For more than 25 years, India-based label Abraham & Thakore has created clothing which evokes the country’s rich heritage – but is never defined by it. Here, two of the partners behind the label – who, alongside fellow founder Rakesh Thakore are known as ‘the quiet revolutionaries of Indian fashion’ – share their stories of travel, from the perfect street food in Uzbekistan to the three things they will never leave home without.

What is your favourite hotel in the world?

The Galle Face hotel in Colombo, an old colonial building overlooking the ocean. It has a saltwater swimming pool and serves delicious egg hoppers and Sri Lankan curries.

What is your favourite holiday purchase – or find – and what makes it special?

We once bought a beautiful lacquer hsun ok – a Burmese food offering container – in Bagan in Myanmar that was enormous, around 24 inches in height, which we literally had to carry in our hands back home.

Describe the best meal you’ve had on holiday…

Lamb kebabs cooked over a coal fire, served with handfuls of freshly plucked cherries eaten on a low wooden platform on a street in Samarkand.

What’s your go-to flying outfit?

Definitely something in a dark colour in case we spill our bloody marys! Something with an expandable waist, and lots of pockets for earbuds and the other little things we probably won’t need.

What’s your dream rental car?

Any one that comes with a friendly but silent driver… and good air conditioning!

Was there ever a time when the journey was actually better than the destination?

Getting to our camp in the Sunderbans on a crowded little boat full of excited Bengalis took us through the most incredible landscape of mangroves and water with the occasional saltwater crocodile watching us go by.

Which three items do you always pack in your suitcase, regardless of where you’re traveling to?

A good book, a Bluetooth speaker to listen to familiar music in the morning and swimming trunks.

Do you have a routine to beat jet lag? What is it?

Try and follow the local time of the destination as much as possible, especially for meals. And definitely some sort of sleeping pill on the first night to help catch up with the local time.

Which apps can’t you do without on holiday?

Spotify and The New York Times.

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