It's our third edition of Gothamist's travel content, Gothamist Getaways. A few times a year, we'll have a week of posts featuring looks at travel, food, products and tips—near and far—for making your trips more enjoyable. So sit back, dream of your next journey and let us know if you have any hints for us—email email@example.com.
Sure, you could scale Machu Picchu or discover endangered species amid the Galápagos Islands, but it's unlikely that either will enhance your fall wardrobe. As the weather starts to cool and you revisit last year's garments, perhaps it's time for a jet-setting trip to amp up your style. Be sure to donate your gently worn clothes to Housing Works, Dress for Success, or another like-minded organization. And once you've freed up some closet space, check out one of these fashion-forward destinations:
Warning: You will do some serious damage in this triangularly mapped collection of seven streets designed by Thomas Neale in the late 17th century. Dickens wrote, "The stranger who finds himself in the Dials for the first time... at the entrance of Seven obscure passages, uncertain which to take, will see enough around him to keep his curiosity awake for no inconsiderable time..." For the modern traveler with an eye for style, you'll get blessedly lost among the shops and cafes that feature some of the UK's most notable designers.
Orion London—Ready-to-wear fashion with vintage flair and signature prints.
Crazy Pig Designs—We doubt the Queen will be wearing these skull-inspired designs anytime soon, but for a woman with edge, this hardcore jeweler offers statement pieces that will turn heads.
Coco de Mer
Coco de Mer—The name for this lingerie boutique was inspired by a rare plant found in the Seychelles (a remote country in the Indian Ocean), whose seeds resemble a woman's form.
The Cambridge Satchel Company—Back to school never looked so hip with vibrant-hued satchels from the mother and daughter team of Freda Thomas and Julie Deane.
Foxhall London—Foxhall "equips men for the pursuits and pleasures of modern London life." With collections ranging from outerwear to knitwear and T-shirts, the functional pieces offer technical details and just enough tailoring for that classic UK fit.
Peter Werth—For men looking to turn heads whether they're walking into a business meeting or happy hour, the brand relies on practical and stylish designs and has been part of the London fashion scene since its 1975. (Here's great footage.)
Murdock London—Stop in for a shave at this modern day barbershop, and while you're at it, pick up some high-end grooming products. Shaving essentials, cologne and skincare products are all made in England.
Stockholm's exclusive shopping district dates back to 1885 and derives its name from the Swedish word for library. (The National Library of Sweden is located in nearby Humlegården Park.) Six distinct walks offer international labels, local designers, jewelry boutiques and plenty of places to rest your weary feet after a full-out shopping spree. For all things Scandinavian, consider these highlights:
Acne Studios—Founder and creative director Jonny Johansson combines multi-disciplinary interests in photography, art, architecture and contemporary culture to creative fashion, books, furnishings and accessories that embody the Swedish aesthetic of form and function.
Nudie Jeans—Forget the notion that American brands have the corner on denim. Nudie Jeans' forward-thinking model encourages customers to break-in, repair, reuse and recycle their jeans, thereby creating a sustainable and responsible business model that also happens to churn out great-looking fashions, too.
Marimekko—Founded in 1951, the Finnish company made a name for itself with eye-popping colorful prints and graphic florals. Now expanding into home furnishings, consider it a go-to to for housewarming gifts or to liven up your own home.
If you want to play hard and spend harder, there's no better place to drop some greenbacks than Las Vegas. Hopefully Lady Luck is on your side, and if she is, be sure to check out The LINQ. Caesars' latest hotel flip (at the tune of $223 million) offers guests plenty of ways to spend their winnings.
Bella Scarpa—What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… unless it's a new pair of shoes. The boudoir-style black and pink boutique couldn't be more enticing for that "must-have" new pair. Fortunately Ride Genie, the city's only transportation app, has just launched.
Goorin Bros.—High quality fedoras, caps, bowlers from a company dating back to 1921.
Kitson—A Vegas outpost of this L.A. kitsch shop offers 12,000-square-feet of gifts, home accessories and other ways to spend your winnings.
12 A.M. RUN
12A.M. RUN—Rapper Nas handpicks all the brands, bringing a bit of urban street fashion to the Strip along with an in-store DJ booth.
Matthew Wexler is the national travel editor for EDGE Media Network. In addition, his work has appeared in Hemispheres, Gotham, Hamptons Magazine, Private Islands, Passport and online for AAA, ShermansTravel, offMetro, among others.