Chic Traveler:  Marlien Rentmeester

Occupation:  Founder, LE CATCH and West Coast Bureau Chief, Lucky Magazine

Hometown:  Los Angeles

Marlien Rentmeester is Lucky Magazine’s West Coast Editor and the Founder of LE CATCH.  Marlien is widely admired for her masterful mixing of high, low and vintage clothing that defines her personal style.  She shares her must-have online shopping finds and her expert advice about how to get dressed on the very shop-able (and addictive) LE CATCH.

Dream destination?

Capri (been there) and Corsica (never been!).

What’s always inside your carry on?

My jewelry case, an extra pair of socks (in case my feet get cold on the plane), Purel, a great book and too many magazines.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

Drinking wine at lunch.

The Stephanie Johnson bag / bags that always make the trip?

The Laura Large Trapezoid gets the most play, since my work trips are often a just few days long.  I can squeeze everything into this bag–and feel like I am doing it in style.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

New York, Paris, and London for the street fashion.

Any travel misadventures you’d like to share?

Stephanie and I once missed a connecting flight from Madrid to New York by seconds.  I was sad and frustrated because I was eager to get back to my kids and husband.  Stephanie took control of the situation and said, “Let’s make the best of it.”  The next thing I know we’re in a taxi heading to the Hotel Ritz in Madrid.  We checked in, put down our bags, toured the Prado museum next door, went out for a great dinner and caught a flight home the next morning.  It was the best travel misadventure I’ve had to date!

If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?

Anything and everything, because all the prints are chic and every style is super functional. You simply can’t go wrong!

What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as a gift?

One of the pouches because they’re multi-purpose–and incredibly chic.

Is there a favorite possession you’ve acquired during your travels? 

I’ve brought home everything from dishware (I once stuffed my carry-on with a 5-piece set from Paris!) to vintage clothing to a Moroccan rug!

Favorite travel ritual or souvenir?

I love shopping the local flea markets and coming home with an authentic souvenir or ten.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

My iPhone–and running sneakers (the best way to see a new city)!

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

New York City, my hometown.  The minute I land at JFK I feel my cells dancing!

First drink in the air:  H2O, champagne or OJ?

Water, then some wine to quell the nerves.

Checked bag or carry on?

Carry-on, if I can get away with it–which is infrequently!

On your reading list?

Rules of Civility (just finished Gone Girl–loved it!).

Favorite in-flight pastime?

Reading magazines and the latest bestseller.  I also love watching movies, because I never get to the theater.  Somehow, no matter how cheesy the movie, I always end up crying.

Current favorite getaway?

Napa, Malibu, Aspen, Westhampton Beach.

Window or aisle?


Go-to flying ‘uniform?’

Jeans, flats, some type of heavy cardigan and a cashmere scarf.  I always freeze on plane!

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

The Laura Large Trapezoid in Turin (I will use it as a clutch), the Jenny Train Case in Turks and Caicos (love the texture and roominess!) and the Malibu Navy Large Pouch (so sleek!).