Finally, A Flight For Me

I have a confession. It’s time to come clean, dear readers. Maybe it’s because I saw Brokeback Mountain. Maybe it’s because the stores are already bursting with diabetes-inducing V-day candy. But it seems like a good day to confess a love.

I am in love . . . with luggage. Handbags. Wallets. Make-up bags. Useless travel-sized crap. Purses. Clutches. Bagettes. Bags, bags, bags, dammit.

Okay, so maybe that’s no surprise – but today I found an object for my affection in Hayes Valley. Maybe it’s been there awhile, I don’t care, I’m studying for the bar, so this city could’ve changed its name, I wouldn’t know it.


Flight 001 at 525 Hayes Street in the every growing Hayes Valley is the perfect balance of chic, kitsch, over- and reasonably priced fun for the traveler in us all. Whether your wanderlust demands you get yourself downtown or to Dubai, Flight 001 will help you get your stuff there in style.

I really dug their nice line of streamlined, functional yet attractive computer cases (more of the slim, padded sleeve variety than the briefcase kind, but you could pick up one of those too). Some were as pricey as the overrated, ubiquitous Timbuk2 line, but many were actually sensibly priced and ready to integrate with elements you probably already own.

Heading abroad? Mom calling with horror stories about stolen passports, pickpockets, and disturbing recommendations about mysterious money belts or other hidden carrying cases? Check. This store has more passport wallets and secured sleeves than you can count – all in colors and prints your mugger won’t be embarrassed to steal.

There’s also a wall of various vacuum packed travel items like neck pillows, eye masks, ear plugs, and many other objects the airline might give you for free – but why not show up jet-setted up anyway?

I believe the term Jetrosexual comes to mind – mainly due to the copies of some fabricated magazine by the same name available on the counter. But it works.

Flight 001 has already solved my gift giving conundrums for many friends for the foreseeable future since this store caters to girls – and guys – who have everything but need it in fuchsia, forest, or funkier than what they already have.

Go on, hop on board and have a nice flight.

1 Comment so far

  1. SEAN (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 7:39 pm

    I love this store. A lot of their stuff is such mod fun. I picked up a groovy-looking duct tape wallet recently. And a really chic flask for a friend’s birthday. And they even have a cutie ‘store dog’ who hangs out on the ledge by the front window most days.

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