Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers: Indré Rockefeller

July 13, 2018

Meet Indré Rockefeller, the co-founder and creative director of Paravel. This chic luggage brand (made in Italy with waterproof cotton canvas and Italian leather) is a must-have for your next trip. We caught up with Indré outside The Mark Hotel in NYC to talk all things travel!


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START PARAVEL?

Paravel was inspired by a desire to create luggage that isn’t an afterthought. My Co-Founder Andy and I set out to build a brand rooted in the understanding that travel gear isn’t only about the pieces we keep in storage units or attics and interact with on luggage carousels at airports, but rather beautifully designed pieces that serve as an extension of our everyday lives.


WHAT MAKES PARAVEL DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LUGGAGE BRANDS?

I have spent most of my career working side by side with designers and craftsmen in the fashion industry, getting into the weeds of collections and product. The one thing that I always looked for was quality construction and inventive use of materials. Those two elements became the first pillars of Paravel when I started designing the bags. At Paravel we now combine expert Italian craftsmanship with time-tested natural materials that have been optimized for modern life (aka the overhead bin or the unexpected coffee spill) to be water repellent and spill resistant.

WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION?

My first source of inspiration for Paravel was my parents’ collection of National Geographic magazines from the 80s that I have “borrowed” indefinitely.

BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?

Take risks, make mistakes, learn from them then go take some more risks.

THREE THINGS ALWAYS IN YOUR CARRY-ON BAG?

I carry Paravel’s Week(ender) as my carry-on bag and always throw in a pair of warm socks and at least one of our Zip-top pouches, which usually has an eye mask, a phone charger, and Natura Bisse’s SOS rescue cream inside.

YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER TRAVEL DESTINATION:

Jackson Hole, Wyoming because of the crisp air, dramatic sunsets, and cowboy boots everywhere.

#1 TIP FOR BEATING JET LAG:

As tempting as a nap sounds, take a walk when you arrive, even if it’s just around the block.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?

Travel – everything about it. From the luggage I pack, to the people I meet, to the little side street I stumble upon in a strange city.

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN FIVE WORDS:

I’ll give you two: Mood dependent.

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?

A great night’s sleep.

GUILTY PLEASURE:

Very, very dark chocolate. I’ll tell you that I can go up to 90% but I won’t tell you how much I’ll eat in one sitting.

CAMO OR LEOPARD?

I love prints but unless these are listed as a dress code, pass. I prefer a floral over a feline.

RED LIP OR SMOKY EYE?

A lip + concealer. I find both have superpowers when I’m in a pinch.

UPTOWN OR DOWNTOWN?

Uptown.

VERONICA BEARD IS...

Effortless.