The benefits of vitamin D have long been reported, but are you getting enough of this nutrient in your everyday diet for optimal health and wellbeing? Whether you opt for a daily dose of sunshine, a supplement, or fortified foods, getting enough vitamin D is vital when it comes to keeping your bones strong and your immune system firing on all cylinders.
Vitamin D is a nutrient with abundant benefits for our physical and mental health. However, very few foods naturally contain vitamin D besides fortified foods and drinks such as milk, breakfast cereals, yogurts and orange juices. The best food sources of vitamin D are fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and fish liver oils, while eggs, cheese and mushrooms contain small amounts.
Our bodies also make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. But as we all know, it’s important to wear sunscreen and stay in the shade to reduce our risk of skin cancer. Older people and people with dark skin struggle to make enough vitamin D in sunlight. So how can we make sure we’re getting enough of this vital nutrient?
One of the easiest ways to get enough vitamin D into our everyday diet is through the best vitamin D supplements, available in capsules, sprays and chewables. Make sure you check out what levels of vitamin D the National Institutes of Health (opens in new tab) recommends, depending on your age.
According to Rahaf Al Bochi, registered nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (opens in new tab), there are several benefits to vitamin D. “Vitamin D helps absorb calcium and phosphorus, which is important for bone and teeth health,” she says. “Vitamin D also plays a role in disease prevention such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, reducing the risk for depression.”
Rahaf Al Bochi, RDN, LDN
Al Bochi is a registered nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She practices through an intuitive eating approach and specializes in the Mediterranean eating pattern. Al Bochi is a member of the Academy's Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice group and a graduate of Ryerson University.
We’ve taken a deeper dive into some of these key benefits, along with others, to discover what this important nutrient can do for our physical and mental wellbeing.
Vitamin D is already known to help our immune system resist invading bacteria and viruses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (opens in new tab) (CDC). But the recent Covid-19 pandemic has shown how powerful vitamin D can be in supporting our immune systems against more severe diseases.
A review released in 2022 (opens in new tab) into the role vitamin D plays in fighting Covid-19 found that low vitamin D levels may increase the risk of infection and may also increase its severity. Researchers concluded that vitamin D supplementation could protect people from respiratory diseases and prevent it from progressing in severity, reducing the risk of death.
Vitamin D is vital to building and maintaining strong, healthy bones and teeth. It does this by promoting calcium and phosphorus absorption in the gut, which helps bones to mineralize, increasing strength and hardness.
Not getting enough vitamin D can lead to tooth loss and leave bones brittle and weak. It can even cause rickets in children and osteoporosis in older adults. With more than 53 million adults (opens in new tab) in the U.S. at risk of developing osteoporosis, vitamin D could be a powerful tool in increasing bone health.
Vitamin D helps to regulate heart function and reduce blood pressure, while vitamin D deficiency is associated with heart problems, stiffening arteries and high blood pressure.
Although there is not enough evidence to support the idea that vitamin D supplementation can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), many health experts argue that it reduces blood cholesterol levels (opens in new tab) and high blood pressure (opens in new tab), both of which can contribute to CVD.
Vitamin D may help the body Boost its sensitivity to insulin, which is the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. This can reduce the risk of insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Numerous studies, such as one published in the Biochemical Journal (opens in new tab), have also linked vitamin D deficiency to developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the NIH (opens in new tab), vitamin D can inhibit or slow the progressions of certain cancer tumors. This may be because of its anti-inflammatory effect or because it may be able to stop the tumor from growing blood vessels.
A 2019 meta-analysis of trials into vitamin D supplementation and cancer incidence and mortality published in Annals of Oncology (opens in new tab) found that while vitamin D did not reduce cancer incidents, it significantly reduced cancer deaths by as much as 13% (opens in new tab).
However, one study reported an association between a higher intake of vitamin A and invasive breast cancer, with subjects experiencing a 28% rise (opens in new tab) in risk.
People with cancer should always speak to their oncologist before opting for vitamin A supplementation.
Lots of studies over the years, including one published in the journal of Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders (opens in new tab), have shown that people who get more sunlight exposure and vitamin D from their diet have a reduced risk of developing MS, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. As the NIH (opens in new tab) notes, people who live in hotter, more sunny countries rarely develop this condition compared to those who live in cooler, cloudier countries.
