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The Dilemma of the Roller Bag

This note recently arrived in the Kempt inbox, timed for a February getaway:

I am looking for a leather or canvas traveling roller bag. Enough to fit a decent wardrobe. My J&M is falling apart and I wanted something with style. Any suggestions?

It’s a simple question, but a tough one. We prefer to stay far away from roller bags—just as we prefer to travel by convertible, bullet train or hydrofoil—but life is not always as we’d like it to be. Sometimes you need to leave your weekender bag at home in favor of something that fits in an overhead compartment and doesn’t strain your shoulder.

Handsomeness usually comes in a distant third, but it doesn’t have to. At least, not if you’re buying the right bag...

Our favorite roller bags, for use in emergency»

Dusting Off: The Concorde

It was the crown jewel of aircrafts from the moment it lifted off in 1976 until its sudden, catastrophic extinction 27 years later. The Concorde.

On the outside: a supersonic, transatlantic rocket ship with four Rolls-Royce engines cruising along the outermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere at Mach 2. On the inside: the last of the 1960s’ international jetsetters and the wealthiest of the 1980s’ Wall Street tycoons sipping champagne and moving twice as fast as everyone else in the world. “You can be in London at 10am and in New York at 10am,” said Sir David Frost, a Concorde regular. “I have never found another way of being in two places at once.”

And then, like Keyser Söze, poof: it was gone.

We’d like to dust off the fleet...»

Reasons to be Thankful

Off the Cuff: The sharp eyes at Valet spot a new trend: the cuffed trouser. Not for the short in stature, but otherwise good fun. [Valet]

On the Runway: In case you’re stressing out about your Thanksgiving Day flight, here’s a chart of the most frequently delayed airlines—to go with our own travel advice. [The Atlantic Wire]

Tips of a Con Man: If you'd rather just walk onto the plane, the McKays reprint some choice excerpts from Frank Abagnale’s autobiography, Catch Me If You Can. [Art of Manliness]

The French Invasion Continues: A very handsome sweater out of France…but since the writers are English, they call it “an ace jumper.” [Proper Mag]