How I Travel: Jamie Banks


Jamie Banks

Marcin Muchalski

As founder and chief executive officer of new resort-driven brand, Change of Scenery, Jamie Banks’ wanderlust spirit is inherent in everything she designs. From airy cotton skirts to matching two-piece swimsuits, the unfussy, effortless assortment conjures that getaway feeling best served with a frothy drink in hand.

Banks’ design roots run deep. She spent years at the helm of ready-to-wear brands such as Milly, Shoshanna and, most recently, Kate Spade, where she oversaw the brand’s 20-plus categories for over 10 years. As she embarks on her most ambitious path yet, I sat down with Banks to talk travel, and the destinations, tips and unique preferences that continue to inspire her.

Jamie Banks’ Travel Intel:

My go-to airline is: JetBlue. You can’t beat the snacks.

My favorite seat on the flight is: The aisle. I’m short, but still enjoy the extra leg room.

My go-to in-flight beverage is: Spicy Bloody Mary.

My favorite airport/terminal is: Palm Beach International Airport. You can be in and out in the sunshine so quickly!

The second I get on a plane, I: Read a magazine.

My go-to travel uniform is: Sweatshirt, leggings and sneakers. I admire the women in heels, but I put comfort first.

My carry-on consists of: A change of clothes and basic toiletries, makeup, and an ambitious stack of home décor magazines.

The pieces I take EVERYWHERE are: My Change of Scenery black Tracy Dress, a Madewell muscle tee, AGOLDE denim cutoffs, Thierry Lasry sunglasses.

My flying soundtrack is: Nora en Pure, Megan Davies, Dua Lipa

My favorite thing about flying is: Being off the grid.

The worst part about flying is: Travel time before and after the flight.

My one flying hack is: When traveling with young kids, bring disposable placemats to cover the seat tray table.

The second I land, I: Check my phone

As soon as I check into my hotel room, I: Unpack properly into the closet and bathroom.

My favorite hotel in the world is: Hôtel de l’Abbaye in Paris. It’s the most charming, with the most delicious homemade pastries you enjoy for breakfast in a magical garden. And it’s walking distance to everything, right in the heart of Saint Germain.

My favorite city in the world is: San Francisco

A concierge will know that I prefer: Restaurants the locals love.

My favorite hotel memory is: Staying in a private treehouse and waking up to monkeys and toucans at the Machaca Hill Rainforest Lodge in Belize.

I conquer jetlag by: Staying awake!

My biggest piece of travel advice is: Never pass up the opportunity to travel, even for a short time; it’s so important to take a pause from the craziness of daily life and have a change of scenery.


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