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The Gürdle strap solves three travel
problems at once: Keeps carry-ons
secure on top of rolling luggage,
compresses valises to keep them shut
tight in transit, and helps you identify
your black luggage on the carousel.
Available in a rainbow of colors. $20.
Flight 001, 96 Greenwich Avenue
(12th/Jane Streets); 212-989-0001;,
t Tumi’s exclusive and elegant “Linen” collection; some pieces available online and in stores,
others by special order. Trunk styles also available in black. Clockwise, from left: “Park”
garment bag, $495; “Townhouse Stanhope” trunk, $2,995; “Townhouse Groom” train case,
$1,995; “Townhouse Stratton” trunk, $2,995.
Tumi, 520 Madison Ave (54th/55th Streets); 212-813-0545, 800-299-8864;
Personalized luggage tags (with
up to three initials) are a classy
find from the famous Brookstone
resource for all things gadget-y and
practical. These sorbet-colored tags
measure approximately 6” x 4”
and have a privacy flap and a sturdy
rotating lobster-claw clasp. Made
from Napa leather. $25.95.
all aboard!
Chic solutions for traveling light
You may not travel in the mode of the venerable head of the House of Chanel—yes, jet-setter Karl Lagerfeld
was snapped this past spring leaving his Gotham hotel with 14 (count ‘em) pieces of luggage, all matching
and very designer-y, thank you very much. But even if you carry on just one roll-on-board overnighter and a
laptop, it’s still a treat to have matching, lightweight, “good” luggage. And, given all the tariffs airlines are
now charging for suitcases, it’s best to choose wisely, for durability, style, and weight. Some fashionable
valises, vanity cases, and accessories for your summer journeys.... By Ruth J. Katz
Samsonite’s ultra-lightweight
“Cosmolite” cases are made out of
a revolutionary new material called
Curv, proprietary to the company. It is
made from reinforced woven threads
of polypropylene. Suitcases available
in different sizes and colors: 20-inch,
$400; 27-inch $500; 32-inch, $550.
Hides in Shape, 555 Madison Avenue
(53rd Street), 212-371-5992, 800-786-4804;
From the German luggage giant,
Rimowa, the “Salsa Air Cabin
Multiwheel,” shown in ultra-violet
(among the many colors available);
made from 100% virgin polycarbonate.
29-inch, $495.
Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue
(61st/62nd Streets); 212-826-8900;,
BAGGU’s best-selling reusable bag is ideal for all those trips when you buy too much and need another tote to
cart it all home. Holds an enormous amount (up to 50 pounds). 15” wide x 25” high x 6” deep; folds flat in a
five-inch-square pouch. 100% ripstop nylon, machine washable, and available in a rainbow of colors. $8.
BAGGU, 800-605-0759;
From über-chic designer Miriam Jesselli and her eponymous
design company Jesselli Couture, a trio of charming, white-leather
travel bags, with adorable, embroidered vacation motifs on front
and back. They feature scalloped-edge detailing; an internal,
removable, sueded, zippered pouch; and a key chain.
Left to right: Large “Buco” bag, $160;
small “Buco” bag, $125; wallet on a string, $78.
Central Park Capacci, 1429 Sixth Avenue (59th Street), 212-315-0578,
t Mixed Bag Designs’ plethora of styles and shapes
makes their bags a joy to use, and reuse and
reuse. They are all made of durable, 100%
polypropylene—recyclable and reusable. They
wipe clean with a damp cloth, hold over 40
pounds, and they are chic, chic, chic. Available
in a variety of sizes, from the ladylike drugstore
bag to the giant big-box-store boat-of-a-bag, all in
jubilant and joyful colors and patterns, or tailored
black and white. From about $8 to $20.
Blacker & Kooby, 1204 Madison Avenue (88th Street);
The “Traveler” from David K is one of the strongest umbrellas
for travel. It folds up to a compact nine inches and weighs less
than a pound. Constructed from steel, Fiberglas, aluminum,
and 190-thread count microweave fiber. $79.
DaveK Accessories, Inc., 212-749-8746;
t Reisenthel’s carefully designed, frame laptop bag is
constructed with a “robust” aluminum structure around
the heavy-duty polyester cover, with multiple interior
pockets, a front, fold-open, zippered pocket, and a
zippered slot for fastening it to luggage trolleys...among
its many design features. In two sizes, $109 and $119.
Expect lots of glitz and glamour from Deux Lux, which creates fabulous,
fun accessories, many ideal for travel—wallets, totes, change purses,
passport cases – and the “Train” case, shown here, in many glittery
colors. $64.
Tia’s Place, Grand Central Station, Lexington Passage;
t The stylish “Jaunt” is from design gurus Gräf & Lantz, and is a bright (and sturdy)
Merino felted-wool tote, with vegetable-tanned leather accents. 14 1/2” wide x 15”
high x 4 1/2” deep, with an 8-inch handle drop to allow for carrying on the shoulder.
Has two interior pockets and a magnetic closure. A great carry-on, available in a
panoply of color combos. $189.
Per Tutti, 49 Greenwich Avenue
(Perry/Charles Streets); 212-675-0113;,
Design genius Stephanie Johnson fashions the most gorgeous travel
pieces, all in stunning fabrics, with clever interior configurations to
hold just about anything you need or want to take on the road in
nearly three dozen styles. Shown in “Mumbai Pink,” left to right,
“Katie” folding clutch, $50; “Laura” large trapezoid, $45; “Gidget”
compact brush case, $68.
Kimara Ahnert, 1113 Madison Avenue (81st Street); 212-452-4252;,
From the Victorinox Company (the Swiss Army
family of companies), thoughtfully designed travel
gear: Left, the 36-inch “Explorer” wheeled duffel,
in indestructible fatigue-green canvas, $229;
right, from the “Lifestyles” accessories collection,
the hanging toiletry kit in red. $58.
Victorinox, 136 Prince Street (West Broadway);