What Daniëlle Kempen Packs for a Trip with Her Family

Daniëlle is a stylist who cofounded Studio Batik with her husband, William Los. She serves as the studio’s artistic director. The couple travel the world with their daughter, Billy Gray, making memories as a family. Daniëlle sat down with us to talk about her travel routine.

Photos: Sophie van der Perre in Hydra

What do you take with you when you travel?
A black suitcase that’s very organized—and often too heavy.

What three items do you never leave home without?
When I’m traveling with my family, I take small travel cubes—they’re a game changer!—clean underwear, and a little bag that holds three stones that protect me.

Do you put together outfits in advance or do you prefer to improvise?
I always improvise. I prefer it that way because I never know in advance what I’m going to feel like wearing.

What do you wear to the airport?
I like to wear comfortable sweatpants and a warm sweatshirt.

Daniëlle is wearing the SHANING shirt (Annie print) ; William is wearing the SONOMA t-shirt (in white) and the SNOPDOG denim (in écru) ; Billy is wearing the SPYWOOD dungarees (in écru).

What are your favorite American Vintage pieces for travel?
For me, layering is key. Sweatpants, a T-shirt, a sweatshirt or knit sweater. But I must say that AMV’s denims are super comfortable and soft. They’re exactly the kind of piece I could wear on the plane. As for my daughter Billy, I always bring a lot of changes of clothes because you never know what can happen.

What is it like to travel with a child?
Everything changes when you become a parent, including how you travel. You learn to see the world through a child’s eyes. Everything takes a little longer, and that can sometimes be a bit stressful. You need to know how to be patient and tell yourself that sometimes taking time can also have its advantages.

Billy is wearing the SPYWOOD dungarees (in écru).

Can you tell us a little about your trips?
We recently went to Hydra, an island in Greece. It’s a place that feels like it’s frozen in time. There are no cars—people get around on horses and donkeys. William and I had first visited three years earlier. At the time I was pregnant with Billy, and my friend Sophie van der Perre had organized a photo session. Three years later, we went back with our daughter. So you could say we’ve come full circle.

Daniëlle is wearing the SHANING shirt (Annie print).

On the main image, Daniëlle is wearing the ZAKDAY cardigan (in ouragan chiné) ; William is wearing the DEVON t-shirt (in chamois vintage) and the PADOW shirt (in écru vintage) ; Billy is wearing the FIZVALLEY t-shirt (in white) couleur blanc and the BOBYPARK shorts (in pink acide fluo).


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