Vita Fede’s Cynthia Sakai Shares Her Travel Must-Haves

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Not only does Vita Fede designer Cynthia Sakai have a knack for creating gorgeous, easy-to-wear baubles that translate from the office to a black-tie gala with ease, she also knows a thing or two about jet-setting around the world—and packing a suitcase like a pro. With a whopping 154,000 Instagram followers, Sakai’s impeccable style and frequent travels for both business and inspiration have attracted a cult following. We tapped the super-chic designer for the beauty, tech and fashion must-haves that allow her to globe-trot in style, wherever her adventurous spirit takes her.

The Jewelry Designer's Jet-Set Essentials

Handy Camera

Sony A7 Full-Frame Camera, $1600

"I'm always on the go, so I need a camera that's lightweight and wifi accessible. The shooting quality of this one is amazing—I've yet to miss a great photo opportunity with it."

Luxe Lipstick

Chanel Lipstick in Gabrielle, $36

“I carry both a nude and red lipstick on me at all times. You never know when last-minute plans call for a red lip!"

Versatile Bling

Vita Fede Double Cubo Earring, $775

“If I’m traveling to a city for a short amount of time, these modern studs are my go-to—they're a day-to-night transitional must-have. I wear them to dress up jeans during the day and in the evening, they're the perfect punctuation for my LBD."

Packing Hack

Muji Foldable Mesh Garment Bags, $16-$26

“Sometimes I feel like I'm living out of my suitcase, and the only way to survive is by staying organized. These Muji bags are key for me. They let me systematically put away all my pants, shirts and skirts separately so when I get to the hotel there is no need to unpack.”

Instant Pick-Me-Up

MAC Mineralize Charging Water, $23

“I like to keep this resetting mist handy after a long flight or use it midday after back-to-back meetings. It's essential to reset my makeup and keep my skin feeling fresh for the rest of the day.”

Comfy Staple

Theory Enforcer Hoodie, $215

“Comfort and versatility are essential when traveling. A men's hoodie can substitute as an eye mask and PJs at any moment.”

Perfect Pouch

Vita Fede Jewelry Travel Pouch, $325

“I always remove my jewelry when I'm on long flights or traveling in general. This pouch is a convenient and compact alternative to tossing loose jewelry in my bag."

Signature Scent

Byredo Bal D'Afrique Travel Spray, $110

"I discovered these travel-sized fragrances while I was in Paris a few years ago and fell in love. They're the perfect size. I always have one in my purse wherever I am in the world."

Chic Sneaks

Saint Laurent Classic Court Sneaker, $595

“I’m very into classic white sneakers at the moment. Right now I have Saint Laurent Classic Court sneakers, New Balance 620s and Adidas Superstars in rotation.”

Skin Essentials

SK-II Pitera Essential Set, $105

“On lengthy flights I like to take my makeup off and apply a moisturizing pack. A quick serum-and-mask combo keeps my skin moisturized and glowing.”