When Insoek Paek opened this luggage, handbag and travel accessories store in 1989, he wanted to create a neighborhood shop with a European feel. He’s done exactly that by stocking the neatly organized bag emporium with international brands such as Upla and Jack Gomme from France, and Italian line Mywalit. Paek draws on his hospitality experience from stints at South Korean hotels, chatting up customers to recommend items and personally delivering purchases throughout Manhattan for free. Last-minute types who always find themselves running to the gate should invest in Tumi rolling carry-ons ($395) or Samsonite hard-side bags with rotating wheels ($189) for quicker sprints. Cover and safeguard your suitcases with clear Luggage Protect bags ($30) or guard your hands from blisters with Lewis N. Clark Belle Hop cushioned handle wraps ($15).
49 Greenwich Ave
|Cross street:||between Charles and Perry Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm–8pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 14th St; 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq|