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We can’t set foot on the Upper East Side of Manhattan without seeing a LeSportsac bag. They’re definitely the “it” brand for everyday bags from backpacks to messengers. Now they have travel bags, too. The large and extra-large weekenders will both hold all of your stuff. Plus, you can choose from over a dozen cute patterns. The fabric is easy to clean and the straps are wide enough for shoulder comfort. We also snagged a medium weekender to use as a stylish gym bag. Large Weekender $98 @ LeSportsac.com
Getting away for the weekend isn’t always easy, so don’t burden yourself with a bag that makes you look gym-bound. The best weekend bags are big enough to fit everything you need from your clothes and toiletries to magazines and the latest chick-lit novel.
The quilted handbag trend doesn’t just end at purses. Cinda B’s lovely duffel bags combine stitching and style with a whole lot of room. Their Weekender is the perfect size for a short but sweet getaway. Exclusive for SheFinds Readers: Get a free coordinating Happy bag with purchase. Enter SheFinds07 In the “comments/how you heard about us” section at checkout.
For a duffel that says as much about you as your Coach hobo, look no further than Bric’s. The Life 22″ duffel comes in suede-like cotton or moc croc with Tuscan leather trim. If your shoulder complains even with the leather strap, snag the rolling version.
Not only are Ame & Lulu’s duffels some of the prettiest we’ve seen, but they offer personalized embroidery on every bag. Choose from 12 beautiful fabric styles then choose a font and matching color for your name.
The Helen Rae Carry-on Spinner is our favorite because it hits all the right notes. Stylish and pretty — check. Multiple compartments for toiletries, shoes, laundry, or wet clothes — check. Lots of space inside — check. Plus, it comes with adjustable and removable shelves so, even if you’re packing-impaired, you can easily organize your stuff. We especially like the spinner wheels that make it easier to roll and keep the bag from flipping over when you’re running between connections.
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Flying requires top-notch carry-on luggage. The best bags will last you a lifetime — or, at least a few years. They should be easy to roll or easy to attach. And, of course, they should have heads turning as you stroll effortlessly down the concourse.
Zero Halliburton bags have proved their ‘mettle’ over the years with aluminum cases that hold up against the rigors of constant travel. The Zeroller is lighter than it looks and more attractive than its origins would suggest. Choose from several colors and protect your precious Prada from the roughest bumps and falls.
Business travel often requires a laptop and most carry-on pullmans aren’t built to accommodate them. The versatile Solo Case Rolling Laptop Traveler has a section for your clothes that includes a suiter to stave off wrinkles and a special section in the front that holds a removable laptop case to keep your computer safe.
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When you need all the space in your carry-on for clothes, keep everything you need for a meeting or presentation on hand with the Coakley Travel Portfolio. The plethora of compartments hold your ID, passport, PDA, accessories, files, and much more. Use the back sleeve to slip it on your rolling bag’s handle.
High Sierra’s 25″ ‘Level’ wheeled upright is a solid bag built to survive the slings and arrows of frequent travel. It’s highly compartmentalized and versatile — there’s a spot for shoes, wet clothes, toiletries, underwear, etc. Plus, you could fit ten day’s worth of clothing and accessories and still have a bit of room for last-minute additions.
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.: Checked Bags
Checking bags can be a pain, but if you’re embarking on a vacation or a business trip longer than four days you can’t always avoid it. Still, it helps if you can get everything you need into one big bag and save the carry-on for the latest Dan Brown and Vanity Fair.
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Keep your wrinkle worries at bay with a bag that will help you look good for the big meeting. The Victorinox Deluxe Garment Mobilizer folds over to minimize bulk and includes compartments that tuck into the corners for shoes, underwear, and anything else. The smaller Samsonite X’ion sports many of the same features plus spinner wheels.
Whether you overpack from the start or return with more than you took, determining weight is essential to avoiding extra fees. Ricardo Beverly Hills brilliantly devised luggage with a built-in scale.
With Liz Claiborne you never have to choose style over substance. The expandable Marina suitcase is attractive inside and out. A big bonus is the plastic compartment for toiletries or wet clothes. The spinner wheels make it easy to maneuver, even when full.
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Hard-case luggage used to be heavy, boxy, and not so chic. Nowadays we have the Heys XCASE Upright Luggage Set which looks a bit futuristic and employs some space-age technology to keep them light yet ultra-durable. The handles curve gently to ease the pressure on your arm even if you’ve packed the kitchen sink.
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.: Luggage Sets
Nothing makes one feel more like a sophisticated globetrotter than a matching set of beautiful luggage. Plus, you’ll often get the best deals if you buy in bulk. Getting a set with a distinctive look eliminates the need to grab every similar-looking bag as they come around the carousel.
Though Louis Vuitton has been around forever, it’s still the height of style and the choice of elegant ladies en route to Paris. LV luggage doesn’t sell as a complete set but, if you have one, you have to have the others. Whether you need rolling uprights, a duffel, or a carry-on, Louis Vuitton has it in popular Monogram or classic Damier.
If the LV’s price sends you running for the hills, check out this Diane Von Furstenberg Vintage 3-Piece Travel Set. The DVF signature print set against the familiar brown evokes the Vuitton look without looking like a cheap knockoff.
The American Flyer Capri set offers five lovely and distinctive bags at a fantastic price. There are plenty of compartments, a place for shoes and wet clothes/laundry, and they’re easy to attach together and roll. Arrive at the airport early because everyone will stop you wanting to know where you got such lovely bags.
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