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Suitcase Series

Suitcase Series: Charlotte de Geyter of BERNADETTE

Charlotte de Geyter is one half of the mother-daughter design duo behind Belgian label, BERNADETTE.

Charlotte studied at Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, whilst her mother, Bernadette, is a former buyer for Ralph Lauren. The pair have a great professional relationship: “there’s a lot of trust, and always wanting the best for each other,” Charlotte adds.

The inter-generational brand comprises timeless robes and figure-skimming dresses in saturated hues and bountiful floral designs. In Charlotte’s own words, “BERNADETTE is about optimism, standing out through its fresh colours and prints, feeling restful and inspired by nature. My signatures as a designer are my hand drawn prints, but also creating volumes and combining colours.” Next for BERNADETTE is a homeware launch. Dropping in March – ready for decadent outdoor dining (which we simply can’t wait for) – the line will sport the brand’s iconic floral motifs.

Equipped with one of her signature dresses (and fragrance from niche perfumer Maria Santa Novella) we delve into Charlotte de Geyter’s travel psyche.

What is the first trip you remember taking?

Spain, I partly grew up there as a child.

What’s been your most memorable trip and why?

Thailand with my close friends after I graduated. It was totally carefree and I felt ready to take over the world.

Where or what is your escape?


If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…

I’d really like to go to Cape Town, it’s where our ceramics are being made at the moment.


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What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?

Kind people, unbelievable food, and inspiring surroundings.

Where do you get your holiday inspiration?

I have been seeing incredible destinations while scrolling through Instagram.

My top bucket list destination is…

I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand. It’s very far-flung, when travelling from Belgium.

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

Miuccia Prada.


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What’s on your travel playlist?

‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

How do you switch off?

I chill with friends, and talk about our dreams.

What is your number one packing tip?

Pack lightly!

What is your favourite ever hotel?

Jardin Secrets in Nîmes, France.

Who is your favourite travel companion?

My boyfriend, Ben Sledsens; he’s a very talented painter and sees beauty in unexpected places.

What is your most treasured purchase from your travels?

I bought a bright turquoise stone in Thailand that I turned into a necklace.

What are your jet lag recovery tips?

I haven’t figured this one out yet!


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

I live in Antwerp. I would recommend walking around and discovering all of the old houses, visit the fashion museum, and Tim Van Laere Gallery.

First thing that comes to your mind?

Hand-luggage essentials?

My phone.

Packing: roll or fold?


Inflight book or inflight film?


Music or podcasts?


Time filler on a long-haul flight?


Holiday tipple of choice?

A Margarita!

Best shopping gem found abroad?

Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

Beach or City Break?


Ultimate holiday treat?

Ignoring the time.

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