Five for the Road

The founder of minimalist NYC label Alex Mill shares his favorite items to take exploring.

Whether it's a weekend getaway or an international expedition, packing is rarely fun. With his line Alex Mill, menswear designer Alex Drexler is aiming to simplify the process, and make it more enjoyable, too. "The brand started because it was hard to find a great, simple shirt," says Drexler, for whom fashion is something of a birthright; his father is the current chairman and CEO of J.Crew. "The pursuit of the perfect shirt evolved into making the men's essential uniform." At Alex Mill, that means cozy twill herringbone shirts, hand-washed denim, and thick moleskin sportcoats. Because the label is based on consistency, it's a no-brainer for those living out of a suitcase. Here, Drexler shares his personal essentials for when it's time to hit the road.

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1 Tanker Overnighter

Drexler looks to historic Japanese accessories brand Yoshida & Co.—they're behind the much-loved bag label Porter—for his travel pack. "I love the design of this Porter bag," says Drexler. "It's made of a really cool nylon fabric, I've had this one for three or four years."


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2 Sunglasses

It's hard to explore a city if you can't see for squinting—and Drexler trusts old-school NYC eyewear shop A.R. Trapp with his frames. "It's a really cool glasses place on Madison Avenue," he says. "Everything is customized and the craftsmanship is amazing."


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3 Pinstriped Polyester Jacket

Comme des Garçons's Homme Deux is one of the brand's lesser-known labels, and Drexler relies on their Pinstriped Polyester Jacket as his go-to: "It's not too fashion-y," he says. "It's very low key."


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4 Poplin Shirt

Drexler can't travel without representing his home team, and the silhouette that started his brand—the perfect cotton shirt—is still his go-to. "The wash is very special," Drexler states. "It has a nice feel to it."


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5 Original Achilles

Alex Mill and Common Projects have a good bit in common as brands—consistency, namely—and Drexler admires Common Projects for its clean, simple silhouettes. "I always wear the gray pair of Achilles," he says. "That completes my uniform."


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6 Macbook Pro

When it comes to business: "the iPhone is great for Internet searching and e-mail," says Drexler, "But I prefer using a laptop for versatility." Drexler's business goes wherever he does, on a high-resolution retina display.


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