Negar Mohammadi, Director of Brand Marketing at Vogue
As the Head of Editorial Partnerships and Brand Marketing at Vogue, Negar oversees all aspects of the magazine’s promotion – from the September Issue to collaborations with rad brands like Nike and Comme de Garcons. She has lived in downtown Manhattan for the past 14 years, and is grateful for her Chicago roots and Persian values in keeping her grounded and kind. Surfing, family, and friends are her top three favorite things, and she balances her busy career with regular (& sometimes rogue!) surf trips with her best friends.
Follow Negar Mohammadi on Instagram @negarmoh
Name 3 favorite hotels off the top of your head!
Where would you go to digital detox, or just generally to get off the grid?
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Everything you need is there (surf, delicious food) and the best friends you’ll make are in the water where there is no wi-fi.
What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?
What is your most used travel emoji?
Surfing girl emoji.
What do you always bring with you in your carry-on?
Silk eye mask by Slip. Doesn’t matter where you’re staying, once you shut your eyes – you feel like you’re sleeping in luxury.
If you could swap suitcases with anyone in the world at baggage claim, who would you swap with?
Kim Kardashian — Wait, actually Kourtney. I’m closer to her size.
Have you or would you travel alone?
In a world where you’re always on someone else’s schedule, nothing is more luxurious than having the freedom to do what you want, when you want.
If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?
What’s your favorite room service experience ever?
French fries at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes — they arrive in the most elegant silver bucket. The presentation pretty much negates all calories.
Best Travel advise you’ve ever received, and from whom?
From Maya (Co-Founder of Safara!) – she encouraged me to travel alone with an open mind and agenda, letting the universe surprise me with its magic.
Anxiety and burnout are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?
I make sure to have a trip planned every 6 weeks (hoping to make it once a month). The excitement and anticipation are enough to light me up and help push me through anything. The moment I get on a flight or arrive somewhere new, I feel an immediate wave of happiness that washes away any anxiety or feelings of burnout.
Do you have any tips or tricks for beating the dreaded jet lag?
Instead of napping when I land, I move my body any way I can – be it a run, or even a set of jumping jacks and other 80s aerobics moves in whatever space I have. Otherwise, I drink tons of water and do anything it takes to get on the local schedule.
Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?
Double espresso from Cala di Volpe in Sardinia. Served with a perfect square of gianduja chocolate.
What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?
Black skinny L’Agence jeans, black James Perse v-neck, Common Projects pink sneakers with a big black cashmere sweater – as I’m always freezing on flights. The L’agence jeans have so much stretch in them, they feel like yoga pants.
Rank the following, from most to least important to you,
1. close to things since I love being able to explore on foot, 2. comfortable, 3. unique, 4. locals hang there, 5. architecturally intriguing, 6. pool, 7. minibar, 8. doesn’t break the bank
Beach or City or Mountain? Beach!
Airplane food- Y/N? Hard NO. I always bring snacks
Early check-in/ late check-out? Late check-out – insurance for whatever the night before has brought you!