If you’re a fan of the iconic sitcom, Parks & Recreation, you’re probably familiar with Ann Perkins–the lovable nurse and best friend of Leslie Knope–which is played by musical protégé Rashida Jones. Since the end of the renowned series, the multi-hyphenate actress, producer and screenwriter has tons of tricks up her sleeve. She’s responsible for shows like Claws, an episode of Black Mirror, and a documentary on Netflix called “Hot Girls Wanted’. Now, the 41-year-old creative really makes us want to ask, “Is there anything she can’t do?”, as Jones adds being a designer and model to her extensive resume with a capsule collection for travel brand Away.
The collection features three pastel suitcases in the brand’s classic sizes–the Carry-On, the Bigger Carry-On, the Medium, and the Large–in colorways of salmon pink, lilac, and mint green. The bags look like it was straight out of a Wes Anderson film. It was inspired by Jones’ frequent traveling and the aesthetic of Stockholm (fittingly so, as Anderson is of Swedish ancestry). “’I have always been incredibly charmed by Scandinavian design, from furniture and textiles to architecture, and clothing,’ Rashida shares with Daily Mail. “Aesthetically, they’ve done this masterful job of combining what’s great about every era of the history of their design. And they manage to do this with simplicity and elegance and discipline. All this and it doesn’t keep them from being playful! I think they do that combination best.” she adds, gushing about her love for Scandinavian design.
In addition to three colorful pieces of luggage, Jones also helped create two new products with Away, such as the Stockholm Tote–it’s a simple black bag to store your laptop in, along with other essentials. The light hues aren’t just for the artistic aspect, but it’s designed to standout, making it easier to spot the luggage in the airport. I had an earnest desire to design luggage for a really long time,” Jones says. “I think it’s probably because I travel so much, and when I first traveled with a piece of Away luggage, I found it to be my dream idea of what luggage should be—durable, functional, cute, simple, not fussy, and not too serious.”
The Away: Edition RJ collection is available for a limited time at awaytravel.com/rashida, retailing from $45-$295 with a portion of proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee a nonprofit that provides humanitarian aid for refugees.