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Travel Like a Supermodel

She’s sauntered down hundreds of runways and graced the covers of every notable magazine on the newsstand. She’s raised kids, traveled the world, and mastered both sides of the camera. She’s even modeled G. Label. Twice. Elaine Irwin, you could say, hasn’t lived a typical model’s life.

“I’m always up for an adventure,” says the model in what is likely a gross understatement. (She also used to race cars.) “Traveling and exploring new places is one of my passions and a favorite thing to do,” she says. Another passion to add to the list of things she’s preternaturally good at: collecting and selling mid-century modern Danish furniture. So it follows that when we asked her what her favorite place (okay, one of them) was, she didn’t miss a beat. Copenhagen. The Danish capital—and the minimalism capital of the world—is never far from her itinerary. “I keep a bag of toiletries and travel accessories packed so I am ready for a last-minute getaway,” she says.

Elaine Irwin’s Copenhagen

Elaine Irwin’s Copenhagen

“Copenhagen is great for design, amazing food, and exceptional furniture finds. It’s my favorite place to go hunting for unique pieces and lighting while also getting a chance to check out some of the world’s best restaurants. The summer months are particularly spectacular.”

  1. STAY

    Hotel Nimb is my favorite place to stay in the city. In addition to its great design, it’s located in the Tivoli Gardens, which is a magical place. It’s a mix between an amusement park and a street festival set up amid beautiful architecture and greenery.”

  2. Hotel Nimb
  3. EAT

    “The restaurants in Denmark are extraordinary—you really can’t go wrong. But the Nimb hotel Brasserie, Geist, and Studio at the Standard are a few of my favorites.”

  4. Nimb hotel Brasserie
  5. DRINK

    Ruby and Lidkoeb are excellent cocktail bars to soak up the city’s atmosphere.”

  6. Ruby and Lidkoeb Cocktail Bar
  7. Activities and shopping

    “Nyhavn is Copenhagen’s harbor area, the perfect place to walk around and explore some of the great little shops and local food. You can even rent a boat to see the city by water. Bredgade is the street I go to for authentic Danish furniture. This is where you’ll find the Danish Design Museum and some of my favorite stores, such as KLASSIK Moderne Møbelkunst, Architect Made, By Malene Birger, and Cold Heggem.”

  8. Nyhavn Copenhagen’s harbor

What Elaine’s Packing

What Elaine’s Packing

“I like to pack light, so I make sure everything in my suitcase is versatile and can go from day to night—you never know what adventures lie ahead. For me, G. Label is the epitome of travel style: elevated essentials for every occasion. No need to overpack; just pack well.”

  1. Carry On

  2. ILIA Lip CONDITIONER ILIA Lip CONDITIONER
    ILIA
    LIP CONDITIONER
    goop, $28

    “The perfect neutral shade.”

  3. Balmyard Beauty LIP + Cheek tint Balmyard Beauty LIP + Cheek tint
    Balmyard Beauty
    LIP + Cheek tint
    goop, $32

    “A great two-in-one.”

  4. goop by Juice Beauty Face Oil goop by Juice Beauty Face Oil
    goop by Juice Beauty
    Face Oil
    goop, $110

    “It moisturizes and
    give a little sheen.”

  1. goop x Graf Lantz travel case goop x Graf Lantz travel case
    goop x Graf Lantz
    Travel Case
    goop, $56

    “Because your iPad wants
    to look good, too!”

  2. 2XU Socks 2XU Socks
    2XU
    Socks
    goop, $50

    “Perfect for long flights.”

  3. Goop Wellness variety pack Goop Wellness variety pack
    goop Wellness
    variety pack
    goop, $30

    “To combat jet lag.”

  1. Checked Suitcase

  2. G. Label Mel Jeans G. Label Mel Jeans
    G. Label
    Mel Jeans
    goop, $295

    “The white is my favorite, but I love all the colors.”

  3. Rimowa Check-In L Rimowa Check-In L
    Rimowa
    Check-In L
    Rimowa, $900

    “Check or carry on—you can’t go wrong with this one.”

  4. G. Label Amanda Bodysuit G. Label Amanda Bodysuit
    G. Label
    Amanda Bodysuit
    goop, $175

    “Perfect with everything.”

  1. Emme Parsons Sandals Emme Parsons Sandals
    Emme Parsons
    Sandals
    goop, $395

    “These are another favorite, so feminine and elegant.”

  2. G. Label Natalie Trench Coat G. Label Natalie Trench Coat
    G. Label
    Natalie Trench Coat
    goop, $795

    “It’s the ultimate travel essential—lightweight, classic, elegant.”

  3. Castaner wedges Castaner wedges
    Castañer
    wedges
    goop, $180

    “Great for cobblestone streets.”

  1. G. Label Strappy Maillot G. Label Strappy Maillot
    G. Label
    Strappy Maillot
    goop, $285

    “Chic and elegant for an underwater adventure or relaxing by the pool.”

  2. G. label Callie Long Cardigan G. label Callie Long Cardigan
    G. Label
    Callie Long Cardigan
    goop, $188

    “To throw over everything.”

  3. Ampersand As Apostrophe tote Ampersand As Apostrophe tote
    Ampersand As Apostrophe
    Tote
    goop, $680

    “I love the cobalt.”

  1. Lunya Romper Lunya Romper
    Lunya
    Romper
    goop, $168

    “A super versatile piece for the plane or pool.”

  2. Alexandre Birman Sandals Alexandre Birman Sandals
    Alexandre Birman
    Sandals
    goop, $595

    “The ankle ties are particularly elegant.”

  3. G. Label Nina Crewneck Dress G. Label Nina Crewneck Dress
    G. Label
    Nina Crewneck Dress
    goop, $695

    “Great for daytime city exploring with flats and can go straight to dinner by adding great earrings or strappy heels.”

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