Monday, December 28, 2009

Pumps & Pleats: Fly in style

Story and photos by Michèle De Meglio

It’s the holidays! That means it’s time to hop a plane, train or automobile and visit family.

Don’t make the long trek with a banged and bruised suitcase. Get yourself a chic carry-on at Ace Luggage in Sheepshead Bay.

Open since 1961, the shop is stocked with classically stylish suitcases and duffle bags, as well as trendy luggage.

Take Ace’s big seller — the Vera Bradley quilted cotton collection. Choose from a travel tote, rolling duffel or 26-inch upright. If you like to match, score a Vera Bradley purse. Ace carries just about every single paisley print made by the brand.

Looking for something heavy duty? Then pick up a hard case in a glossy leopard print. Your case will definitely stand out in the airport’s basic black crowd.

There’s plenty of famous brand names at Ace, including Tumi, Tignanello, Samsonite, Kenneth Cole and Kipling. You know, that cool company that outfits each bag with a furry monkey keychain.

Ace has much more than luggage. There’s the obvious travel accessories, such as slippers and pillows, but also handbags and briefcases. You can score one of Kathy Van Zeeland’s bling-tastic purses. Hurry, they’re now on sale!

You don’t gotta tell me twice!

Ace Luggage and Gifts is located at 2122 Avenue U. For hours call 718-891-9713 or log onto

Michèle De Meglio is a native Brooklynite addicted to all things chic. Check out Pumps & Pleats each week for more adventures as she scours the borough for fab duds and accessories.


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