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 vacation with Rebecca Minkoff and her family. This week we go on vacation with eyewear designer Kerin Rose Weinberg.
So coveted are her sunglasses–namely, the gold convertible chain sunglasses and the ones wrapped with lace–that they’ve been replicated everywhere from eBay to the streets of Chinatown.
When the 30-year-old designer isn’t working on glittering collaborations with Supra or Mata Hari, she’s off traveling the world. Weinberg tells us about losing her luggage before meeting with Vogue Italia, going the wrong way on the highway with a cab driver in Cairo, and, um, urinating into a hole in a soccer stadium in Milan.
How do you pack for vacation?
It’s always a rushed miracle the night before. I usually wind up in my underwear on my bed, yelling at my clothes.
Is it okay to look like a tourist on vacation?
I don’t think you should CARE. You just paid a lot of money to travel very far to worry about how you appear to the natives? So long as you’re nice to the people whose space you’re invading I don’t think you should care about how you look. That applies to non-vacation as well.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve done while abroad?
Urinated in a hole in the floor in the bathroom at a soccer stadium in Milan. That or agreed to let a cab driver take us on a “shortcut” while in Cairo that resulted in us going the wrong way on a highway.
What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you on vacation?
Having my luggage lost by the airline for my first two days in Milan. I was presenting with Vogue Italia as a new talent and the airport managed to locate my luggage a few hours before the massive presentation. I went to the airport to pick it up, got back, and changed in the bathroom minutes before guests arrived.
What’s one moment that you will never ever forget?
I’ve had a lot of unique travel experiences, but the most valuable was going with my father to see the house he grew up in in Israel.
What has been your favorite purchase while on vacay?
I like going to the open air markets and purchasing tees, local garments, and trinkets representative of the area. And if I can find something vintage that’s always exciting.
What’s the sexiest thing about summer?
What’s your new song of the summer?
“Call These Boys” by one of my best friends and long time client, Estelle!
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