LEADERS OF THE PACK: Indre Rockefeller & Andy Krantz of Paravel Share Their Best Travel Tips

Indre Rockefeller & Andy Krantz

Founders of Paravel

It’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there—or so the saying goes. We’re guessing Andy Krantz and Indre Rockefeller, founders of the luggage line Paravel, might agree. Combining their backgrounds in luxury fashion and business (Rockefeller, who worked at e-tailer Moda Operandi, is the creative force; Krantz, who worked in Finance and Operations at Delpozo, handles the business end), the two set out to change the way we travel. Their mission statement: “Build a brand that combines the look of luxury design with the resilience of road-warrior gear, all at an honest price.” Or, as Krantz simply puts it: “We pride ourselves on making things that are beautiful and practical.”

Add another adjective: inspired. Paravel specializes in ingenious, “Where has this been all my life?” designs. Take, for example, the lightweight Packing Cubes, which keep clothes folded and compressed inside your luggage, freeing up space for other essentials, or the have-it-both-ways Stowaway overnight bag, which folds completely flat for easy storage within a larger bag and expands into a sturdy carry-on for the trip home (perfect for those with penchant for flea markets, notes Rockefeller). The ultra-lightweight soft-sided Grand Tour Duffel, meanwhile, makes squeezing a bag into an overhead bin a cinch.

Though Paravel luggage may be the very model of efficiency, when it comes to the actual journey, Krantz suggests embracing a more go-with-the-flow attitude. “Technology has made it easier than ever for people to try to create the ‘perfect’ trip, reading endless reviews for everything from shops to restaurants to hotels,” he says. “But sometimes this pursuit of perfection leads people to miss the real point of travel, which is to gain new experiences and fresh perspectives. I always recommend embracing the spirit of adventure and chance. Use a paper map instead of an iPhone, stop and ask locals for directions, and pop into a restaurant or bar that catches your eye. Often, my best experiences on trips are the ones that were unplanned.”

INDRE & ANDY'S ALL-TIME BEST TRAVEL TIPS

Petra in Jordan. Source: National Geographic

One place every traveler should see?
Andy: Florence, Italy of course!  The tradition of artistry and craftsmanship is second to none, and the views of the Arno River at sunset are spectacular.

Most far-flung place you’ve ever visited?
Indre: Exploring the archeological sites of Petra, Jordan and cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa. 

Andy: The jungles of Peru or the beaches of the Maldives.

Favorite hotel?
Andy: The Caesar Augustus in Anacapri is incredibly beautiful, impeccably run, and still family-owned.  The views from the main terrace are spectacular, and the grounds are lushly landscaped with plenty of room for leisurely walks in the Mediterranean sun.

Favorite restaurant?
Andy: Latteria di San Marco in Milan is a tiny hole-in-the-wall run by several generations of a wonderful Milanese family.  The food is impeccable home cooked Italian, and it’s all served up by the family’s matriarch with a smile and a hug.

Great place to get a drink?
Andy: An Aperol Spritz on the terrace at Villa d’Este in Lake Como always makes me feel like time has stopped in its tracks.

Favorite museum?
Indre: Musée d’Orsay in Paris, not only for it’s world class collection of impressionist masterpieces, but also for the physical beauty of the main hall, a former Beaux-Arts railway station.    

Chicest shopping destination?
Andy: Carla Sersale runs two fabulous boutiques at Le Sirenuse in Positano, the charming cliffside hotel she and her family. Each item has been chosen with thought and care, and Carla’s love of color and print is evidenced in the beautiful textiles throughout the shop.

Best travel find?
Indre: Before I started designing luggage and travel accessories, I had a passion for scouring flea markets around the world for vintage luggage.  My favorite find is a train case from the 1940s that I bought at the Paris flea market. I had it restored in New York by a man who has been repairing luggage for 50 years.  He told me it was one of his favorite pieces he’s ever worked on. 

Nicest airport?
Andy: Zurich Aiport is impeccably clean and wonderfully quiet.

Next destination you’re dying to visit?
Indre: Jaipur, India

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