For many well-heeled travelers, One&Only is shorthand for complete and total escape. The company’s oceanfront resorts from Mexico to the Maldives are the kind of pampering getaways most of us spent lockdown fantasizing about. While jetting off to a One&Only property is still a bit complicated, the ever-thoughtful hosts are offering another one-of-a-kind delight that doesn’t require a passport: a collection of vintage Louis Vuitton bags custom-embroidered to celebrate each of One&Only’s destinations.
The company, no stranger to the fashion set, having partnered with the likes of Christian Louboutin and Missoni in the past, tapped Jonathan Riss of Jay Ahr to bring the project to life. Riss’s Paris-based brand specializes in haute embroidery—think Birkins awash in bandana prints—and is a hot commodity among collectors with a taste for eclectic luxuries. As Philippe Zuber, COO of One&Only’s parent company, says: “Fashion is an intrinsic part of our guests’ lives. Collaborating with Jonathan Riss for Jay Ahr allows us to create something truly bespoke for our guests that inspires dreams of travel.”
These bags are far from your standard hotel souvenir. The collection is comprised entirely of vintage Louis Vuitton Keepalls (the brand’s most timeless, genderless duffle bag) that have been embellished with intricately embroidered designs evocative of One&Only’s ten destinations. There are two different designs for each locale: one riffing on the national flag and another, more abstract representation of the nation’s culture. Each is one-of-a-kind, and sure to be snapped up fast by jet-setters and fashion collectors alike. But no worries if you can’t snag one in-person: they can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t decide if you’re more Montenegro or Rwanda? We asked Riss to share his five favorites, below.