Seasonal shopping is a trap set by retailers to propagate our consumer culture. This year, invest in summer vacation essentials that will last for many years to come.
WORDS: JULIE BARRIERE
1. LUKS LINEN TOWELS
Whether you’re spending the day on the beach or simply drying off after a dip in the pool, life is easier when you have the right towel for the job. Luks Linen towels are completely handwoven and made with 100% Turkish cotton, which means they are soft, absorbent and dry quickly. The unique style and crafted quality of a Luks towel (call it a peshtemal in front of your friends) make it almost endlessly multifunctional. Wear yours as a scarf, or maybe tie it into a sarong. Don’t feel like lugging a giant bag to the beach? Just wrap your essentials in its generous embrace. Make the most of it - each beautiful towel is guaranteed to last for 20 years. See their promise here.
2. ZOGGS AQUALAST SWIMWEAR
Swimwear is notorious for becoming sun bleached and baggy - we're almost expected to go through at least one bathing suit per year. Even if you have a swimsuit that is still in good shape after last season’s adventures, so many of us get sucked into buying a new piece in order to keep up with the latest trend. Instead of buying flimsy swimwear that will only disappoint you come next May, invest in a Zoggs bathing suit made with 100% Chlorine Proof Aqualast fabric. It’s snag resistant, retains both the colour and shape of the piece and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Leave your cheap swimsuits on shore and take a dive into durable swimwear.
3. SUNGOD CLASSICS2 SUNGLASSES
It’s easy to pick up a snazzy pair of sunglasses from a tourist stand on the boardwalk, but it’s just as easy to accidentally snap off a leg or lose a lense. SunGod Classics2 are made with an extra durable, flexible memory polymer, making them purse and beach bag resistant. Even though these sunglasses are built to last, they come with a lifetime guarantee meaning the company will replace any broken glasses for free. With an impressive guarantee like this, SunGod has a bright future ahead.
4. BIRKENSTOCK SANDALS
Summer holidays often involve day-long adventures full of sightseeing, hot sunshine and lots of walking. The best way to combat sweaty feet and stay comfortable during those long strolls on the beach is to invest in a pair of quality sandals. Birkenstocks are made with high quality materials and are built specifically to provide support in all the right places. Four ultimate comfort and durability, buy a pair with 100% leather uppers. Even if you run them into the ground after many years of regular use, all you have to do is send them back to Birkenstock who will replace the soles, buckles or footbeds for a reasonable repair cost. We’d like to see more companies following in their footsteps.
5. TILLEY HAT
Tilley hats are great for keeping the sun off your face, whether you’re hiking up a mighty peak or sunbathing by the pool. Made using 100% Hemp fabric, an extra durable and wonderfully sustainable material, this hat comes with a lifetime guarantee and is insured against loss for two years. Over the years and years it follows your head around the world, the natural fibre will fade a little, giving the hat its own unique character. This one is highly water repellent, includes a strap to ensure stability in windy conditions and reduces your exposure to harmful Ultraviolet rays. These features are certainly impressive, but at the end of the day the best thing about this hat is that it makes you look like a real-life Indiana Jones.
6. BRIGGS & RILEY SYMPATICO SUITCASE
Your luggage goes through an excessive amount of rigamarole while transporting your things from home to hotel. Whether it’s being shoved into an undersized overhead apartment or dragged through the cobblestone streets of Europe, it’s important to have a quality piece of luggage that can withstand the wear and tear of travelling. This Briggs & Riley Sympatico Suitcase has four wheels for maximum mobility, an easy to use lock system and plenty of room to pack your holiday wardrobe. All Briggs & Riley products come with a lifetime guarantee, which allows you to spend less on substandard luggage and more on planning your next adventure.