Miles of Style
Whether she’s packing like a pro or
expertly dodging rush hour, lingerie mogul
Suzy Biszantz always flies fashionably.
The family of Suzy Biszantz has long been passionate about horse- racing, a sport whose signature vents, such as the Kentucky
Derby and the Breeders’ Cup, also happen
to be fashion touchstones. Now, as CEO of
La Perla — the 62-year-old Italian clothing
company whose fine lingerie is renowned
for its flawless fit, craftsmanship and elegant
femininity— Biszantz oversees what has
become a truly global luxury brand with
boutiques in over 150 locations around the
world. Whether for business or pleasure,
Biszantz is often on the (very stylish) move.
JWM: What are your usual business
Suzy Biszantz: Milan, Miami, Los
Angeles, Chicago — home of our newly
renovated La Perla boutique — Boston and
JWM: Is there a piece of clothing that
makes travel easier for you?
SB: I love La Perla’s tailored black blazer. It
travels well and goes from day to evening.
JWM: What are your top travel tips?
SB: Take the time to get pre-screened for
airport security. It’s a game-changer: The
line is significantly shorter and you don’t
take anything out of your bags or remove
your shoes. Become an expert packer and
travel with a carry-on bag only. Fly nonstop
whenever possible. And pack a lightweight
cashmere sweater for the plane!
JWM: Are there any items you don’t
leave home without?
SB: My iPad. I use it to catch up on my
emails and my reading, and to Face Time
with my three kids.
JWM: Is there anything you routinely
pack that you later realize you could
SB: I always pack workout clothes and running shoes. I have great intentions, but it is
the rare business trip when I find the time.
JWM: What do you prefer for reading
and entertainment while you travel?
SB: Having The Wall Street Journal or
USA Today delivered in the morning is
definitely a treat. I enjoy reading a little bit
about a wide variety of topics: international
news, finance, travel, etc. There are always
a few articles I read from start to finish that
give me something outside my current work
life to think about. On most flights, I catch
up on reading and prep for the meetings I
am traveling for. On longer international
flights, I enjoy watching a movie I may have
missed in theaters. I also loved listening to
the “Serial” podcast during my travels and
am eagerly awaiting the next season.
JWM: Have you ever had any travel
experiences where everything seemed
to go wrong, but the trip still ended
up being wonderful?
SB: I arrived at JFK for a flight to Milan
only to find out that my passport expired in
just under 90 days. I was surprised to learn
that you’re not able to fly with a passport
that close to expiration. I had to find an
express passport service in NYC and catch
the last flight to Milan the next day to make
it in time for an important La Perla meeting.
To avoid rush-hour traffic, I had to charter
a helicopter to JFK. Who knew you could
get to JFK from the city in 6 minutes? It
was the most glamorous commute I’ve ever
had — and I was right on time for my 9 a.m.
meeting the next morning in Milan! [
“TO AVOID RUSH HOUR,
I HAD TO CHARTER A
HELICOPTER ... IT WAS
THE MOST GLAMOROUS