"The idea for the stripes actually came from the ones you see on vintage luggage and old travel cases," said Martin Cooper of the decorations in his travel-themed Spring 2013 collection for Belstaff, the second offering since the brand's relaunch earlier this year. "I just love the romanticism things like that evoke."
But this collection didn't just evoke the glamorous feeling of traveling in the past, it re-created it. Cooper dug deep into the Belstaff archives, dusted off its classic Trialmaster jacket and updated it with stripes and a more feminine shape. He affixed silk jumpsuits with with leather accents and toughened up shirtdresses with brass snap buttons. Some of the looks came down the runway with generously sized bags that could serve as carry-on luggage in a pinch, which helped reinforce the feeling that the Belstaff woman has places to go.