Certain companies become almost inseparable from the towns where they’re based. Many people had never heard of Cupertino before Apple established its headquarters there. But now if I wanted to send a fanboy letter to Jonathan Ive, the address “1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA” is indelibly etched into my brain. Nike has a similar connection with its hometown of Beaverton, Oregon. For Burton Snowboards that place is Burlington, Vermont. Jake Burton Carpenter founded the company out of his Vermont garage in 1977, and the brand that bears his name has remained in the Green Mountain State ever since. Situated just an hour’s drive from Stowe Mountain Resort, Burton employees even get a “powder day” off from work if it snows more than two feet in 24 hours. Just one of the reasons why we decided to collab with Burton this year for our Burton x Playboy collection.
For Burton’s chief creative officer Greg Dacyshyn, Burlington is a great place to call home and where he goes to decompress, but he is also prone to the travel bug. “I’m definitely a travelin’ man. I need to see what’s going on.” While Dacyshyn respects the quote from designer Paul Smith that “You can find inspiration in everything,” he also recognizes how important it is to get out and see everything in order to draw that inspiration.
Travel is a huge part of Dacyshyn’s creative process, both for the things he sees and the people he meets. He frequently visits New York and Tokyo and has established a solid network in those places so that he doesn’t feel like a tourist. At the same time, he makes a point to get out of the bubble and venture to new spots. “It’s great to see good friends and hit the usual spots, but it’s also nice to go off by yourself and get lost for awhile. I make sure to do that all the time.”
Dacyshyn isn’t what you’d call a minimalist traveler. “I bring way too much stuff. My philosophy is if you’re going to check a bag, you might as well check two of them,” he says. To find out what he puts in those bags, we asked Dacyshyn to share his travel essentials.
BURTON X NEIGHBORHOOD WHEELIE DOUBLE DECK
“Good luggage is the key to making your trip successful,” Dacyshyn says. He swears by Burton’s bags, and it isn’t just a shameless plug. “I’ll leave with twice as much stuff as I came with and somehow it all manages to fit in my bag.” His current bag of choice is part of Burton’s collaboration with the Japanese streetwear brand Neighborhood. Printed with vintage stickers, it looks like a piece of luggage from an age when people dressed up to get on a plane. Aside from the visual appeal, the bag is also unmistakable when it comes out at baggage claim or in the unfortunate event that it gets lost by the airlines.
MASTER & DYNAMIC MH40 HEADPHONES
A self-described “headphone junkie” Dacyshyn has tried all of the major brands and his current favorites are these Master & Dynamics. “They’re a beautiful design with leather and metal, and the sound is incredible,” he says. The real test of his affection, though, is the fact that he’s managed to not lose them for more than a year-and-a-half. “I know if I’m able to hold onto something for more than a year, I must really like it.” Since he first picked up these headphones, Master & Dynamic has since released a wireless version, and Dacyshyn is eyeing those for his next purchase.
GORO’S LEATHER SATCHEL
Price unavailable To counterbalance everything that Dacyshyn stuffs into his checked luggage, his carry-on is quite minimal. Instead of wrestling a wheelie bag into an overhead compartment, Dacyshyn prefers a simple bag from the late Goro Takahashi. “It’s a man purse. I guess I gotta call it what it is. But it works very well for me because I can throw all my stuff from my pockets in there.” The renowned Japanese craftsman was known more for his silver jewelry, which established a cult following whose members include John Mayer and Eric Clapton, but Goro also made incredible leather goods, and Dacyshyn has had this bag, which is adorned with conchos and buffalo nickels, for a number of years.
BURTON AK457 PACKABLE DOWN JACKET
For Dacyschyn, a lightweight down or fleece jacket serves a lot more purposes than just wearing outside when it’s cold. It can also be a pillow or a mini sleeping bag. Basically it adds coziness wherever and whenever you need it, which is frequently when you travel. Dacyshyn is partial to the down jacket by Burton sub-brand Thirteen that is designed by Yosuke Aizawa, who is also the creative force behind revered Japanese brand White Mountaineering.
HERMES CHECKERS AND PLAYING CARDS
Price unavailable, hermes.com
“I don’t want to sound pretentious, but I’m into Hermés. They don’t whore out logos. They just make great things,” says Dacyshyn. “And they have that heritage of coming from horseback riding similar to how Burton comes from snowboarding. It’s very pure.” He had been eyeing the rosewood checkers set from the French luxury brand at the duty free shop in Japan for a couple of years before he finally pulled the trigger and purchased it. “I have no buyer’s remorse at all.” Both the playing cards and the checkers come in very handy when he meets someone on the plane who he connects with. “It takes you back to a time when travel was really civilized,” he says.
BOSE SOUNDLINK MINI 2 SPEAKER
While solid headphones are essential on the plane, Dacyshyn notes, “inevitably you want to have good tunes in your room for yourself or for when you bring people back.” He’s found the size and sound quality of the SoundLink 2 Mini tough to beat. “It can light up a room. Bose has some amazing technology.” In keeping with his maximal approach to packing, Dacyshyn often travels with not one, but two, speakers. He’ll throw the Bose in his carry-on satchel and keep a Bang & Olufsen speaker in his checked bag.
VISVIM CHRISTO SANDALS
Before starting Visvim, founder Hiroki Nakamura worked for Burton and he remains good friends with Dacyshyn, who is perhaps the most prominent fan of Visvim’s Christo sandals. “When people see them, they’re like, ‘Did you break both for you feet?’ They look like orthopedic shoes,” Dacyshyn says. “But I wear them constantly. For travel, they’re the best.” He estimates that he has 10 pairs of the sandals, some of which are one-of-ones, and because of them he doesn’t even think twice about taking his shoes off going through security. Dacyshyn is also noticing people start to come around to the look of the Christos. “Maybe they were ahead of their time, but I find these days more and more people are giving me props.”
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