Shopping at a hotel or resort used to mean little more than picking up a forgotten necessity at the gift shop—say, a baseball hat and sweatshirt or a coverup and some overpriced sunscreen. These days, however, luxury hotels and hotel brands around the world are collaborating with personalities, eco-friendly companies and some of the world’s top designers on exclusive items that you’d actually want to take home with you.
Some collections are inspired by the hotels themselves, like Zachary Weiss and Stubbs & Wooton’s slippers designed for St. Regis, while others, including Margherita Missoni’s pieces for the Luxury Collection, are inspired by travels to far-flung locales. And some are just plain fun, like Aquazurra’s cheerful slippers for Mandarin Oriental’s suite guests. But what they all have in common is that they serve as stylish reminders of your getaway—and that they help you hold on to some of that vacation vibe. As Weiss says, “product collaborations like (these) encapsulate the feeling you have when you check into a hotel, and all of the fun and frivolity you get to experience there.”
From a statement ring inspired by a Nantucket retreat to chic—and cheeky—resort wear evoking Ibiza and the Amalfi Coast, here are eight new hotel and designer collaborations that take souvenirs to the next level.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas x Caralarga
Away from the hustle and bustle of Los Cabos, the tranquil Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is located on the East Cape, on one of the area’s only swimmable beaches—a rarity in Baja California. The resort embraces the best of contemporary Mexico through its modern architecture, fine-dining restaurants that celebrate local cuisine and, now, its fashion partnerships. It recently joined forces with Mexico-based brand Caralarga on an 11-piece collection of womenswear that showcases the region’s artistry and aesthetics. The neutral, monochrome collection includes breezy blouses, structured dresses, hats, bags and jewelry. Each piece is locally made and sustainably sourced from a Mexican textile factory, and incorporates thoughtful design details—like fringe and coiled embroidery—that embrace Mexican heritage and style. The best part? They’re so stylish that you’ll wear them long after your vacation is over, too. You can find the collection at the resort’s Oasis Spa, or purchase it online; prices range from $55 for accessories to $300 for clothing.
The St. Regis x Zachary Weiss and Stubbs & Wooton
Throughout the years, St. Regis properties have boasted quite a few firsts, as well as their own charming traditions. For example, the New York City hotel’s King Cole Bar is reputed to have invented the iconic Bloody Mary in 1934 (it calls it the Red Snapper, a much more elegant name), while St. Regis outposts around the world each saber a bottle of Champagne every evening, in honor of an age-old way of bringing guests together.
Keeping all this history in mind, the luxury brand has partnered with Zachary Weiss—a globetrotting man-about-town who shares his travels and decadent lifestyle with nearly 30,000 Instagram followers—and Stubbs & Wooton, a footwear brand known for its quirky slippers, to create exclusive items that tell its story. These include a recently released second collection of slippers that feature motifs inspired by the hotels, from classic icons like a robe and slippers or a “do not disturb” sign to a bottle of sabered Champagne—and the legendry Red Snapper. The slippers are $550 per pair and are available online.
The Faraway x Katherine Jetter
Thanks to the fact that there are no chain hotels or retailers on the island, Nantucket has a wonderful sense of community that has resulted in a collaborative spirit among its businesses. Case in point: When jewelry designer Katherine Jetter’s friends opened the Faraway hotel just a few doors down from her shop, The Vault, she decided to create a special ring in honor of the hotel.
The Faraway, which opened just this summer, has a whimsical decor inspired by both 1920s Paris and the fictional backstory of a female ship captain who traveled the world in the island’s maritime heyday. (These inspirations can be seen in full force at the onsite restaurant, Sister Ship, where a female shell bust lords over the bar.) Drawing from this, Jetter’s yellow gold, classic signet-style Siren of the Sea ring features an engraving of a siren, to safely lead sailors home to Nantucket, plus baguette diamonds encircling the engraving. Priced at $4,000, the ring is on display at the hotel when you check in and is available to purchase by special order; contact the hotel for more details.
The Luxury Collection x Margherita Missoni
While the Missoni name might be inextricably linked to Italy and signature zig-zag prints, Margherita Missoni herself finds inspiration on her globe-trotting travels. She recently unveiled her third collaboration with Luxury Collection hotels: a scarf which she designed after a trip to Goa and Delhi in India. The scarf celebrates the energy and brilliant colors of India’s architecture, clothing and spices, and is also the perfect traveling accessory—it can be worn as a scarf, sarong or as a wrap to keep warm on the plane. Of her trip, Missoni says “the hotels provided an authentic connection to the people, culture and history of the destination, affording me with endless inspiration—which I aimed to enliven through my design.” The $230 scarf can be purchased online; all proceeds will be donated to Collective Good Foundation, a charitable trust in India.
Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay x Love Brand & Co
While ocean conservation is important to us all, it’s of particular importance to island resorts, who more keenly feel the effects of climate change. With this in mind, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay has partnered with Love Brand & Co, a London-based ethical swim and resort wear company, on a capsule collection to benefit local charity IbizaPreservation. The collection is priced from $85-$200 and includes swim trunks made from recycled plastic, a linen shirt and a hat. All are emblazoned all with a custom Posidonia seagrass design in honor of the endemic seagrass thsat grows around Ibiza and Formentera and is prized for its carbon-absorbing properties. What better way to keep protecting the local ecosystem top of mind? Guests can purchase items from the collection online or at the hotel.
Le Sirenuse x Tombolo
Positano is one of the most picturesque destinations in all of Italy, and among its most fabulous hotels is Le Sirenuse. Set in a red-and-white building perched on a cliff overlooking the harbor, the legendary property draws in-the-know travelers with its unparalleled views, beautiful decor and impeccable service. It’s also known for its sense of style, and the hotel recently launched an online shop, Il Negozio, to bring its seaside-chic vibe to you wherever you are. The retreat has also collaborated with New York-based brand Tombolo on a collection of unisex terrycloth pieces emblazoned with fish or hotel’s signature mermaids. Prices range from $108 for the shorts to $158 for the cheekily named “No Smoking Jacket.” You can pick up these cozy and playful pieces in Positano at Emporio Sirenuse (just across the street from the hotel), online at Il Negozio or on Tombolo’s website.
Mandarin Oriental x Aquazurra
Mandarin Oriental properties worldwide are renowned for their discreet service, world-class amenities and streamlined, Asian-influenced aesthetic—the latter of which makes this latest collaboration a bit surprising. The brand has partnered with Italian footwear brand Aquazurra, known for its signature pompoms, tassels and fringe, for a collection of limited-edition striped slippers. The complimentary slippers are exclusively gifted to guests staying in signature suites, so what better reason to book an upgraded room for your next trip? Guests will receive one of three pairs: mint and black options with smart tassels on the front, or the gold version with a playful pompom. Be sure to book your stay before they’re gone forever.
Hotel Cala di Volpe x Dolce & Gabbana
Although the weather is becoming cooler and your weekend activities might include apple picking instead of languid days at the beach, you can still feel like you’re on vacation in Italy with a piece from Dolce & Gabbana’s collaboration with renowned Sardinian resort Hotel Cala di Volpe. This stunning hotel is located on a picturesque bay on the island’s Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast), where its striking architecture from 19560s icon Jacques Couëlle contrasts with the lush landscape and azure water. The collection features vibrant prints that showcase the region’s unique architecture and natural beauty. For just a touch of color, opt for a hat or a scarf—or make a full statement in a caftan or polo shirt. The collection is available exclusively at the Dolce & Gabbana’s pop-up boutique inside the hotel; prices are available upon request.