What’s in my travel bag - Jean Christophe Babin
Written by Libby Banks
As Bulgari’s CEO, Jean Christophe Babin has a job that requires travel to all four corners of the globe, often within a dizzyingly short period of time. Last year was especially busy as Bulgari celebrated its 130-year anniversary.
Jean Christophe Babin joined Bulgari in 2013 after a 12-year tenure as CEO at LVMH stablemate TAG Heuer. There is no such thing as a typical week for Babin, and any given month can require him to cover five continents. This has enabled him to hone his travel habits down to a fine art.
“I always love a window seat because I love daydreaming,” he says. “As a kid I always wanted to be a pilot because you get to see the planet every day from 10,000ft, so I would never ever swap my window seat for any other seat in the plane.” Music is essential for a long-haul flight and he estimates that he has “something like 30GB of music on my iPad at the moment”.
Bulgari Boston Bag: I never ever travel without it – it’s so elegant and perfect if you want to avoid checking in luggage. I always try to travel light.
Thomas Pink shirts: Even though the brand is famous for its colourful shirts, I only wear white. That way you can wear it with any tie or suit.
Sennheiser MM 450-X wireless headphones: These noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute lifesaver when you’re on the move and need to shut off from the rest of the world.
Vilebrequin swimming shorts: I always take a pair of swimming shorts from Vilebrequin wherever I go. If I can spare even 30 minutes in the morning to swim, I’ll head to the pool so that I can relax and focus my mind.
Bulgari Man in Black Eau de Parfum: I am never without Bulgari Man in Black; I think it’s the perfect finishing touch. bulgari.com
7 For All Mankind jeans: It’s always important to bring some casualwear, and I am a big fan of 7 For All Mankind jeans. 7forallmankind.com
The Times of My Lifeby Jack Heuer: You will probably laugh, but the next thing on my reading list is the autobiography of Jack Heuer, the founder of TAG Heuer. The book was published after I left the company, but I worked on it so I’m keen to read it!