Some experts suggest vitamin D supplements could reduce the risk of developing the disease or Boost symptoms associated with MS, as a 2021 article published in Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine (opens in new tab) argues. However, we need more evidence to be sure of the benefits.
More evidence is emerging that vitamin D can be an essential tool to support mental wellbeing. In 2020, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in Depression and Anxiety (opens in new tab) compared the effect of a vitamin D supplement and a placebo on thousands of participants with ‘negative emotions.’ Researchers found that vitamin D supplementation improved the mood of patients with major depressive disorder.
However, a 2021 review in the Journal of Clinical Medicine (opens in new tab) that looked into the use of vitamin D in healthy adults did not find consistent evidence to support the use of vitamin D in combating other mental health problems. Researchers also noted that some studies recommended physical activity in addition to supplementation or recommended food sources of vitamin D instead.
So while we can cautiously say vitamin D may have a mood-boosting effect, especially on those with depression, we need more research on how it does this and how it should be combined with other methods of supporting mental health.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer medical advice.
As a service organization, Save the Children wants to know the impact of its programs.
And the information it needs to gather to make that judgment differs from data typically collected by reporting software, says Sarah Angel-Johnson, the UK-based NGO’s CIO and vice president of business and technology solutions.
Using traditional measures, around project outputs, was serving neither the workers nor the children they aid as well as the organization wanted. So Angel-Johnson and her IT team have been reframing their thinking, drawing on the principles of human-centered design. They’re creating personas, including one representing children, and considering scenarios from their perspectives, asking, “What do they need?”
“It has revolutionized how we approach technology and data,” Angel-Johnson says.
Angel-Johnson, herself a practitioner of human-centered design, says she started cultivating the discipline within her technology team soon after joining the nonprofit in 2020, believing that conventional IT has often missed the mark in what it delivers.
“My view of tech is it’s a ‘how’ and we’re often missing the ‘who,’” she says. “Everyone wants to adopt tech without asking, ‘Who will use it?’”
She compares that approach to making a car engine first, without considering what the driver actually needs from the engine. “In most organizations that I’ve seen, we start with tech and it’s the wrong place to start. We need to flip it,” she adds.
Angel-Johnson describes human-centered design as “a mindset that puts people at the heart of any work; it’s around empathizing with people.”
But she and others note that human-centered design is also a discipline that brings specific skills and techniques to the process of building a product or service.
Technology teams build better, more robust products and services when they have a true understanding of individuals, their needs, and their journeys, Angel-Johnson says.
“I find my results are more robust. They’re closer to what’s actually needed, and I have higher returns,” she says, adding that leveraging human-centered design principles also helps technology teams deliver faster and at lower costs — mostly because they’re hitting closer to the mark on their first delivery.
This focus on the individual — the human element — happens not by chance but by intention.
Angel-Johnson established a human-centered design approach as part of her overall transformational agenda and her digital and data global strategy. She created teams that included practitioners of human-centered design (new hires as well as upskilled employees) who are “empathizing with the users” and working with product managers and software professionals using agile development principles to turn ideas into reality.
Case in point: A team recently created a child-centered tool, which sits on Salesforce, that gathers and consolidates data to illustrate whether all the projects supporting an individual child helps meet his or her needs — something that informs Save the Children not just on a project output but on overall outcome and impact.
Although specific figures are hard to come by, analysts, researchers, and CIOs say there’s a growing interest in and adoption of human-centered design. And with good reason, as adding this discipline to technology shops creates more useful and useable products and services, they say.
To those unfamiliar with the practice, human-centered design may seem similar to user interface design or more broadly to user experience concepts. But human-centered design goes further by putting the human at the core of the entire process, not just the interface or the experience.
That’s a change from traditional IT thinking, which historically starts with the technology, says Lane Severson, a senior director at research firm Gartner. “The prominent form in IT is machine-driven or tech-centric,” he explains.
In contrast, human-centered design starts with personas and questions around the personas’ needs, wants, and ambitions as well as their journeys, Severson says.
