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Suitcase Series: Gül Hürgel

Gül Hürgel’s Mediterranean inspired resortwear is the definition of happy-making clothes.

Her linen dresses adorned with beautiful prints and embroidery are perfect for a holiday capsule wardrobe, making getting dressed on your travels as effortless as it should be. As she says herself, ‘being chic and comfortable is key to feeling happy’.

Growing up in Istanbul, a breeding grown for emerging fashion talent, where she is still based, there is plenty of inspiration to be drawn upon: ‘I love going to the Old Town and Golden Horn area. I always make a point of visiting these places when I’m working on a new collection’. The brand’s signature Blue Belle dress is also a direct reflection of the beautiful Aegean coast of Turkey, ‘a place I love visiting’, Gül says. Having taken over our holiday wardrobes, Gül next hopes to plan an interiors line to bring a touch of Mediterranean living into our homes.

For both work and play, the Turkish designer is eternally on the move: ‘I think it is important to value different cultures, arts, and cuisines, and through travel we can immerse ourselves in new adventures whilst expanding our knowledge of the world.’

From finding her happy place in Bodrum, to waking up early to not miss a drop of the day, we delve into Gül Hürgel’s travel psyche…


What is the first trip you remember taking?

My parents took me to Italy when I was 9 years old.  I fell in love with the culture and the amazing architecture.  All of the women I saw were so carefree and stylish.  It really inspired me.

What’s been your most memorable trip and why?

It’s very hard to choose.  I would say it is a split between Japan and India.  Both countries are so diverse and in some ways were a shock to me, but the experience of their cultures and way of life really opened my mind.  It was wonderful to learn about their traditions and meet such interesting people.  I took a lot of inspiration away from both these trips.

Where or what is the escape?

I just love being at home, pottering around my kitchen, cooking for my family and friends and taking care of my garden at home.

If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…

Japan – I just love their energy and style.  Although their culture is so different to my own, I have learnt so much from visiting the different regions of the country, and every time I go I find something new to inspire me.

 

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What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?

Good service and hospitality.

Where do you get your holiday inspiration?

I think I can get holiday inspiration from anywhere – it could be a meal in a restaurant, an image of architecture, or talking to people I meet about their own travel experiences.

If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of The Republic of Turkey.

What is your favourite hotel?

Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur – you have to see it to believe it!

How do you switch off?

By staying away from my phone – it’s very hard!

What is your number one packing tip?

I do not pack shampoos, conditioner and lotions at all.  I love discovering new brands when I’m away, and I can always fall back on the hotel bathroom if need be.

 

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Who is your favourite travel companion?

Anyone who wakes up early ready for adventure, and who can hold their own when I order more than half of the menu at a restaurant- and doesn’t skip dessert!!!

What is your most treasured purchase from your travels?

I found the most amazing plates down a side street in Venice.  I’m not sure I could find the store again, but I treasure these plates.

What are your jet lag recovery tips?

I always recommend you do not fall asleep before 22.30 after a long-haul flight.

Where is home and what are your must-do’s for any tourists visiting?

Istanbul. I highly suggest a first time visitor to have a simit (Turkish sesame bagel) & çay (tea) whilst taking a ferry around Bosphorus.

 

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What item of clothing/accessory is a suitcase stalwart?

First thing that comes to your mind?

Hand-luggage essentials?

Lipstick.

Packing: roll or fold?

Roll.

Inflight book or inflight film?

Film.

Music or podcasts?

Music.

Time killer on a long-haul flight?

Eat and drink!

Holiday tipple of choice?

Champagne.

Best shopping gem found abroad?

Small Ceramic shops in Kyoto.

Beach or City Break?

Both!

Ultimate holiday treat?

West Coast of Turkey.

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