Check in with... Alice Temperley

To mark 100 years of flying high, British Airways and Alice Temperley write their love letter to Britain with a thoughtfully reimagined First.

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Enter British designer Alice Temperley, who has taken inspiration from her eclectic prints to give the First wash bags and pyjamas a modern makeover. She reveals her travel highs, insider tips, and what luxury travel means to her.

Why did you want to work with British Airways?

BA embodies everything that resonates with my brand – luxury, craftsmanship and, of course, Britishness.

I travel in First because I know after a long-haul flight, I can step straight into a meeting feeling fresh

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What is your inspiration for the newly designed First wash bags?

We used Temperley London prints from our ready-to-wear collections to decorate the bags. It’s the perfect travel size, and a unique product for First customers to collect and re-use.

What does luxury travel mean to you?

It’s seamless. Travelling in First is a home-away-from-home experience that means you arrive at your destination relaxed and reinvigorated.

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The Temperley x British Airways washbags

Being British is about having a sense of humour. And knowing that it is okay to be eccentric in your later years.

What has been your favourite travel experience?

As a child, my parents would take us to remote, wild corners of Kenya. We would swim in lakes, sleep under the stars and watch hippos eat grass from our camp. I have a lot of magical memories from these trips that will stay with me forever.

Which country sticks out most in your memory?

I love Mexico, both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. I like to find an escape in remote and wild destinations.

Where is on your bucket list and why?

I would love to spend a couple of months travelling around South America, absorbing the culture to find inspiration for my collections.

Where are your favourite places in the UK?

Somerset, where I grew up and where I still call home. Being there feeds my soul. I also love the Jurassic Coast – it’s so wild and awe-inspiring. And the idyllic British countryside of Cornwall for its amazing houses and gardens.

As a child, my parents would take us to wild corners of Kenya, where we slept under the stars and watched hippos eat grass from our camp.

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What does being British mean to you?

Having a sense of humour. And knowing that it is okay to be eccentric in your later years.

Where is your favourite London hangout?

The Cow on Westbourne Park Road, for British pub food. If I’m in Central London, I usually head The Groucho Club in Soho or Scott’s seafood restaurant in Mayfair.

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Where should people stay in London?

Blakes Hotel in Kensington, or if you’re here for a wilder time, make a reservation at Chiltern Firehouse.