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    Cortnee Vine x Strand: A Fushion of Fashion & Football

    Laura Jones

    When it comes to travelling, one of the most important aspects to consider is the protection of your belongings, especially our suitcases. Suitcases are an essential item for any traveller, and investing in a suitcase cover can provide numerous benefits and ensure the safety and longevity of your luggage. In this guide, we’ll cover all you need to know about suitcase covers and help you better understand their benefits.


    In an era where fashion meets functionality head-on, Strand is thrilled to announce its latest collaboration with Cortnee Vine, an emblem of both style and sportsmanship. A shining star on the football field, Vine’s career has been as dynamic as it has been distinguished. From her explosive sprints down the flank to her precise crosses, Cortnee has established herself as a formidable force in women’s football, captivating fans and inspiring young athletes across the nation.


    In an exclusive Q&A session with Strand, Cortnee Vine shares her insider travel tips, packing hacks, and the essentials that always make their way into her bag. The winger, known for her speed on the field, navigates through airports and cities with the same agility, balancing style and functionality in every piece she carries.

    Cortnee Vine Strand Interview

    1. Travel tips/travel hacks? What are your in-flight essentials?

     “My travel hack would have to be taking a few different sets of clothes, it makes you feel fresh especially if it's a long flight! In flight essential would have to be gum.”


    2. What’s in your bag? What's the one thing you always carry in your bag

     “One thing I always carry in my bag is a water bottle, always have to stay hydrated hahaha.”


    This simple yet profound statement speaks volumes about the modern-day requirements needed for a women's bag. It's not just about carrying your essentials; it's about catering to your lifestyle needs, including staying hydrated throughout the day.

    Strand's choice for an on-the-go bag further illustrates her preference for functionality meshed with style. The AYA Gia Y2K Crossbody Bag is the epitome of modern convenience. The bag is perfectly suited for the bustling life of the contemporary woman, offering enough space for a small water bottle, phone, cards, and keys, not to mention an internal zip pocket for those keep-safes.

    3. Tell us about your first suitcase - where did you go?

     “I never really had fancy suitcases, I would say I always travelled with a suitcase given to me by my current team that I was playing for so it had team logos on it. I was most likely on a road trip with my family.”


    For travellers like Cortnee, your luggage must have a functional and practical design - nothing fancy, yet will stand the test of time no matter where you end up.


    At Strand, brands like Nere offer a plethora of durable, functional and stylish travel bags and luggage designed to stand the test of time. From hard to soft suitcases, duffle bags with wheels and everything in between, these bags help travellers tell a story of practicality, whether you’re going on your own road trip or heading to an international destination.

    4. Where have you travelled recently?

    “Recently I’ve done a bit of travel around Australia with soccer, places like, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra.”


    5. Where do you hope to travel?

     “I would love to travel to Italy. There are so many beautiful places to go.”


    6. What's your favourite travel memory?

     “I would say my first trip for the Matildas over to Dubai, where I got to travel with some of my closest friends.”


    7. What's more important to you - fashion, functionality or a bag that does both?

     “For me, functionality but a fashionable bag is always nice too!”


    It's clear that for those constantly on the move, a bag needs to be more than just a style statement; it has to serve its purpose effectively. Yet, Cortnee also appreciates the essence of style, pointing to the elegance that a well-designed bag can add to any ensemble.


    Enter the Evity Maya Leather Weekender, a bag that exemplifies the seamless blend of style and practicality. This isn't just any bag. It's designed with the modern traveller in mind, featuring soft materials that not only look good but feel good too. The Evity Maya is spacious enough to hold all your essentials, making it an ideal companion for those overnight escapes or weekend getaways. It's easy-access design ensures that everything you need is within reach, without sacrificing the sleek, sophisticated appearance that makes it a head-turner.

    8. Do you lean towards one-off statement bags or classic timeless pieces?

     “That's a hard question, I might have to say a classic timeless piece.”


    Strand embodies this timeless quality with perfection, offering a range of bags that not only elevate any outfit but promise enduring appeal and functionality. Key pieces like the Laura Jones Tote Bag, Evity Flapover Bag, and the Laura Jones Crossbody Bag exude sophistication and versatility. For those who appreciate the tactile pleasure of premium leather, the Evity Leather Shopper Bag is a testament to Strand's commitment to quality and style.


    Cortnee leaning towards timeless elegance over fleeting statements reflects a broader consensus among style enthusiasts who value longevity and versatility in their fashion choices. With Strand, the promise of quality, elegance, and timeless appeal remains at the forefront, making it a cherished brand for those who appreciate the finer, everlasting trends in fashion.

    9. What's in your bag right now?

    “Perfume, gum, my wallet, and some headphones.”


    10. What item in your bag do you never leave home without?

     “Usually my perfume!”


    11. Are you a meticulous planner or a last-minute packer?

     “I’m a bit of both, I tend to plan what to pack last minute haha.”


    12. Roll or fold? What's your packing technique?

     “Definitely a folder.”


    This meticulous approach to organising her suitcase is perfectly complemented by Strand Packing Cubes, which Cortnee says are just right for someone who prefers to fold their items. These innovative packing solutions from Strand not only help organise the suitcase but also maximise space, allowing travellers like Cortnee to carry all their essentials without hassle. The packing cubes come in various styles and colours, making them stylish as well as practical travel companions.

    13. Are you an over-packer or a minimalist when it comes to packing your suitcase?

    While you might expect an athlete to need a lot of gear, Cortnee takes a more minimalist approach.


    “I would say underpacker, but it definitely depends on where I am going and how much baggage I’m allowed.”


    Minimalistic travel has become very popular over the last couple of years, with many travellers trying to get the best bang for their buck on budget airlines, and this usually comes at a cost for space. Carry-on suitcases and duffle bags make great travel companions for light travelling and will usually provide enough space for at least three days worth of clothing, depending upon the type of travel and your destination.


    14. What's your must-have item in your carry-on?

    “Definitely my headphones.”


    15. Where is your favourite place to travel to?

    “Honestly, travelling back home is always the best.”


    For Cortnee, travel is more than moving from one place to another; it's about the experiences, the preparations, and the joy of returning home. With Strand's new arrivals in tow, she's well-equipped for wherever her career and adventures take her next. Her essentials, packed in thoughtfully chosen bags and suitcases, reflect not only her needs as an athlete but also her style and approach to life on the go.


    For those inspired by Cortnee's travel stories and tips, explore the newest arrivals at Strand. Whether you're a meticulous planner, a last-minute packer, or somewhere in between, there's something for every traveller seeking style, functionality, and a touch of football-star-approved flair.