Reading about packing is almost as horrible as the packing itself. However, it is superfun hearing about where chic designers and hotel curators are traveling and what is in their bags. I will leave the heavy lifting to you. In the meantime, while you procrastinate, enjoy seeing Collectista tastemakers pack it up.


Fine Jewelry and Lingerie Designer, LFrank Designs


Portrait by Frank Terry.

Jewelry artist Liseanne Frankfurt of LFrank designs in Venice, California, works primarily in gold and stones to create a chic but understated look. LFrank constantly introduces new inventory. Her customer is the sophisticated-but-low-key woman who loves buying jewelry that isn’t “coming and going” everywhere. Liseanne also now designs beautiful lingerie and has a fabulous new space on Main Street.

226 Main Street
Venice, California

Where are you going?
Palm Springs with my daughter and her friends—boys are going on an East Coast college tour.

What can’t you travel without?
A Gregory Parkinson caftan; I Pezzi Dipinti in linen for warmer climates, and cashmere for chilly; MV Hand Rescue; a great book; the Asteria dressing gown from my new lingerie collection; and my guardian angel pendant.

What is your favorite luggage?
Filson in dark brown.


Hotel Curator, Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

ellen picataggio farmers daughter hotel collage

Ellen is the proprietor and curator of the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in Los Angeles. A hidden gem right by the Los Angeles Farmers Market, this family-owned boutique hotel is a perfect destination for travelers who appreciate an artisan experience. Ellen is an art collector and supporter of the visual arts. She has personally curated the design and unique art in each guest space. She oversees every intricate and cool detail, right down to exactly how much lavender scent one should notice as you enter your room.

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
115 South Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles


Where are you going?
Two nights in Rome, Sorrento home swap, Sicily to visit Pete’s family, and finish with 10 days in Venice.

What can’t you travel without?
My Kim White fanny pack (I have them in three colors), made by my friend and local designer. It has a timeless rock-and-roll edge that is very handy to use while sightseeing. Next, my cashmere scarf by Suss—its open weave and large size make it perfect for any season and it’s large enough to use as a shawl over my summer dresses. The open weave also gives it a unique look rather than carrying the same old pashmina, which is a little too common now. And my iPad Air: It has my movies, books, work, kids’ study apps—basically my whole life!

What is your favorite luggage?
Mandarina Duck. We bought two in Florence on our last trip to Italy—we couldn’t fit all our souvenirs and shopping in our heavy Hartmann luggage. They are hard shell but amazingly light and have wheels! A bit banged up now. It may need a punk rock sticker to make the scratches more worthwhile.


Exotic Skin Bags and Accessories Designer

Elisabeth is a former interior designer who started her namesake line with her four-foot-high exotic-skin jewelry armoires for Hollywood’s elite. After initially selling her cases at Maxfield, she built out her own edgy-meets-glamorous space in March 2013. Her unique goods include snakeskin Tokyo cross-body bags that are perfect for travel and art fairs, anaconda Qatar clutches, tabletop goodies, and anaconda footballs and boxing gloves.

8159 West Third Street
Los Angeles


Where are you going?

What can’t you travel without?
There are two—sorry, but I can never travel without my travel valet and Dopp kits (yes, I take two with me—I know, I’m nuts).

What is your favorite luggage?
My Antibe duffel bag.

Xx Lottie Dottie