Our Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful Souvenirs

by Joelle

 

Our Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful SouvenirsOur Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful SouvenirsOur Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful SouvenirsOur Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful SouvenirsOur Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful SouvenirsOur Favorite Tastemakers on Their Most Meaningful Souvenirs

 

 

Picking up souvenirs is, arguably, one of the best parts about traveling. Sure, it might offer you a reason to splurge on vacation, but it can also serve as a point of entry to understanding the cultural heritage of a place. Maybe you’ll find yourself in a small, well-curated boutique that carries local designers, or a loud, colorful market that puts craft traditions on display. But no matter where you end up, it’s important to be intentional about the things you purchase; those little tokens, packed away tightly in your luggage, or stowed in your trusty carry-on, will serve as regular reminders of your trip once you’re back home. We tapped a handful of our favorite tastemakers, from fashion designer Ulla Johnson to architect Charles Renfro, to share their most meaningful souvenirs with us.

An elephant bust from Kenya

“I bought this teak elephant bust at a roadside crafts stand in Kenya during a trip with my now-husband, Andrea, in 2002. It’s incredibly heavy, and in order to bring it home with us, we had to leave behind some of our belongings. The piece once hung alone above our dining room table, but over time, new souvenirs have joined it; now our wall of memories is almost full. I don’t know if we’ll ever return to Kenya, but the bust reminds me of our time there, when we were young and beautiful, and everything was perfect.” —Daria Reina, co-owner, Chez Dede, Rome

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