Michael Kors shares his packing tips, favourite hotels and New York City haunts, and best meal ever

  • From enjoying a drink at Bemelmans Bar to a burger at JG Melon, fashion designer is a true New Yorker
  • He also enjoys safaris and getaways in Capri and Claridge’s in London
PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 November, 2018, 8:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 02 November, 2018, 8:01pm

Jet-setting New York-based designer Michael Kors is a fan of island getaways such as Capri and adventurous experiences such as African safaris but he’s a true New Yorker at heart, as shown by his predilection for Big Apple classics such as Peter Luger and JG Melon.

Packing essentials

Flip flops for the pool and beach, white jeans for dinner, a few pairs of aviator sunglasses, a black cashmere knit for night and a Diptyque candle to make any hotel room feel like home.

Places to stay

My favourite city hotel is Claridge’s in London, and my favourite beach hotel is Hotel Quisisana in Capri. They both have this blend of amazing history, great location and luxury service.

New York haunts

For restaurants, I like Peter Luger for its no-frills environment and a perfect steak; JG Melon for a great burger; and Little Owl in the West Village for the atmosphere and food (and it’s in my neighbourhood!).

For shopping, I think Bergdorf Goodman is an experience that can’t be beat – especially if you’re not from New York – and I like Wyeth for home decor.

All the museums are great, I personally like the Whitney and the MoMA. And my ultimate favourite thing to do in the city is see a play. There’s nothing better than a Broadway play to instantly transport you.

As for hotels, The Carlyle – it’s an Upper East Side institution, and the murals at Bemelmans bar are one of my favourite things in New York.

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Weekend getaway

Eastern Long Island. A little time in nature, even if it’s not beach weather, is the best way to recharge.

Trip of a lifetime

One of the most surreal travel experiences I’ve had is going on safari. It is an awe-inspiring, truly one-of-a-kind experience. And the Singita Lebombo lodge is incredible.

Meal to remember

The fresh fish and spaghetti vongole at La Fontelina in Capri – to me, there’s nothing better than a barefoot lunch overlooking the Faraglioni.

Next stop

Ayers Rock [Uluru] in Australia is next on my list!