That, according to practitioners, is what sets human-centered design apart even from user-centered design, as user-centered design still starts with the product and then asks how users will use and experience it — rather than starting with people first.
Research shows that a shift to starting with individuals and putting humans at the heart of innovation and ideation produces measurable results. Severson points to Gartner’s 2021 Hybrid Work Employee Survey, which found that employers with a human-centric philosophy across the business saw reduced workforce fatigue by up to 44%, increased intent to stay by as much as 45%, and improved performance by up to 28%.
Despite such findings, Severson and others say many CIOs and technology teams — and organizations as a whole — have yet to adopt the approach. CIOs often have more immediate challenges to address and other workforce changes to make, such as the move to agile development.
Yet Severson says more technology shops are bringing in human-centered design and seeing good returns for their efforts.
Katrina Alcorn, who as general manager for design at IBM leads the software design department and design thinking practice, has been a human-centered design practitioner for more than 20 years and says it’s not only a mindset and discipline but common sense.
Still, she acknowledges the approach has been slow to catch on. “You’re creating something for a human, but more often than not we have a tendency — especially with highly technical solutions — to start with the core tech and then figure out how to get people to use it,” she says. “That’s just backwards.”
Alcorn says IBM has been strengthening its muscle in design thinking. The company now offers training and certifications, which give not only designers but others working with them a common understanding of the concept and its principles as well as the language.
“What I call discovery you might call the observe phase, so we do have to align our language to be successful,” she says, adding that technologists who are good listeners and who are curious, empathetic and open to new ideas are already demonstrating key elements of human-centered design.
But that isn’t enough to succeed — at IBM or elsewhere. “It’s not enough to hire designers and say, ‘We do design thinking,’” she says. “If companies want to be successful with human-centered design, they have to create the conditions for designers to thrive.”
Here, embedding human-centered design within the product and service teams is key. As is building out those teams with staff who are familiar with the principles, value the approach, and allow time for research and other parts of the process to happen.
“You want to bring your designers in early, in the problem-framing stage,” she adds.
Joseph Cevetello, who brought the approach with him when he joined the City of Santa Monica in 2017, is one such CIO doing that.
Cevetello, who had learned about human-centered design during his tenure in higher education, is a fan of the approach. “There’s no better way to get to the needs of the people, the customers,” he says. “I can’t think of any better way to approach innovation than to have that human-centered mindset.”
Cevetello, who models the approach to help instill its principles within his IT team, had staffers work on a project with the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub using the human-centered design approach to ideate solutions. That effort paid off, as Cevetello saw his team use that approach in early 2021 when developing a mobile app aimed at making it easier for citizens to connect with the city.
Like others, Cevetello says the human-centered design process all starts with empathy. “To me, empathy is the key to all of it, empathy meaning really trying to engage in a robust inquiry into who the customers are and what their challenges are,” Cevetello says, adding that one of his first tasks was getting his IT team to think in these terms. “I had to get them to think about citizens as customers and these customers have needs and desires and they’re experiencing challenges with what you’re providing. It sounds simple, but it’s very transformational if you approach it from that perspective.”
Sathish Muthukrishnan, the chief information, data, and digital officer at Ally Financial, also believes in the value of human-centered design and the need to start by asking, “What do people really want?” and “What do customers need from banking?”
“We have moved from problem-solving to problem definition,” he explains. “So we’re sitting with marketing, sales, internal engineers, finance and figuring out what we’re really trying to solve for. That is different from building something for people to buy.”
To build the capacity to do that, Muthukrishnan created an innovation lab called TM Studios, whose workers engage directly with customers, handle external research and review customer feedback. (Technology team members rotate through TM Studios to gain and enhance their human-centered design skills, Muthukrishnan notes.)
Muthukrishnan also looks for new hires with experience and skills in human-design thinking, and he offers training in the discipline for employees. Furthermore, Muthukrishnan expects his team to put human-centered design to use, starting with the inspiration phase.
“That’s where you learn from the people you service, immerse yourself in their lives, find out what they really want, emphasize with their needs,” he says. That’s followed by ideation — “going through what you learned and how Ally can use that to meet their needs” — and then implementing the actual product or service.
