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Packing It In Best-Case Scenario

October 15, 2000|RENEE VOGEL

Instead of the same old formless, featureless duffels, chic travelers this season finally have something to cheer about: a new crop of carry-on bags with pizazz. There's a stylish tote out there for everyone, from the testosterone-saturated man-on-the-go to the trendy fashionista. These three make an impression at any altitude.

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Hogan's panamer can tote has the retro elegance of a vintage flight attendant bag. The largest model (20 x 12 x 15, shown) is called the LAX. $750; in red, black and purple nylon with leather trim; call (888) 60-HOGAN.

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This prada bag is a mix of classic styling and contemporary touches--such as the au courant ostrich-skin trim. $1,920; available from Prada, (888) 977-1900.

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Samsonite's ez big wheel convertible duffel is part of its new Hummer collection inspired by the all-terrain vehicle. This versatile bag has a retractable handle and stowaway shoulder straps that turn it into a backpack. $320; ripstop and ballistic nylon in competition yellow or charcoal gray; available from Samsonite, (800) 262-8282, http://www.samsonite.com.

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