It’s summer! And that means on Fridays, everyone should be sneaking out of work a little bit early to go on a weekend jaunt or grab a drink on a sunny rooftop. The fashion industry, which works very hard, also knows a thing or two about how to cut loose. In our weekly Summer Friday column, we catch up with industry insiders to find out what they do, where they go, and what they bring with them when they escape the daily grind. Last week we went on a journey with Bag Snob’s Tina Craig and this week we go on vacation with the cuties behind Shipley & Halmos, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos!
Since their launch in 2008, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos have become darlings of the fashion industry. In their first year alone they won the National Art Club’s “Young Designer Award” and the following became finalists for the prestigious CFDA Award for “Best New Designer.”
Today, the two have expanded their once small collection into an entire lifestyle brand with shoes, accessories, and special projects like a special class ring with Philip Crangi. Not to mention both have tied the knot since then. With so much going on, it’s nice to know that both still have time to focus on relaxation and vacation. From getting mugged while sleeping, to being forced to mock dance and sing in fear, here are Shipley and Halmos’s rules to traveling.
How do you pack?
Jeff Halmos: Jam everything into a carry-on-sized bag.
Sam Shipley: Depends on where I’m headed. Gotta have the right gear if you’re hitting the quaint Villa Las Estellas (Antartica) in early August.
Is it okay to look like a tourist on vacation? Explain.
JH: It’s okay to look like a tourist in NYC!
SS: Well that’s just a ridiculous question. Kinda like chicken or the egg. If you’re on vacation you are a tourist so don’t you look like one? And, if you look like one, then shouldn’t you be ok with that? So yeah, looking like yourself in a far away land is totally cool.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve done while abroad?
JH: Good question, and tough to say. Driving scooters around Paris was terrifying and life threatening.
SS: Flying in a fabric-covered lawn mower over the Nazca Lines in Southern Peru.
What’s the greatest mishap that’s ever happened to you on vacation?
JH: Sleeping in O’Hare one night, then sleeping in Heathrow the next night. Miserable.
SS: Had everything of mine stolen in Tuscany FROM MY BEDROOM WHILE I WAS SLEEPING!
What’s the one moment that you’ll never forget from a vacation you’ve taken and why?
JH: Safari in Africa was pretty unreal.
SS: Sitting behind the goal at an Intermatch with Bolivia in Brazil. I was told to mock sing and dance, cause I’d get my ass beat if I didn’t look like I knew what I was doing. It was nuts, absolutely nuts.
Who is your travel buddy?
JH: My wife. She’s always up for an adventure!
SS: My wifey. Cause I’ll do something stupid and she is knows how to fix anything! Plus, the whole “love” thing is a major bonus.
What’s your favorite purchase while on vacay?
JH: My watch, which I scored in Barcelona.
SS: I try to avoid declaring shit at customs as fervently as possible.
What’s the sexiest thing about summer?
SS: This one’s easy. Girls.
What’s your song of the summer?
JH: “Today Was A Good Day” by Ice Cube.
SS: I’m going go with something pastoral. “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West.
What are your 5-7 packing essentials:
JH: Bathing suit, headphones, snacks (usually trail mix and some sort of chocolate), sunglasses, and vitamins.
SS: Watch, ring, headphones, sunscreen, trunks, book, guitar.