Whatever your idea of vacationing, one thing is certain—you’ll be doing it in style with new collections by Louis Vuitton and Samsonite. Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton’s six-year collaboration is coming to an end, but not before one last big bang. For the Monogramouflage line, Murakami and Vuitton have reinterpreted the camouflage theme, which is superimposed with the the LV monogram. For those proficient in LV-speak, the line includes a Keepall (Rs1 lakh), a Pegase (Rs1.33 lakh), and a Speedy (Rs79,000)—a duffel bag, a suitcase and a handbag, respectively. At LV stores in Mumbai and New Delhi.
Samsonite has teamed up with a different sort of pro—veteran snowboarder Jeremy Jones has played guinea pig for the OutLab X+ Winter collection. The line of bags and packs, designed in collaboration with Jones, is created for adventure seekers. It features some innovative ideas, such as the Backcountry Pack—a duffel bag that converts into a backpack. Prices start at Rs6,500; available at all Samsonite stores.
The Call of the Brahmaputra
Come October and it’s time to step up the exercise routine, and dream of freezing rivers. Post-monsoon is the time when all adventure outfitters launch their biggest trips of the year as conditions are optimal: clear skies making for clear views, high-flowing rivers and dry weather. Vaibhav Kala of Aquaterra Adventures is especially chuffed about the Great Brahmaputra Descent, rated as one of the Top 10 India Adventures by Outside magazine, and the subject of a NatGeo documentary. The 14-day annual expedition, from 14-28 November this year, has had participants comparing it to conquering Mt Everest, requiring as it does tenacity, teamwork and tensile strength. Apart from the challenges of the river (seven days are spent on the Brahmaputra), the trip takes you through the remotest parts of the country, acquainting you with people, habits, flora and fauna too often overlooked. Visit www.aquaterra.in for more details.
Take a dip: The Brahmaputra.
3 Things to do | Kuala Lumpur
Political analyst, Kuala Lumpur
* Sip a cocktail at the Sky Bar: Located on the 33rd level of the Traders Hotel, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the bar offers the best views of the city. The Petronas Twin Towers are just opposite. The bar is open-air, and built around the swimming pool. It’s open 11am to 1am (3am on weekends).
* Have afternoon tea in the Drawing Room: The Carcosa Seri Negara is the only colonial boutique hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel serves traditional British afternoon tea, either in the wrap-around veranda or in the charming Drawing Room. Apart from fine teas, the favourites are the English scones and clotted cream and home-made jam. Available every day, from 3pm to 6pm.
* Visit the Kuala Lumpur high court and railway station: Both are located near Merdeka (Independence) Square in central Kuala Lumpur and are spectacular examples of what is locally, but incorrectly, called Moorish architecture—it owes more to Indian Muslim/Mughal styles—designed by British architects. The high court, Banganun Sultan Abdul Samad, with its copper turrets and clock tower, dates back to 1897; the Stesan Keretapi, characterized by open staircases and towers, was built in 1911.