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Suitcase Series

Suitcase Series: Ella Ringner, Co-Founder of YOLKE

Since launching in 2013, British label YOLKE has become an real Instagram favourite.

Whilst YOLKE started out as a sleepwear brand, it now comprises sleek slip dresses and effortless ready-to-wear pieces, as well as a delectable homeware line. According to the brand’s Co-Founder, Ella Ringner, “YOLKE’s signature style is feminine and playful, with a nod to classic tailoring.”

Intricate prints are the brand’s hallmark, all of which are designed in-house: “I keep a chest of drawers of prints I’m working on, purchased from archives, scraps of vintage fabrics, embroideries, ribbons, and trims. I move them about with the seasons, creating mini collections within them,” Ella adds.

Away from the busy fashion cycle, travel offers Ella a great source of escapism: “It’s a great way to reset, to get perspective, and to feel calm when my day-to-day life is so busy. I always find inspiration for new collections when travelling, be it to see family in Sweden or trips to Majorca.”

With her YOLKE silks in tow, we delve into Ella Ringner’s travel psyche…


What’s been your most memorable trip and why?

We sailed from Portugal to Greece over a long summer when I was 11. We sailed around the Balearics to Sardinia, past Stromboli erupting at night, through the Straits of Messina. We discovered tiny islands like Ustica, where they make fresh ice cream overnight with whatever fruit you bring them after dinner. We swam with dolphins and ate lunch watching pilot whales – it was a completely magical trip.

What’s your most memorable trip and why?

When my daughter Scarlet was just three months old I took her to Antipaxos in Greece. It was supposed to be a family trip, but my husband had to work at the last minute. We travelled from the mainland to the Island by three ferries, each getting smaller until it was just a fisherman and basically a dingy. We met so many lovely people on the way who all adored this cherubic baby on my back – it gave me great confidence as a mother. I lost my mother when I was 23, and Scarlet was born when I was 26, so it felt very special to have this adventure with her.

What’s your favourite ever hotel?

The Cavalieri in Corfu, if only for the rooftop view.

Where or what is your escape?

Swimming in the River Thames near our cottage in Oxfordshire.

If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…

Sweden for thrift shopping.

What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?

Somewhere we can relax as a family.

 

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Where do you get your holiday inspiration?

From talking to friends, reading books, and the weekend supplements: I’m always tearing out images or saving them on my desktop.

My top bucket-list destination is…

I’ve never been to South America, so Peru, Chile, and Argentina.

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

Bette Midler looks fun, I love all her films from the 90s.

 

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How do you switch off?

By taking time to be creative. I love working on new prints, sneaking away from the chaos of family life for a few hours at the weekend.

What is your jet-lag recovery tip?

Sleep!

Who is your favourite travel companion?

My husband; we don’t get many opportunities to travel just us, but when we do it’s so much fun exploring new cities.

 

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What is your suitcase stalwart?

Silk pyjamas – from YOLKE, naturally.

What is your number one packing tip?

Take your time. I tend to start a week before, laying it out on the bed of our spare room for each person, and adding or removing to curate the perfect edit.

What is your most treasured purchase from your travels?

My dad bought me a ring in Lakka, Paxos when I was 18. It’s made from a small pearl a fisherman found locally, held in place by gold olive branches.

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

We currently live in the Cotswolds. My must-do’s including paddle-boarding up the Thames, stopping in Kelmscott for lunch at the Plough Inn, and exploring Kelmscott Manor: William Morris’s summer retreat.

First thing that comes to your mind…

Hand-luggage essential…

Moisturiser.

Packing: roll or fold?

Roll.

In-flight book or in-flight film?

Film.

Time filler on a long-haul flight?

Long reads.

Holiday tipple of choice?

Estrella.

Beach or City Break?

City.

Ultimate holiday treat?

Time with friends.

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