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Suitcase Series

Suitcase Series: Silje Vallevik, Founder Of Valle & Vik

Meet Silje Vallevik, the Norwegian-born, London-based designer behind Valle & Vik.

Having studied at art school in Norway, then modelling full-time, Silje launched her label in 2017. “When I was modelling full-time, I travelled the world non-stop. I needed pieces that would work in various climates and cultures well as being luggage-friendly – compact and light, without creasing too much. I was struggling to find anything that fit my style in the quality and price bracket I needed, so I was inspired to create the wardrobe items I craved myself.” Thus Valle & Vik was born, a tightly edited collection of silk dresses and separates boasting prints inspired by Scandinavian folklore, hand-painted by Silje herself.

Equipped with a cohort of her own designs, including the effortless Cannes Do silk slip dress, we delve into Silje Vallevik’s suitcase psyche.


What is the first trip you remember taking?

My grandma is Danish, and we spent most summers in Denmark growing up. We used to have a summer house on the beach, and would take the ferry from my city, Kristiansand in Southern Norway. I loved the ferry – it had everything. I remember playing with all the kids in the ball pit, with an endless supply of candy and playing arcade games. It was magical.

 

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What’s your most memorable trip and why?

I’ve had so many wonderful trips, but I really enjoyed traveling around Asia, especially Thailand. It’s such a different world and culture and I just love it so much. From the beaches, to the jungle, to the temples and the food! Plus of course the amazing people.

Where or what is your escape?

Asia and a good book!

What’s your idea of a luxury holiday?

Sunshine , peacefulness, space, delicious flavours and smells.

 

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If you could go anywhere tomorrow it would be…

Mexico City; I’ve never been and I am dying to go. I’m a huge Frida Kahlo fan, and I can’t wait to see her house. I also love tacos and tequila!

Where do you get your holiday inspiration?

I go where my curiosity takes me. I’m a very free spirit!

What is your favourite ever hotel?

La Mamounia in Marrakech and Amanpuri in Phuket.

If you could be sat next to anyone on a plane it would be?

I prefer not to be sat next to anyone, but if I had to I guess it would have to be David Attenborough for his soothing voice and interesting insights. You know he’d have some magical stories to tell.

What is your ultimate bucket-list destination?

I’d love to take a gap year and travel the world – literally a year long trip around the globe.

How do you switch off?

Books, baths, and red wine.

 

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What is your number one packing tip?

I always overpack and I like it. So as controversial as this may be, if you can fit it in – take it. You never know where or what the trip might bring. Travelling with silks make it very easy for me to do this.

What’s on your travel playlist?

I am currently playing Elton John on repeat as I just saw him in Hyde Park and he was AMAZING. Also a band called Cigarettes After Sex – calming music is best when I travel.

What is your suitcase stalwart?

Who is your favourite travel companion?

Myself.

What is your most-treasured purchase from your travels?

A vintage Celine suit from Lisbon.

What is your jet-lag recovery tip?

Align with the time as soon as you land. If I’m going to the US I always try to have a late night the first night I arrive;  which is a great excuse, as there’s nothing like a night out in New York City  to shock your system into the time zone.

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

I live in West London, the Notting Hill/Bayswater area. A must-do for tourists is Portobello Market on a Friday morning (for the fashion lovers), the V&A for the architecture, art, and history. Hyde Park for breathing and lounging. Bocca di Lupo for the flavours, followed by a cocktail at The Mandrake and their urban jungle terrace.

First thing that comes to your mind…

Hand-luggage essential?

Face mist; a scarf that can be a blanket; a slip dress just in case; my laptop.

Packing: roll or fold?

A bit of both.

In-flight book or in-flight film?

Book for shorter flights, movies for longer ones.

Music or podcast?

Depends on my mood.

Time filler on a long-haul flight?

Clean up my laptop and phone, or edit photos from shoots.

Holiday tipple of choice?

Rosé.

Holiday read of choice?

Jackie Collins.

Ultimate holiday treat ?

Silks and linen.

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