Travel Like a Fashion Designer – and How to See Italy in Five Days

Fashion designer Rubin Singer on his all-time top trips

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“I think of myself as the consummate traveler,” Rubin Singer says. “I always have my passport and a travel bag ready to go.” The New York City-based designer got the career boost of a lifetime in 2013 when Beyoncé sashayed onto the Super Bowl halftime stage in his leather-and-lace creation. He’s been busy ever since, continuing his line, dressing stars for the red carpet, presenting a collection at the Ritz Paris, and even staging a runway show on a Lufthansa flight earlier this year. In his downtime, Singer travels widely (Thailand is his favorite destination) and leaves the planning to his husband, Virtuoso travel advisor Carlos Melia. “I couldn’t imagine going anywhere without his advice and guidance,” Singer says. “He makes the experiences so fluid, exciting, and effortless.”

Here, a few of his favorite trips:

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  • “Above all, the most amazing travel experience I have ever had was when I met my husband and we took the Belmond Eastern and Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore. The magic of Belmond and the train was simply divine and totally unforgettable. It was like going back in time to an Agatha Christie novel. The experience was the most incredible five days of my life.”
  • “One of my most memorable trips was a three-week-long trip to China where we visited Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Staying at the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing was incredible. The best part was the secret door from the property right into the middle of the gardens of the Summer Palace. Also, visiting the gardens of Hangzhou was particularly amazing.”

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Beyoncé and Rubin Singer at the 2013 Super Bowl


  • “Another trip we took was a tour of Italy in five days. I had lived all over Europe and traveled almost everywhere except for Italy. Carlos thought this was unacceptable. Because of my busy work schedule, I only had five days free. He told me he would show me Italy in five days. I thought this would be impossible. It wasn’t. He organized everything so beautifully and seamlessly, from the transfers to the hotels and dinners that we actually got to see Rome, Tuscany, Florence, and Venice in this short time. It was an incredible journey filled with the greatest sites, tastes, and views of Italy: A perfect introduction to a magnificent country.”

Carlos and Rubin’s Whirlwind Italy Intro

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Carlos Melia and Rubin Singer sightsee in Venice


Hotel: The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma

Dinner at Imàgo at Hotel Hassler


Private car from Rome to Florence through Tuscany with a stop at Relais Borgo Santo Pietro for lunch.

Hotel: Belmond Villa San Michele

Dinner at Belmond Villa San Michele’s La Loggia Restaurant overlooking Florence


Hotel: Belmond Villa San Michele

Dinner at Il Palagio Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze


Hotel: Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Dinner at Ristorante Do Forni


Travel Like a Fashion Designer – and How to See Italy in Five Days. Rubin Singer in Paris.

Rubin Singer in Paris

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