Muthukrishnan says these tactics ensure “what you’re delivering is most useful and extremely usable for the consumers you’re building for,” adding that the approach enables his team to consider all potential solutions, not just a favored technology — or even technology at all.
Ally’s conversational AI for customer calls is an example of the results. Ally Assist, as it is called (“We don’t trick people into thinking it’s a person,” Muthukrishnan says), will transfer customer calls about Zelle money transfer issues to a live person because Muthukrishnan’s team recognized through its focus on customers “that those are issues that need a human interface.”
“That,” Muthukrishnan adds, “is human-centered design.”
Collagen is found throughout the body in muscles, bones, connective tissue and skin, and is something we create ourselves from amino acids. It is the most abundant protein in the body, but you may have heard there are some potential benefits of collagen when taken as a dietary supplement.
As we age, our bodies become less effective at making collagen, and we may find ourselves with brittle nails, thinner hair and more fragile skin. This is due to the presence of collagen in the dermal layer of the skin, which is where our hair follicles live and age-related collagen production drop off. As well as the visible signs of aging, we may feel the effects of less collagen in our bodies in the form of joint pain and weaker muscles.
We’ve spoken to experts about the main benefits of collagen and whether collagen supplements may be useful as we get older. Looking for more ways to top up your protein intake? Check out our round-up of the best protein powder to support muscle growth.
A review in the Gerontology (opens in new tab) journal indicates that the age-related loss and fragmentation of collagen fibrils (the protein structure) can cause delayed wound healing and even skin cancer development as the skin is weakened. As such, many topical anti-aging creams contain collagen, although this does little more than moisturize the skin.
Dr Deborah Lee, a medical doctor and representative for Dr Fox Online Pharmacy (opens in new tab), explains to Live Science that collagen production drops off as we age, which leads to skin sagging. “As we age, the production of collagen slows and the collagen produced is less efficient – which underlies many of the changes we see with aging, such as wrinkling and sagging of the skin, joint pain, loss of height, and fractures,” she says. “The structure of collagen is organized with a complicated fiber system, with chains of amino acids arranged in fibrils, like strong ropes, to provide a tight and reliable support structure.”
Having worked for many years in the U.K's National Health Service, initially as a GP, and then as Lead Clinician for an integrated Community Sexual Health Service, Dr Deborah Lee now works as a health and medical writer, with an emphasis on women’s health. She is a menopause specialist.
A 2019 review in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (opens in new tab) indicates that while collagen in skin creams isn’t effective, taking an oral collagen supplement in the form of collagen tripeptide saw notable improvements to skin elasticity. The review concludes that while research into collagen for skin health is still in its early stages, results are promising for collagen supplementation.
A review in the Mechanisms of Aging and Development (opens in new tab) indicates that cellular degeneration as we age may be responsible for the development of osteoarthritis later in life. The review highlights several causes of this cellular degeneration, and one of the factors mentioned is the reduced levels of collagen in the body as we age.
Dr Lee tells Live Science that sometimes those with arthritis take collagen to support joint health. “Collagen can be taken as a supplement to treat joint pain in those with arthritis. The scientific name is collagen hydrolysate, but it is also called hydrolysed collagen, purified gelatine, HCP and type 2 collagen,” she says. “Collagen is purchased as capsules which contain collagen usually made from beef, pork or fish bones, which have been boiled and processed.”
A meta-analysis in International Orthopedics (opens in new tab) shows promising improvements in osteoarthritis symptoms when patients were given collagen orally. When results were compared against several different scales, many showed an improvement to stiffness, although reported pain and functional limitation patients experienced was not significantly changed.
A British Journal of Nutrition (opens in new tab) study into the impacts of collagen peptide supplementation on elderly men when combined with resistance training showed an improvement in body composition and muscle strength. As resistance training puts the muscles under stress, the application of collagen, a structural protein, may help muscles effectively heal from that stress, increasing strength and tone.
In addition to this, some medical procedures use collagen membranes or grafts to promote faster wound healing. A review in the International Journal of Biomedical Sciences (opens in new tab) found that bovine collagen grafts create a favorable environment for bone regeneration. The review notes that 3% of people have an allergic response to collagen, so you should be careful when taking a supplement for the first time.
