What I Pack: Simon Velvin

Simon Velvin. Photo / Supplied
Simon Velvin. Photo / Supplied

Do you travel light or heavy?

Lean and mean, three sections - working/partying/training.

Cattle or first class?

Always at the back of the plane. You meet the most interesting people there: oil tycoons, royalty, philanthropists and religious figures.

I can't travel without ...

A cheesy travel charm, usually in the form of a rock or a token from my awesome girl Rachel. I always come home safe so it seems to work.

Are you a planner or last minute packer?

Well I leave for Singapore in 48 hours and hadn't even thought about packing until I read this question ...

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?

I'm not much of a material person so it's always my memories and the gift of meeting amazing artists and designers I get to work with around the world.

Favourite or most exciting airport to land in?

Amsterdam - not for what you think. If you haven't been to Holland you have to go and see the land. It's spectacular and fertile all year-round.

Best packing tip?

Sleep on it.

Most memorable trip?

Paris. I love the people, passion, fashion and pastries.

What do you do while on the plane?

The funniest thing I've done on the plane was mile-high yoga. Some of the air stewards joined in too.

Simon Velvin is the director of design conference Semi-Permanent, which will be held from May 18-19.

- NZ Herald

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