“How I Travel” With R.M. Williams’ Chief Design Officer Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen

The chief design and product officer for R.M. Williams shares her lifelong love affair with the French capital.

You’re going to Paris – is it work or play?

I’m heading to Paris this month with my team [R.M. Williams is the creator of the official ceremonial uniform for the Australian Paralympians] then I plan to have a solo holiday after the work portion is done.

Pond in the garden of the Tuileries

What do you love most about the city?

How the French honour tradition and ritual. There’s something so beautiful about a culture that values taking a pause to sit still and enjoy lunch, to rest, to people-watch.

Paris, France

Where are you most excited about visiting?

My personal all-time favourite thing to see are the Monets at the Musée de l’Orangerie – it’s something everybody who goes to Paris has to experience.

Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris

Where are you staying?

Hôtel L de Lutèce, on Île Saint Louis. It’s a family-run hotel and they have the best breakfasts.

Hôtel L de Lutèce, Paris

Proper French pastry! Where else do you plan to eat?

Marché des Enfants Rouges in the Marais. It’s an amazing open-air food market where you can sample delicious bits and pieces.

French pastry

Do you have a hard-won luggage hack?

Soft luggage gives you way more wiggle room on the weight limit.

I have to ask, if you could only take one pair of shoes with you…

Ha! Definitely my R.M. Williams yearling boots. I walk a lot in Paris and they’re so comfortable but also versatile – perfect for day or night. What’s in your carry-on? My laptop and phone and a notepad. My phone is a visual diary because I’m constantly taking pictures and screenshots for inspiration. A longhaul flight is a great opportunity to calibrate and reflect.

R.M. Williams boots

What are you picking up while you’re in the city?

Okay, this is a bit weird but I have a real penchant for pharmacies, especially foreign ones. I’ll always find something exciting in a French pharmacy.

Chamomile tea

Do you have a travel wellness routine?

I drink a cup of chamomile tea every night at home and I continue that when I’m away.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home?

Cuddle my family then make a cup of tea.

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SEE ALSO: How to See the Best of Paris for Free

Image credit: Joann Pai. Sophie Crépyy

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