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Photographs by  Daphne Youree

Photographs by Daphne Youree

MEET | SARA BANKS

Featured 6.24-6.30.19 | It's hard to believe that no one took the ‘lug’ out of luggage until 1972, the year someone finally thought to put wheels on suitcases. By then, the era of grand and gorgeous leather travel trunks had long since passed. But in 2005 Sara Banks, a former fashion entrepreneur and professional globetrotter, came rolling onto the scene with her own chic take, combining classic form and modern function to create SteamLine Luggage (picture a 1950s Hollywood starlet — pencil skirt, pillbox hat — on a train platform, a swoon-worthy set of matching suitcases at her feet). Contrasting leather straps and elegant metallic accents give Banks’ designs a kind of tangible nostalgia, jacked up into present day with silent wheels, retractable trolley handles and bold pops of color. It's definitely a look — no surprise coming from a woman who certainly knows how to make an entrance. These days, she and her biz partner hubby travel like it’s their job (well, it kind of is) and while you might think making “jet-setting look as chic as it sounds” would be nearly impossible since their far-flung adventures now include the pair’s three young sons, they make it work. In fact, the Dublin-based brand has only picked up steam (see what we did there?) over the past two years. With features in travel magazines, collabs with Kate Spade and Alice + Olivia and spots in high-end retailers like The Line and Neiman Marcus, people are taking notice of Banks and all of her glorious baggage. And we can’t wait to see where she takes us.
Welcome to Sara’s week.