I’m back from a refreshing trip to New York. Three days of shopping and eating does a body good.
On Friday, while trying to dodge the throngs of tourists in Soho, I came across Flight 001, a funky travel store. I’d seen online ads for this store during various web searches for vintage airline bags. I didn’t have time to enter the store, but made a mental note to check the online store again.
But as luck would have it, I stumbled upon their Brooklyn location on Sunday when I was in Boerum Hill with my brother and ex-sister-in-law, heading to Bar Tabac for brunch. I made time to visit the store before my flight back to Chicago.
Flight 001 carries every type of travel accessory you could imagine: soap leaves, dry shampoo, colorful travel pillows, funky passport holders, compact umbrellas. I also found old school toiletry kits, with Brazilian, Japanese, and Italian airline logos.
Then I spotted what I was looking for: the back wall was lined with larger vintage travel bags: TWA, Pan Am, United. I bypassed the futuristic soap dishes and toothbrush holders and made my way to these bags.
But when I reached the back wall, I read with disappointment the sign accompanying the bags:
For display purposes only. Not for sale.