Collagen supplementation may also promote cardiovascular health. Research in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis (opens in new tab) where patients were given two daily supplements of collagen tripeptide over six months indicates that collagen can Boost signs of atherosclerosis (the hardening of arteries due to plaque buildup). Several methods were used to measure the improvement, including testing blood lipid levels. The study concluded that collagen tripeptide can be used as an effective treatment or preventative measure.
A clinical trial in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (opens in new tab) found that collagen supplementation can significantly Boost the condition of brittle nails. Patients saw an increase in nail growth and 88% of the participants saw an improvement even four weeks after the treatment.
Hair and nails are made primarily of keratin, which is another structural protein, but collagen plays a role in the health of our scalp and the layer of our skin which contains hair follicles. Having sufficient collagen within our bodies contributes to healthy hair follicles and by extension, healthy hair, as seen in research in Experimental Dermatology (opens in new tab). It also contains the amino acids needed to make keratin.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to offer medical advice.
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Holiday shopping is about to be in full effect and we're guessing there's probably one or two loved ones on your list that have expensive taste, making them harder to please come gift-giving time. If that's the case but you don't want to break the bank while gifting them a designer bag or pair of shoes, we've got a few other ideas that are just as luxe and thoughtful.
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A department manager has been branded "insensitive" by one of her subordinates for wearing designer clothes in the office.
According to a Mumsnet post detailing the situation, much of the criticism stems from the fact her staff are "overworked and underpaid," while she earns a "six figure salary" and appears happy to flaunt it.
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have—that used to be the mantra of many a workplace, but the pandemic has changed a lot of attitudes around work attire.
A study of more than 500 white collar workers conducted by location-based digital video network firm Captivate found that 53 percent of respondents had noticed a relaxation in the once strict dress codes governing their places of work.
But while bosses appear to have eased up on the need for workers to wear more formal attire in the office, in an unusual twist one employee has taken to social media to vent their frustration at their manager for choosing to dress smartly and stylishly at work.
Writing under the handle Mandarinthyme, the disgruntled worker explained that they are currently being managed by a "very young and glamorous" department head who is new to the company and earns around four times what her team members do.
Their particular gripe centers on her choice of clothing.
"Every day she swans into the office like she's dressed for the catwalk," the worker writes. "Different designer handbags, Rolex watch, Cartier bracelets, designer belts and shoes. Not to mention the perfect nails, hair and everything else."
Her look stands in stark contrast to that of her team, many of whom are struggling to get by. "The recent financial climate means many of us are struggling to heat our homes, worrying about mortgage/rental price hikes and generally having to really cut back," the employee explained.
Yet while their boss is aware of this, they said she "rubs her wealth in our faces 5 days days a week" with her choice of designer clothing, and several members of staff are considering contacting HR to complain.
Commenting on the dilemma, Diane Gottsman, National Etiquette Expert at The Protocol School of Texas told Newsweek "managers should dress professionally to set the standard."
"A manager is in a position of power to make trustworthy decisions, which include to the benefit of their employees. They set the company standard," she said, adding that in this instance, she could understand the brewing frustrations.
"A manager who flaunts their wealth while their employees are struggling, can very easily come across as insensitive and thoughtless. It's a sign of lacking good judgment when employees are struggling to make ends meet, and their manager floats in blinged out from head to toe," Gottsman said.
However, she felt the disgruntled employee should be careful not to jump to conclusions. "Who is to say this particular person hasn't been given these items from a family member or rented them or they are knock offs," she said. "If there is a real issue about wages, there needs to be a conversation with the manager for fair and equitable compensation."
Many of those commenting online also felt the worker was picking the wrong fight in hitting out at the boss. BernadetteRostankowskiWolowitz said: "Is she dressing in accordance with the uniform policy/dress code for the workplace? If so, then I'm not sure what the actual issue is."
FarmerRefuted commented: "Dragging her down isn't going to raise you up any higher so why bother? It smacks of petty jealousy," with Octomore adding: "It's not the fault of one woman that your company undervalues and underpays its staff. The focus needs to be on lobbying to be paid fairly."
But others like Devoutspoken could see things from the employee's perspective. "I think any overt displays of wealth are naff and not great in times of wealth disparity," they said.
