Lifestyle Wanderlust the March 2018 issue

Traveler’s Briefcase: March 2018

Mark & Graham pouches, Audi Q5s, and a luxury retreat in China
By Carrie Williamson Posted on February 28, 2018

Mark & Graham’s leather pouches have long been a favorite of stylish globetrotters. They are great for stashing keys, sunglasses and other travel sundries. You can throw them into a carry-on bag and easily get to what you need. For traveling techies, Mark & Graham has now introduced the Commute Clutch, a zippered leather pouch that has interior compartments for credit cards, tech cords and cables and a power bank. The clutch is made of imported leather, comes in sky blue, charged pink and other fun colors and can be monogrammed.

Last year, Audi acquired Silvercar, a company that revolutionized the industry with an app that streamlines the car-rental process and offers a fleet of silver Audi A4 sedans equipped with complimentary GPS, Wi-Fi, SiriusXM satellite radio and fair toll pricing. The company is now expanding. In response to requests from business travelers who want a larger vehicle for leisure travel, the company is adding Audi Q5 SUVs to its fleet and replacing all Audi A4s with the swish 2017 model. You can rent a Q5 in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando and Salt Lake City. The SUV will be available in all 18 locations by July 2018. Silvercar also plans to launch operations at five new airport locations in the next six months, including San Diego and Tampa.

Amanyangyun, Aman’s fourth destination in China, debuted in January. The ultra-luxury resort and holistic retreat is part of 15-year architectural and ecological conservation project. Set in a relocated forest of ancient camphor trees outside Shanghai, the light-filled suites, villas and pavilions are nestled in a reconstructed historic village of 50 Ming and Qing dynasty houses. The holistic wellness facilities—the state-of-the-art Aman Spa and a fitness center—focus on nutrition, movement, beauty, and emotional and spiritual well-being.

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