Henri Bendel’s Striped Duffel

Plus a stunning mirror at Lars Bolander NY, and McSweeney’s holds a “garage sale”

By Elizabeth Bougerol
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 4:49 PM EDT
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Henri Bendel’s Striped Duffel

Henri Bendel

The Disturbed Stripe duffel from Henri Bendel.

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IN THE BAG: A surefire way to get out of the airport faster? Pack a bag that isn’t a small black wheelie (like everyone else). The coated-cotton canvas-and-leather Henri Bendel Disturbed Stripe Large Travel Duffel isn’t likely to get mixed up with anyone else’s luggage; you can see that trademark Bendel ribbon stripe a mile away. Bonus? It’s stylish in a fabulous Audrey Hepburn kind of way. $450 at Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue near 56th Street; 212-247-1100.

GOOD READS It’s the McSweeney’s end-of-summer garage sale! Here’s where you can scoop up massive savings direct from the source on titles like Dave Eggers’ “What is the What” ($12, down from $26) Michael Chabon’s “Maps and Legends” (was $24, now $5), and the “Book of Writers Talking to Writers” from Believer magazine (now $5 from $18). Head here for a list of available titles.

REFLECTIONS: Some mirrors are utilitarian – the rearview kind, say, and the ones that flip over and magnify your pores to terrifying effect. And some are works of art that just happen to be mirrors. The gorgeous 62-by-39-inch gilt Twigs Mirror at Lars Bolander NY is one of those – and one of a kind. $3100 at Lars Bolander NY, 72 Gansevoort Street near Washilarngton Street; 212-924-1000.

 

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