By Linda Ripoll

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Showcasing one’s sense of fashion has become a requirement in today’s trend conscious world. From donning designer sweat suits at the gym to playing the Prada power card in the boardroom, it’s all about showing off your personal sense of style. Even the world of travel has gotten a makeover and with boutiques like Flight 001 (pronounced Flight One) servicing fashion forward travelers from coast to coast, there is no excuse to suffer through another vacation with your boring black suitcase and matching carry-on.

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Flight 001 is a boutique for everything travel related from mod leather passport holders to deluxe luggage sets to chic travel sized beauty kits; at Flight 001 there is something for every type of fashion forward traveler. The flagship store is located in à¼ber cool shopping district Greenwich Village. The first thing that catches your eye when entering this incredible boutique is that it was created with a sleek, futuristic design of an airplane cabin. Streamlined shelves carry the latest products, gadgets and apparel, destined to make your next trip smooth and stylish. The Flight 001 experience is one that will leave you with a smile on your face and a new attitude towards travel couture.

Flight 001 prides itself on carrying many of the top brands that keep travelers coming back for more. From the sleek, modern luggage sets by Tumi to the bold graphic designs of Hideo Wakamatsu, there are a myriad of items available that are more than just fashionable, but more importantly functional. Flight 001 even has their own line of accessories ranging from lingerie bags to neck pillows to sleep masks. The Flight 001 Spacepak System recently won the best travel accessory award from Travel & Leisure magazine. The Spacepak System includes several simplified bags for clothes, shoes, lingerie and suits that allow for more room in your suitcase, ultimately ensuring an easier experience packing and unpacking.

For the beauty lovers out there, Flight 001 carries a multitude of pampering products that can be used before, during and after your flight in order to keep you refreshed, revived and rejuvenated no matter where you’re headed. From a travel sized Koress bath and body set to Dr. Hauschka’s Aromatherapy Kit for spa like suds, there are more than enough reasons to relish in the relaxation with Flight 001′s beauty bounty.

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Created in 1998 by two friends and business travelers, John Sencio and Brad John, Flight 001 has grown from a concept to a successful brand that is only going to soar to new heights. With locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dubai (Chicago opens in May 2006) and plans to open four stores a year around the world, there is no stopping Flight 001 from revolutionizing the way we travel and doing it in style.

If you can’t make it to one of the cutting edge boutiques, be sure to book a reservation for the website and check out the latest looks in travel-

Originally published April 2006
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