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Packing for the Great Summer Escape

With the Fourth of July hours away, many city dwellers are packing up - or have already - for seaside sojourns.

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With the Fourth of July hours away, many city dwellers are packing up — or have already — for seaside sojourns. More often than not, such summer jaunts call for casual clothes, but 10 design insiders won’t leave behind their personal style. Here’s a look at what they plan to stow away as they slip out of town.

Vera Wang

The Loot: Leggings.

“My collection of cashmere knits.”

“And T-shirts — let’s be really honest here.”

Summer shift dresses. “I take a few cues from my fat years.”

The Skinny: “It’s the way I like to dress in the summer and when I’m in Palm Beach [Fla.]. I have lived a resort life for a long time, although I won’t be any more. I won’t be going anywhere for years with everything that is going on [at work].”

Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

The Loot: “One of my mom’s necklaces.”

A purse. “I have to bring a purse because [my sister] Cate won’t carry one.”

A cardigan of some sort.

Sundries: A good book and “a lot of music, because I am always changing what I listen to.”

The Skinny: “Cate and I like traveling to places we have never been before. When we can’t do that, we spend all our free time in the San Francisco Bay Area where we grew up. We’ll go to all the nearby beach towns like Monterey, Carmel and Capitola. This summer we’re just working on our collection. If we go anywhere, it will be last-minute.”

Tina Chai

The Loot: A.P.C. ballerina flats.

Thakoon cream-striped jacquard dress with two straps.

Comme des Garçons fuchsia watercolor floral printed skirt.

“Striped T-shirt I got from Okura in Tokyo.”

APC blue plaid Madras collection dress.

Isabel Marant gray sweatshirt and J. Crew chinos.

The Skinny: “I love going to all the different ponds in Truro [Mass., on Cape Cod], playing tennis and eating fried clams.”

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Amanda Brooks

The Loot: Seventies surfer-style rainbow flip-flops.

Black Eres one-piece bathing suit with boy-short bottoms.

Seventies, hippy paisley wrap skirts.

Sundries: “I always take a book. Right now I’m reading ‘Inherited Risk: Errol and Sean Flynn in Hollywood and Vietnam.’ And ’24’ DVDs — I’m obsessed.”

The Skinny: “We go to the North Fork of Long Island. It’s easy.”

Maria Cornejo

The Loot: “Three are members of my family.”

One of her bubble dresses in linen.

Orange double-layered shorts.

Marni bikini.

Sundries: Flip-flops and sun protection.

The Skinny: “We like going to Shelter Island [off New York’s Long Island]. The water is instant meditation for me. There is something very soothing about the water — whether it is being near a racing river or by the sea — just contemplating what it’s about.”

Doo-Ri Chung

The Loot: Scuba gear.

Black Calvin Klein string bikini and a purple Body Glove one.

Her oldest pair of Levi’s cutoffs.

Unis cotton dresses.

Sundries: “I shouldn’t, but I bring my computer — just in case.”

The Skinny: “I want it to be relaxing, so I like to dive or snorkel wherever I go.”

Stefani Greenfield, owner of Scoop

The Loot: A pareo.

A set of gold bangle bracelets.

Scoop velvet flip-flops.

Tracy Feith slipdress.

Tom Ford “Jennifer” sunglasses.

The Skinny: Nantucket, St. Barths, Harbor Island and Shelter Island top her list for weekend getaways. “I like to have absolutely no structure or plans — to be able to wear no makeup, a pareo, and relax with my husband, my baby and family and friends.”

June Ambrose

The Loot: Louis Vuitton tote.

Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

Cole Haan and Mui Mui lightweight tunics and caftans.

Sundries: “I take a break from my heels, relaxing on the sandy beaches at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Spa in my Jimmy Choo thong sandals.

The Skinny: “My husband and I often escape to St. Thomas, it’s close and not as crowded as South Beach [Miami]. This is the destination for good food, such as Hervé Chassin’s French cuisine, and for relaxation and amazing recreation.”

Sara Albrecht, owner of Ultimo

The Loot: Giambattista Valli dress. “A dress is an entire outfit.”

“The perfect shoe — Manolos. It’s always a heel. I don’t care if I’m going to the pool or for a walk.”

A small, square metallic Kotur evening bag. “It’s tiny, but it fits a lot of stuff.”

Big hoop earrings.

Sundries: “Of course, sexy lingerie from La Perla.”

The Skinny: “I keep a bag of stuff that I only travel with and I decide at the last minute which dress to take. You get a formula. Now I need to go somewhere.”

Nicole Miller

The Loot: Calypso sarong.

Billabong Camo surf shorts.

Gogo Ferguson turquoise and silver jewelry.

Nicole Miller linen and snake beach bag.

Sundries: Archipelago botanical soy lotion milk skin moisturizer.

The Skinny: Away from her showroom and the party circuit, the designer keeps the dress code casual. “I waterski and cook. I love to have friends over when I am at the beach.”

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