Five Expat Designers Share the Prized Possessions They Bring Back From a Trip Home

These items, handpicked by these arbiters of taste, provide a personal glimpse into global cultural capitals.

After a long hiatus, travelers can once again explore global hubs incubating the future of design. And who better to provide insight into your new favorite destinations than the creatives born and raised there? We asked five expats who have established careers around the world what they bring back in their carry-ons when they visit their hometowns. Their eclectic selections—everything from home appliances and food products to figurines and fashions—offer windows into the homes and hearts of global cultural capitals.

Junior Sealy’s Tokens of Barbados

Barbados-born designer Junior Sealy is the founder of retail brand L A B & iD.

Shanghai-born Licheng Ling is the founder of luxury loungewear brand Homeism.

Urvi Sharma is a furniture designer from New Delhi.

Ini Archibong is a designer from suburban Pasadena, California and currently lives in Switzerland.


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