When I was on one of my nightly strolls with my husband through Old Town Pasadena, we walked passed Distant Lands, an amazing travel bookstore that’s existed since 1989. We walk by this store often and always, I check it off as a travel bookstore and a bookstore alone. A great one, mind you. But since my focus here is fashion, I’ve skipped over it as a possible post. Until I realized how many clothing and accessory items they have. They are a travel clothing store, too!
If you’re a traveler, then I’m sure you’ve perused Distant Lands’ aisles before. But have you ever stopped to check out their travel items? While the bookstore opened in 1989, Distant Lands Travel Outfitters, a clothing, accessory, and luggage line that offers customers durable and functional travel items was launched in 1995. And thank goodness. Not too often do you come across travel purposed items in your average retail store. Packable, lightweight, durable, comfortable–the very things Distant Lands Travel Outfitters strives to provide for its customers in its travel items.
Like this CompressLite Packaway Jacket for $80. The entire jacket is insulated, including the hood; it packs away in its own small sack; and the sleeves and hood come with elastic that helps keep out the cold. Brilliant! Or the Baggallini Wallet Bagg for $54.95. A purse built for the traveling woman. Worn multiple ways, this large bag has enough room to store all your everyday (and travel) items, along with being lightweight and made with water resistant fabric. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors like tomato, khaki, espresso, or charcoal.
Other accessories include travel soap ($3), lint rollers ($5), sewing kits ($4), laundry lines ($6.99), and clothing and gear repellent ($6.99). Not to mention endless luggage, bag, and wallet options. Like the Osprey Beta Port ($100), a “streamlined, technically sophisticated flap style courier bag designed with access to and interaction with 21st Century electronic devises as a priority, and built to enhance the daily experience of moving through the world, however you chose [to] do it” (www.distantlands.com).
Be warned. Entering this shop might have you purchasing more than travel clothes and accessories. It might lead to several unexpected travel plans. But who’s complaining?
Distant Lands is located at 20 S. Raymond Ave. in Old Town Pasadena. Click here for their website.