A designer's dream: the colourful streets of Cuba sit firmly at the top of Alice's travel bucket-list

BA PEOPLE • May 2019

My Club: Alice Temperley

Alice Temperley


Her red-carpet designs are beloved throughout Britain and beyond, but Alice Temperley the designer, mother and vintage enthusiast is (if you can believe it) even more impressive than the clothes she creates. After lending her creative talents to the new British Airways First washbags, the MBE awardee sat down with us to talk fashion-forward travel

Travel has always been a huge source of inspiration
Whether I’m on a summer escape to Positano (pictured below) – the hidden village in Italy just off the Amalfi coast – or basking in the winter sun of Mexico or Asia, colours and cultures from around the world inspire me constantly.

01 Positano

My amazing suppliers keep me travelling
I go to Italy frequently to see our fabric mills, nestled around the shores of Lake Como. We also have incredible artisan beaders in India and beautiful 1930’s lace machines still in action around Milan and the south of France.

When it comes to inspiring my creativity, nothing beats Paris
I adore Clignancourt flea market for discovering antique pieces. North Paris has some of my favourite fabric and vintage haunts, with incredible pieces of furniture (my dream job would be to decorate an empty house using the best pieces I could find).

If you’re looking to shop in Paris… 
…start with the vintage shops around Le Marais and then, for the flashier shops, Rue Saint-Honoré. Afterwards, stop for lunch at Le Piaf – I eat here with friends and order a glass of red with moules. It’s incredibly inspiring and romantic. 

02 Argentina

I would love to go riding in Argentina
...(pictured aboveand visit Peru, Cuba and a million other places on my bucket list. I want to go where I have no communication with the outside world, so I can really escape.

My favourite hotels of all time include…
Cuixmala in Mexico. Less a hotel, more a private estate with mind-blowing houses and gorgeous casitas (cottages) dotted through the grounds. It’s beyond amazing. 

I also love the Elephant Watch Camp
Located in Samburu, Kenyathis camp (pictured below) is run by my friends Frank and Saba. To take drives with them and spot hundreds of wild elephants is something all children should have the opportunity to do. I take my son whenever I can – it’s a magical experience.

03 Elephant Camp

A magical day in London begins with…
breakfast at Clifton Nurseries in Maida Vale, before an early-morning walk up the canal to Edgware Road. Here, Church Street is full of brilliant vintage and furniture stores like Alfie’s Antique Market. Once you’re shopped out walk along the canal again, past the houseboats to Primrose Hill for amazing views of London.

We were proud to design British Airways’ new First washbags
Elemis, whose products are in the washbags (pictured below), and Temperley London are both great British brands with heritage and authenticity, so it felt like a pretty amazing collaboration. I hope everyone will treasure their washbags for years.

04 First wash bag

At 35,000ft, I keep it simple
A Temperley blanket shawl to stay cosy, Elemis treats to keep my skin soft, a good book to get lost in time, and a note pad so I can jot down ideas and sketches.

Travelling with British Airways is seamless
In the lounges, up in the air – it’s like a home away from home. And the service you get is some of the very best in the world.

Temperley London's amenity bags, designed exclusively for First, are now on board. To discover more, click here

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