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August 31, 2009

Road Test: Tumi "Just in Case" Tote

TUMI's "Just in Case" tote in magenta.

by Mark Connolly

I've just returned from a wonderful and well-earned vacation in Hvar, Croatia. But boy, you really have to want to go there. Talk about trains planes and automobiles--getting there alone involved an overnight in London, a 3:30 a.m. Gatwick Express from London Victoria full of drunken girls in short tight dresses flashing their crotches, and a not-so-divine 5:55 a.m. flight on easyJet to Split followed by a catamaran from Split to Hvar.

As the Style Director at Condé Nast Traveler, I am used to taking trips around the world for photo shoots and fashion shows; trips for which I must pack relatively light. But honestly, what fashionista can be restricted to a 20k baggage limit for a two-week vacation (a requirement of easyJet)? I know I tend to over pack but I like to think of myself as being pro choice when it comes to vacation outfits. That's why I packed the new fold-up TUMI "Just in Case" tote in my hand luggage. If I had to do the embarrassing re-pack at check-in at 4 a.m. in front of the whole of Gatwick South, at least I'd have a chic emergency bag to do it with. (No need to worry; I had packed with restraint this time.)

Little did I know then that the TUMI bag would prove itself useful all over Croatia. The tough nylon tote made for a lightweight and durable but also roomy beach bag. And the little pouch it folds and zips into made for a very chic evening clutch! I want the teal one and the purple one.

Further reading:
* Road Test: Michelle Jonas dresses
* Mark Connolly's dispatches from Paris fashion week: Stella, Salma, and 3,000 Appointments
* Mark styled Queen Rania for the September cover of Condé Nast Traveler


I want it in purple!! Looks like you were in Hvar right in the middle of crazy party time. I hope you enjoyed this little slice of Croatia.

From your choice of EasyJet, it sounds like you were focused on price for your airfare to Split. In case it ever comes up, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian have more humane schedules.

Wow, it sounds like the girls there are very bold. They must have been coming from a club or something. personal grants

I guess one who is a sheltered American would deem the girls over there really forward compared to the females in the US who just get drunk and fall over tables full of glass while their breast implants and pumped up fake lips hit the floor. Secondly, no such thing as the "NEW RIVIERA," it's been there for a very long time. It's just that most Americans didn't know about it and now I guess the secrets out so we have to deal with the obnoxious beer drinking college crowd that the entire world tries to avoid.

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