Travel Accessories

Without the proper luggage, traveling can go from glamorous to ghastly. Avoid spilled toiletries, wrinkled garments, and equipment-cluttered duffel bags by shopping at these local luggage carriers.

B. D. Jeffries offers a large selection of elegant and masculine luggage

B. D. Jeffries offers a large selection of elegant and masculine luggage

B. D. Jeffries

VIBE Brad and Debbie Waitz's accessories shop recalls a French country-style farmhouse filled with European antiques and original artwork.

THE GOODS Find the entire Longchamp luggage line (starting at $650), along with monogrammed leather passport holders ($75). Tip: frequent trunk shows highlight the work of particular vendors—and offer deep discounts.

SPLURGE We like the leather dopp kit ($95). The masculine design is très distingué and, equipped with water-resistant lining and separate compartments, it's functional, too.

720 Governor Morrison St. 704-364-4004

Sharon Luggage & Gifts

VIBE This Charlotte-based company wins major props for being convenient. Find ten locations in North Carolina.

THE GOODS Find luggage from brands like Boyt, Pathfinder, and Ricardo of Beverly Hills. Antique brass and military-grade nylon make garment bags ($499) and suitcases (starting at $305) from the Hartmann Intensity collection particularly noteworthy.

SPLURGE If you only buy one piece of luggage, consider the large travel satchel from Briggs and Riley ($149). The tan exterior is chic and suitable for him or her.  

8000 Arrowridge Blvd. 704-529-1614

The Tumi Store

VIBE This SouthPark storefront offers everything but the kitchen sink, catering to straight-laced business travelers and relaxed vacationers.

THE GOODS Aside from lots of luggage, you'll find an eclectic mix of travel items, from the Capra leather jewelry roll ($198) to techie necessities like the Tumi mobile power pack ($100), a device that charges cell phones and iPods without an electric outlet.

SPLURGE Rustic types will enjoy the T-Tech hydro backpack ($225). It's water resistant, with super-comfy padded straps.  

SouthPark 704-714-8864

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