Serena Williams is looking forward to a day when she can travel once again.
Earlier this week, luggage and travel accessories retailer Away announced their latest collaboration with the 39-year-old athlete, marking the second time Williams has launched a line of products with the lifestyle brand.
Set to be released on Thursday, the Away x Serena Williams collection will feature a new line of suitcases, bags and other accessories designed by the tennis star, and Williams hopes that the new items will inspire others to start planning their own trips when it is safe to do so after the COVID-19 pandemic comes to pass.
“Like so many, I’ve been dreaming of being able to travel again safely, so I wanted to bring to life a collection that not only speaks to Away’s functionality and my personal style but also gets people really excited about their own future trips,” Williams told Forbes.
In a series of promotional campaign shots for the soon-to-be-released line, Williams brought some of her favorite travel destinations to life, traveling the globe from the comfort of her own home.
In one photograph, Williams is seen sitting in her kitchen-turned-Parisenne café, with a setting that features a painting of the Eiffel Tower. In another shot, the tennis star fills an inflatable pool in front of a backdrop of Rome’s Trevi Fountain.
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Detailing that she had “a lot of fun” with the creative photoshoot for the collection, Williams said it helped to “satisfy our wanderlust.”
“We had a lot of fun with this idea when doing the photoshoot for this collection. We really playfully re-created some of my favorite cities using backdrops, props and even a kiddie pool,” she said. “While stuck at home, it’s been really fun to get creative and figure out new ways to satisfy our wanderlust.”
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Williams went on to add that creating the new line for Away came naturally to her.
“I was really inspired by the colors and architecture I’ve seen while traveling — specifically, the beautiful blues and greens of the ocean and the intricate details of buildings in some of my favorite cities, like Rome,” she said. “I used these inspirations when working with the Away team to create this collection’s exterior print.”
And as for a travel destination that is still on the mother of one’s bucket list? Williams is looking to enjoy a winter white wonderland.
“Anywhere with snow,” she told Forbes. “After all this time spent at home in the Florida sun, I’m ready for a change in the climate.”