A Conversation with Frequent Traveler Laurie Haspel, CEO of Haspel Clothing

By Jonathan Spira on 29 January 2018
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The seersucker suit has been considered the mainstay of a gentleman’s summer wardrobe, tracing its origins back to its introduction by Joseph Haspel Sr. in 1909. Today, Laurie Haspel Aronson, Joseph Haspel’s great-granddaughter, is CEO of Haspel Clothing, which is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

As a long-time aficionado of seersucker – the thin, puckered, all-cotton fabric is the perfect way to dress well in warmer climes – I was pleased to become acquainted with Laurie, who I found out is an ardent traveler.

Here’s what Laurie had to say when we sat down to discuss our mutual love of travel.

Laurie on flying. Yes, I do travel an awful lot but I love to travel. I especially love to fly and would rather fly than drive. I’d fly to work if I could!

Laurie on when to travel. I’m appreciative of the fact that my job affords me the opportunity to travel and I’m on the go practically all the time [editor’s note: this was said during a last-minute visit to New York]. I always think it’s going to be less but it has turned out to be more and more.

Laurie’s first time traveling. My first big trip was when I was ten. I traveled with my parents and grandparents to New York City and I remember everything down to what I had for breakfast at the hotel every morning. My mother’s first trip had been to New York when she was ten and I made sure to take my girls on their first big trip (to New York, of course) when they were ten.

Traveling is in Laurie’s genetic makeup. Both sets of my grandparents were serious travelers. My grandparents on the Haspel side always went to Italy, where their stomping ground was the original Harry’s Bar. My other grandparents went to the Far East, which was their joy, and my parents, well they just went everywhere. I believe there’s something genetic in all of this.

The most interesting place Laurie’s visited: Israel. I went when I was 12 with my family. I remember the sites, the security, the language the foods… I remember my radar was on a lot more than any other trip I’ve ever taken, it was such a different place.

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