip-ons. If it’s a winter destination, it’s a pair of chunky-soled brogues from Trickers that I buy at Grahame Fowler’s jewel-box of a store in the West Village.”
 “Swimming in Capri brings out a Mr. Turk swimsuit. You should always have a little bit of Palm Springs in your summer, wherever you are.”

“Swimming in Capri brings out a Mr. Turk swimsuit. You should always have a little bit of Palm Springs in your summer, wherever you are.”
 “I’ve been wearing Lacoste polos my whole life, so I’m not going to stop anytime soon.”

“I’ve been wearing Lacoste polos my whole life, so I’m not going to stop anytime soon.”
 “I live for paddleboarding. I have a few boards from Laird Hamilton that I like.”

“I live for paddleboarding. I have a few boards from Laird Hamilton that I like.”
 L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag and Tumi Jonathan Adler Vapor, both carry-ons: “I’m strictly a carry-on traveler. The tote gets shoved under the seat, and the hardsided bag from the Tumi collaboration — it’s been around the world with me. I love it.”

L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag and Tumi Jonathan Adler Vapor, both carry-ons: “I’m strictly a carry-on traveler. The tote gets shoved under the seat, and the hardsided bag from the Tumi collaboration — it’s been around the world with me. I love it.”
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