There are few things in this world that in the same extent are associated with the nostalgic luxury of traveling as the Orient Express. Partly, it is the mythical mood that Agatha Christie managed to create in her novel. A mood that has later been developed in the movies and series with Hercule Poirot.
Today we look for the inspiration from the luxury of traveling with the Orient Express, with an outfit that represents much of the clothing from the 1930s. A chalk-striped suit, together with button boots and a Fedora hat are all both stylish and suitable clothing for traveling on board on the Orient Express. For evening activities we would also like to suggest that you bring your tuxedo.
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On 10th of November was the worldwide premier of the newly produced Murder on the Orient express, with Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot and Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham.
From the first produced movie of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The movie is from 1974 with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot.
The inspiration to the outfit above; a campaign from the 1980s with Belmond and what is today called the “Orient Express”, the Luxury Charter line “Venice Simplon-Orient Express”.
The original meaning of the Orient Express was the line between Paris and Istanbul, which was in use between 1883-1977. Although the original Orient Express was a usual train service for “ordinary people”, since the 1930s the name has become synonymous with luxury travels. From 1982 the name Orient Express is used for the Luxury Charter line Venice Simplon-Orient Express, that mainly goes between Paris and Venice. But it also travels between other destinations in western and eastern Europe, for example London and Istanbul.
From the July edition of Esquire Apparel Arts from 1934, in which the the chalk-striped flannel suit is entitled “the ultimate travel attire”. One of Laurence Fellows timeless illustrations.
A close-up from the flannel suit in the picture at the top. The warm flannel fabric is perfect now as the winter makes its entrance.
British luggage-makers Globe-Trotter was established in 1897 and has a whole collection inspired by the luxury of traveling on board of the Orient Express.
When it comes to the Victorian era, there are no shoes that more representative for the era than Button Boots.
A man in Button Boots from year 1915.
Geo F. Trumpers Marlborough Cologne is one of the fragrances that represent the classical english scents from the Victorian era. The fragrance was launched in 1877 and is a woody and aromatic cologne with notes of lavender, cedar and geranium.
Geo F. Trumper’s exklusive boutique on 97 Jermyn Street in London. Geo F Trumper was established in 1875 and was one of Ian Fleming’s personal favorites among brands.
Cartier’s iconic watch model Tank celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The watch was created by Louis Cartier in 1917 and was inspired by the tanks that he saw on the battlefields in the first world war. Since then many different versions of the watch have been made, of which Tank Louis from 1922 and Tank Americaine from 1989 are two of the models.
In the move The Son of the Sheik from year 1926, style icon Rudolph Valentino can be seen wearing a Cartier Tank watch. Valentino was so fond of his watch that he refused to take it of during the filming of the movie, although it hardly is representative for the time era of the movie. Since then many stars have used Cartier Tank both in private and on the movie screen.