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Black luggage seldom shows dirt and is always in vogue, but make sure your's stands out from the crowd.

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A train case like this one from Briggs & Reilly, $99, is as easy to carry as a purse, and it adds instant retro-glam sophistication to your travel attire — from Rapp's Luggage & Gifts (3250 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-6536).
From Jack Gomme of Paris, this European-style shopper, $242 — in shiny, waterproof, coated nylon — has a collapsible, rolling frame that stows in small spaces — from Filly Handbags & Accessories (5418 Magazine St., 899-0205).
Performance defines this basic black bag from Andiamo, $625. It's made of durable nylon, has a zipperless expansion that uses straps hidden away on the inside and an ergonomic handle. To make it easier to spot, add a bright luggage tag, like this red Travelon version, $4.99 — both from Rapp's (3250 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-6536).

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