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Suitcase Series: Mary Alice Malone, Creative Director Of Malone Souliers

Mary Alice Malone, Creative Director of luxury shoe label Malone Souliers grew up horse-riding in Pennsylvania.

Having studied psychology and dabbling in furniture-making, welding, and carpentry, amongst other things, she settled on creating shoes. Malone Souliers shoes are stalwarts on the red carpet season after season, thanks to their artisan design and iconic feminine silhouette. As for who the Malone Souliers woman is, Malone muses “She is confident and inspiring. My shoes are designed not just to elevate but to liberate. She can be a businesswoman, she can be a mother, she can be anything she wants. I dress every woman, regardless of where they come from and where they are going.”

Travel is intrinsically linked to Malone’s career regularly travelling between London and New York: “Travelling has always broadened my mind. Discovering new places, discovering people, and different cultures is such an inspiring experience. It’s something that enriches you and makes you see the world differently.”

Equipped with a few pairs of Malone Souliers shoes, including the iconic Maureen mule, we delve into Malone’s travel psyche.


What is the first trip you remember taking?

Do horse shows count? I went to a lot of those.

What’s your most memorable trip and why?

My first trip to Thailand and Japan with my husband. It was the discovery of a whole new world!

What is your favourite ever hotel?

The Upper House in Hong Kong: the views are amazing. I also love Soho Farmhouse.

 

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Where or what is your escape?

To be anywhere with my family.

If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…

Montana/Wyoming Ranch. Although I also have Patagonia and Argentina on my wish list.

What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?

It used to be a backpacking adventure. Now that I have babies, the holiday probably needs a few more amenities.

 

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My top bucket-list destination is…

Tibet.

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

Ruth Westheimer, she is a hero!

How do you switch off?

Exercise, a sauna, and a cold shower.

What’s on your travel playlist?

A lot of podcasts.

 

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What is your jet-lag recovery tip?

I fast on flights and drink lots of water.

Who is your favourite travel companion?

My husband.

What is your suitcase stalwart?

A statement jacket.

 

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What is your number one packing tip?

Pack comfortable shoes.

What is your most treasured purchase from your travels?

Art from different countries, bought from local artists. These pieces are displayed all around my house.

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

Home is Florida and I really recommend discovering little local restaurants. You can learn a lot about a place from its food.

First thing that comes to your mind…

Hand luggage essential…

Socks: I can’t have cold feet.

Beach or city break?

Beach.

Packing: roll or fold?

Both – fold the big items and roll the rest.

Music or podcast?

Podcast.

In-flight book or in-flight film?

Film.

Time filler on a long-haul flight?

Sleep.

Holiday tipple of choice?

A glass of red wine.

Ultimate holiday treat?

I love a good hotel breakfast.

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