The art of travel: Charlotte Olympia Dellal

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The art of travel: Charlotte Olympia Dellal
The founder of Charlotte Olympia shares about her travel essentials, favourite hotels, and the best vintage shops in the world

What's keeping you busy these days?

I just got back from an East Coast tour of the States where I hosted two events in my New York and Miami stores. I also co-hosted an intimate dinner in New York with my cousin Harley Viera-Newton. I have also just finished designing my Pre-Fall 16 collection and am working on my Fall 16 collection. On my days off, I enjoy spending time with my family; my three boys definitely keep me busy! 

As a judge for the 'Best Dressed Hotel' category in the 2015 Smith Hotel Awards, could you tell us which hotel you're secretly rooting for?

There were too many great contenders, but the Treehotel in Sweden looked particularly special and stood out the most for me. 

Treehotel, Sweden

Where have your favourite destinations been for work and for play?

My mother is Brazilian so I enjoy visiting whenever I can. Rio is my home away from home. LA comes a close second. I have always dreamt about old Hollywood and when I went there for the first time four years ago, it didn't disappoint. 

What's your travel beauty routine like?

I like to keep my face cleansed and hydrated at the end of the day, so my wash bag is packed with my basic everyday beauty products. Bioderma Crealine H2O is the perfect cleanser for removing all traces of dirt. To keep my face hydrated, I used Sisley's All Day All Year face crea, Nutritive Lip Balm, and Black Rose Precious Face Oil. To keep my hair in place, I use L'Oreal's Techni Art spray. In the shower, nothing does the job quite like Roger & Gallet's Eau de Gingembre. 


What are some of your travel essentials?

I never travel without my Cat Naps. They're comfortable satin kitty slippers that come with an eye mask and convenient bag which doubles up as a storage pouch for all my travel essentials. I also bring along shoe trees and shoe dust bags to keep my shoes intact. Once again, Sisley's Supremya Balm is what I rely on to keep my skin hydrated. I use my iPad for work and play while the Mac Ruby Woo lipstick is great for brightening up my entire look. 

Cat Nap from Charlotte Olympia

Tell us about your favourite hotel.

Burgh Island is an Art Deco Hotel off the coast of Devon and cut off from the mainland at high tide. It is filled with nostalgia and charm, which really makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. Black-tie is encouraged for the evenings and it's a great excuse to dress up. I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and it is in this hotel where she wrote my favourite novel, Evil Under the Sun.


It's no secret you love your heels. Do you pack them for vacations as well?

Yes, unless I am traveling to a beach destination, in which case I take a selection of flats and a pair of Havaianas (I just collaborated with them!). If I had to pick only one pair of heels, 'Kiss Me Dolores' is probably my favourite. It's a nude signature platform court shoe with a red lip design on the toe. Like red lipstick, it goes with everything! 

'Kiss Me Dolores' heels from Charlotte Olympia

As an avid shopper of vintage wear, where are some of your favourite vintage shops in London and abroad? 

I love to browse around my own neighbourhood. I live and work at the top of Ladbroke Grove, so I'm close to Portobello and Golborne Road, which gives me wonderful access to vintage shops such as Relik. Circus Antiques on Chamberlayne Road has a great selection of antique furniture while C Madeleines in Miami has a huge selection of vintage wear. In LA, The Way We Wore and Decades are my favourites.


Tell us about your most memorable holiday.

My husband and I love Japan. Since we're based on the other side of the world, we try to return whenever we can. In 2010, we were there for two weeks on our honeymoon. We shopped and sang karaoke in Tokyo, experienced an onsen spa at a traditional Ryokan in Hakone National Park, dined with Geishas in Kyoto, and took the bullet train to discover the art island of Naoshima. 


What's on your travel bucket list for 2016?

I have always dreamed of travelling on the Orient Express. I am nostalgic for a by-gone era and would love to have this old-fashioned and romantic travel experience. I would love to go with my husband and a handful of friends. We'll enjoy Black Tie evenings in the dinner cart and arrive somewhere exotic, say Istanbul, a few days later.


What are you reading right now?

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan.

Bonjour Tristesse

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Text: Denise Kok

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