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TRAVEL TIP: Sir Paul Smith hosted a dinner in Paris for the top brass of GQ magazine and Condé Nast International executives on Monday night.

The event at the Hôtel d’Évreux, a private mansion on Place Vendôme, kicked off a two-day conference for 19 editions of GQ, including sessions on digital development.

GQ France’s editor in chief Emmanuel Poncet, American GQ senior stylist Will Welch and Karina Dobrotvorskaya, president of brand development for Condé Nast International were among attendees.

Prior to the dinner, a troupe of circus performers demonstrate the flexibility of the new “A Suit To Travel In” collection hat the designer presented during London Collections: Men’s.

“I wear these suits when I travel because they don’t crease,” Smith told WWD, before sharing his hotel pet peeve: “Every day of my life I swim, so I always have a hotel with a pool but unfortunately some hotels say they have one but they are so small; you can do three strokes and then you hit your nose.”

“I used to travel with bags and bags and bags,” said Dylan Jones, editor in chief of British GQ. “As I got older, now I only have a carry-on; it doesn’t matter if it is to Paris or Shanghai, if it’s for a month. It requires a lot of practice.”

Dylan noted the title is launching its first Food and Drink awards, sponsored by Moët Hennessy, set to take place in April in London.

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