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10 cool carry-ons

Tasteful totes hand-picked by designers, editors and architects.

For those who are prone to boarding planes carrying Dad's hand-me-down rollerboard, an overflowing tote or — horror of horrors — a shopping bag full of stuff: We asked world-traveling tastemakers to share their favorite carry-on bags. Click through the slideshow above for their fashionably functional picks.

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  • Chris Benz, Fashion Designer

    Chris Benz, Fashion Designer

    "I throw my laptop, magazines, clothes and iPad into my Rimowa cabin trolley — it fits everything. I love that the silver aluminum design is the same as it was in the 1950's. It looks chic no matter whether I’m landing in Tokyo, Los Angeles or Cape Town."

    (Rimowa Topas Titanium Cabin Trolley, $1,260, available at ebags.com)

     

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  • Shaun Stewart, Vice President of Sales, Jetsetter.com

    Shaun Stewart, Vice President of Sales, Jetsetter.com

    "My carry-on is the Tumi Tech Presidio. The front pocket is large enough for my iPad, and there are pockets for keys and my passport. It fits under the seat in front of me, so I can wait until the last minute to board, and the main compartment expands by 2 inches for longer trips; it also has a removable, fold-out garment sleeve.”

    (Tumi Tech Presidio Lincoln Frequent Business Traveler, $325, available at tumi.com)

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  • Anya Fernald, CEO, Belcampo, a global agricultural organization.

    Anya Fernald, CEO, Belcampo, a global agricultural organization.

    "The carryall from Billykirk is massively expandable, yet still fits under the seat in front of me thanks to a sort of magic, boxy closure. Somehow I can fit my laptop, lunch, a sweater, headphones and all the bits and pieces I need to make myself at home in any airport lounge (ginger candies, socks, lots of plug adapters). Also, my hard-wearing ways have proven it indestructible — and un-stainable, too."

    (Billykirk No. 165 Medium Caryall, $320, available at store.billykirk.com)

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  • Dan Tanzilli, Director, Fitz & Co, an art communications firm

    Dan Tanzilli, Director, Fitz & Co, an art communications firm

    "I am always traveling for work, and I can't seem to get on a plane without my Bottega Veneta Ebano briefcase, and an L.L. Bean Hunter's Tote. The briefcase fits my computer, iPad and magazines, and the tote stores just about everything else.”

    (L.L. Bean Hunter's Tote, $30, available at llbean.com; Ebano Intrecciato VN Briefcase, $2,900, available at bottegaveneta.com)

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  • Enrique Norton, Architect

    Enrique Norton, Architect

    "My Dothebag Cubicbag is made of recycled soft top fabrics that were previously convertibles’ roofs. As you can imagine, the material is really sturdy and easy to clean. I like the design, and the bag fits a lot."

    (DotheBag Cubicbag, price upon request, dothebag.de)

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  • Philippe Kjellgren, CEO, Kiwi Hotel Collection

    Philippe Kjellgren, CEO, Kiwi Hotel Collection

    "Tumi's International Carry-On is the best bag I’ve ever used. Aside from being incredibly light and coming with a lifetime warranty, it fits two weeks’ worth of clothes: two suits, two pairs of jeans, six shirts, underwear and two pairs of shoes, plus my workout gear. I travel 200 days a year, and at this point, I could not live without it!"

    (Tumi Alpha-4 wheeled expandable carry-on, $595, available at tumi.com)

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  • Stacy London, Co-Host, "What Not to Wear"

    Stacy London, Co-Host, "What Not to Wear"

    "Kind of obsessing over the DVF Harper Laurel bag as my carry-on right now. It's black and white, with an expandable zip bottom, which reveals a bright-pink, striped lining (too chic!). It holds everything and the kitchen sink — my iPad, Kind bars, moisturizers and lip balms, wallet, earphones, itineraries and magazines — but it’s still stylish enough to carry as a purse when I arrive at my destination."

    (DVF Harper Laurel Leather Bag, $685, available at dvf.com)

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  • Ondine Cohane, Contributing Editor, Condé Nast Traveler

    Ondine Cohane, Contributing Editor, Condé Nast Traveler

    "I live in Tuscany, but spend half of the year traveling around the world with my husband and two-year-old son to report stories for Conde Nast Traveler and the New York Times. My carry-on is the 36 Ore from Tuscany-based Officine 904. It's a deep-grey leather with beautiful bright-red lining, and it unzips almost all the way around to fit everything: an iPad, laptop, travel blanket, toiletries, diapers, wipes and a change of clothes for our son. I like that it’s not too large — I can always find things inside!"

    (Officine 904 36 Ore, $554, available at officine.com)

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  • Jane Pratt, Editor in Chief, xojane.com

    Jane Pratt, Editor in Chief, xojane.com

    "About 20 years ago my friend gave me a vintage 1960's Hermès travel bag. It's a perfectly beat-up caramel-brown color, big enough to hold everything I need for a two-day business trip, but small enough to fit in the overhead bin. In addition, I carry my pink Hello Kitty backpack, a hand-me-down from my nine-year-old. It gets lots more comments than the Hermès."

    (Available at hermes.com)

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  • Sarah Tanno, Lady Gaga’s makeup artist

    Sarah Tanno, Lady Gaga’s makeup artist

    "Since I traveled 289 days last year, luggage is like a home to me. My Tumi Lemoore bag is large enough to fit anything I could need until I reach my next destination. The best part is that you can wheel it, or wear it as a backpack if your hands are full. It also has five huge pockets to help you organize everything, and a spot to secure your laptop."

    (Tumi Alpha Bravo Lemoore Wheeled Backpack, $495, available at tumi.com)

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  • Rachel Strugatz, Accessories and Social Media Editor, WWD

    Rachel Strugatz, Accessories and Social Media Editor, WWD

    "The Dax Shoulder bag is the perfect size for a carry-on — or to hold everything you need to take you from day to night. It's hard to find a substantial bag that doesn't look like a suitcase that's still comfortable to wear. Plus, python is super chic, and the acid yellow panels really make the bag pop."

    (Dax Shoulder Python, $2,590, available at shop.daxgabler.com)
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