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CHRIS MILLINGTON: MY LIFE IN A SUITCASE

27.03.15

This season marks Reiss' very first collaboration with Steamline Luggage, and to celebrate the partnership, we asked menswear influencer, model and blogger Chris Millington to show us just how useful (as well as undeniably slick) the Gallivant wheeled black suitcase really is. Throughout SS15 Chris will be taking his monogrammed suitcase along with him on his summer travels. But, before he embarks upon a season in foreign climes we join him in his native Scotland as he shows us how to pack for travels ahead.

Chris wears the Leoni black leather jacket, the Pollock monochrome spot shirtthe Medway black twill trousers and the Matt black nubuck desert boots 

Chris travels with a personalised Reiss X Steamline Gallivant black wheeled suitcase

When I pack I usually start off with the basics.

I always start with underwear, toiletries, a laptop, a camera, charging devices and accessories. After that, I’ll start putting my trousers and denims in, creating a solid layer on the bottom of the case to place the rest of my clothes on top. Then I’ll continue with shirts, T-shirts and eventually outerwear. Depending on the trip, I may need two or three different types of footwear, so I’ll place them in alongside the accessories and other bits and bobs, so they don’t mark my other items.

I never really think about comfort when I travel, consciously.

However, I do often fly or travel long distance with my smart joggers, I love the Scandinavian hybrid aesthetic of sportswear and formalwear, it always looks sharp and definitely provides comfort.

 

I never forget to pack the simplest pieces; a plain T-shirt, a navy shirt and a black jacket are essentials.

These simple pieces can be mixed and matched with various looks, giving rise to a more varied selection of outfits. Pack efficiently, think of the things you wear most commonly in your day to day life.

I’d love to travel with Nick Wooster, he is always so, so sharp.

I just want to know how he travels the whole menswear circuit 365 days a year and I still haven’t seen a crease on his blazer. He’s a magician, that’s for sure.

My grooming regime doesn't differ too much when I'm travelling.

I don’t groom too much. Having a beard does make things slightly easier, although I do need to check in advance with my hotel if there’s a hairdryer in the room. I have lots of hair on my face, and it takes a while to dry without a dryer. I’ll pack a solid moisturiser, some good aftershave, a couple of hair products and a can of Old Spice deodorant.

I always pack a plain white tee, some hair products and a good pair of socks.

I can’t go anywhere without those little gems.

My favourite memory from travelling is probably riding in the back of a pickup truck through the hills in Koh-Phangan in Thailand.

I was standing in the back of the truck, holding on to the roof-bars. The views I saw were absolutely spectacular, I can’t even describe the feeling of seeing the sun go down over the ocean, through 100ft trees in the middle of a jungle. It was truly incredible.

How to sum up my style when travelling?

Fashionable yet functional.

I think the destination that I had the most fun in was L.A. 

The Downtown Arts District is absolutely booming at the moment. Commerce is increasing, retail opportunities are being created, massive numbers of independent designers, artists, photographers and creatives are all based out in the lofts in the Arts District. It’s just a brilliant creative environment and the weather also happens to be brilliant, all year round.

Throughout the season Chris will take his Reiss X Steamline luggage case with him as he travels, check back for more instalments. Follow Chris at @chrisjohnmillington Learn more about Chris' style at Forgetfashion.com