Perfect pairs: Pack like a pro for Labor Day weekend

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Labor Day is here — the last big celebration of summer. We asked six Chicago tastemakers where they are heading this weekend and what is the one must-have item they can’t leave home without. Here are their travel plans and packing essentials.

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich. |

Sandro Miller,photographer and director

Destination: Honeymooning in Mackinac Island for the Jazz Festival — after a 4,500-mile motorcycle ride through Colorado, the Black Hills in South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Packing must-have: His Nikon D800 camera, available at Calumet Photographic, 750 N. Rush. “It shoots both stills and videos,” he says.

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Rachel De Marte, event planner

Rose gold flat sandals by Ivy Kirzhner

Rachel De Marte, event planner

Destination: New Buffalo, Mich. “It’s the perfect mix of lake and beach, vineyards, antique barns and great food,” she says.

Packing must-have: Rose gold flat sandals by Ivy Kirzhner from Sarca. “They go with everything,” De Marte said.

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Flurry Sheath by Miriam Dixon

Miriam Dixon

Miriam Dixon, fashion designer

Destination:Hawaii. Specifically Lahaina, on the island of Maui, for her honeymoon.

Packing must-have: “I always travel with my Flurry Sheath from my clothing line. You throw it on and you instantly feel put together and ready for anything,” she says.

Chef Bill Kim fishes in Thousand Islands, NY.

Bill Kim, executive chef and owner of bellyQ, Urban Belly and Belly Shack

Pocket Guide to Knots

Bill Kim, executive chef and owner of bellyQ, Urban Belly and Belly Shack

Destination: Fishing in Thousand Islands, NY. “Fishing is so peaceful,” Kim says. “All I think about is, ‘What are the fish thinking about?’ Watching the giant Osprey going after the same thing I am going after is fun.”

Packing must-have: His “Pocket Guide to Knots,” available at Barnes & Noble at 1441 W. Webster.

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Fedora hat

Katie Schuppler

Katie Schuppler, stylist for Whitney Reynolds of “The Whitney Reynolds Show”

Destination: Greenville, South Carolina

Packing must-have: Fedora hat, available at ShopMagStyle. “It goes great with an off-the-shoulder tee and cut-offs or with a swimsuit and flip-flops,” she says.

Grand Beach, Mich.

Alexander McQueen cashmere and silk scarf

Kelly Golden

Kelly Golden, owner of Neapolitan

Destination: Grand Beach, Mich.

Packing must-have: Alexander McQueen cashmere and silk scarf, available at Neapolitan Collection. “I throw it on at night to keep me warm and add a bit of fashion to my otherwise casual attire,” Golden says.

Kristin Larson is a local free-lance writer.


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