Have you had a similar workplace dilemma? Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org. We can ask experts for advice, and your story could be featured on Newsweek.
Salon Art + Design held its 11th opening night on Thursday, welcoming over 2,500 visitors to the Park Avenue Armory. Gallerists and visitors remarked on how, with less COVID restrictions, many international exhibitors had returned to the fair, giving a huge boost of energy to the evening. Co-chaired by Nathalie and Laura de Gunzburg, proceeds from opening night benefitted Dia Art Foundation.
"We have a very strong design ethos at Dia; we have a very particular style, stance and brand, so the idea of partnering with design makes a lot of sense for us," said Dia Director Jessica Morgan.
A who's who of the design world, including editors, collectors, architects and designers arrived at the very beginning of the champagne preview, 4 PM, to beat the crowds. Amy Astley, Muriel Brandolini, Renee Rockefeller, Rena Sindi,Tony Ingrao, Pietro Cicognani, Jane Krakowski and David Rockwell browsed the booths in search of perfect pieces for their clients or themselves.
"Everyone is so excited to be back," said Liz O'Brien, who was showcasing a petal ceiling light by Stephen Antonson, commissioned especially for the occasion. "The fair has a great international feel, and great energy."
"This fair is really very intense for New York collectors," said Aline Chastel of Paris' Galerie Chastel Marechal. "We have a rare pair of armchairs by Jean-Michel Frank, made very early in his career, in 1927. We also have a fantastic, rare, special order lamp by Jean Despres, and a collection of Line Vautrin mirrors. There has already been lots of interest."
Benoist Drut, the owner of Maison Gerard, had the same optimistic feeling.
"It's the first time in a long time that people have been responsive to our pre-fair emails," said Drut. "Tonight is going to be a madhouse - we like that."
Drut was showing a curved sofa by Georgis & Migorodsky that was the hit of the fair. Upholstered in green velvet, with rounded side tables attached, it was the epitome of chic, admired by designers Alex Papachristidis and Richard Mishaan and collector George Farias.
At Cristina Grajales, iconic photographer Firooz Zahedi had three of his works on view.
"These photos were from slides that I took in the 80's," said Zahedi. "One of my slides had been damaged by moisture and the colors ran in to each other, creating these beautiful images. So I decided to damage a bunch of old slides on purpose - and sure enough the colors melded into each other." Two of the images were of James Dean in Giant, photographed from a television set, and the third was of a model who looked like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Zahedi, who will be signing copies of his latest book at the Grajales booth on Saturday, was walking the fair with his wife, highly respected collector Beth DeWoody.
"I've seen some great things here tonight," said DeWoody. "For example, Lynn Chadwick candlesticks, and a little Cesar sculpture, at Le Breton, a gallery from Monaco which I love. Also, Randy Palumbo's Love Sack at Cristina Grajales is amazing, and The Future Perfect is selling these wonderful heads by LA-based artist Eric Roinestad."
New Delhi-based Klove Studio was showing three spectacular totems, intricate light fixtures representing protection, abundance and beauty.
"It's our first time exhibiting in New York," said Klove Studio's Gautam Seth. "Each year we do a series of different totems."
The Salon Art + Design will be on view through November 14.
Quality over quantity never rings truer than when it comes to luggage brands. Trust us on this: The best designer suitcase will last you forever. Selecting the right suitcase is a two-part process; the exterior and interior are equally important. A travel bag should be durable and practical, but your luggage says more about you than you think. When you travel, how you look is how you feel. It’s all about striking the balance between sophistication and comfort, even when you’re racing through TSA with your carry-on.
That being said, you want to pick a bag that feels like you. As Jonathan Adler, the king of modern American interior design and resident jet-setter, puts it, “Just like in Harry Potter where the wand chooses the wizard, I’m a firm believer that luggage selects the lugger.” You’ll know the right bag when you see it. For Adler, it’s not always about the price. “For me, it’s a full suite of L.L.Bean’s totes. The small camo-print Hunter’s Tote carries my iPad, hand sani, and a muffin or three. I put my shorter half, Simon Doonan, in a large tote and shove that above my seat—voila! No more mishegas!”
But Adler has his own swankiness going on, and for others, dishing out a little extra for the designer piece gives them a swagger of their own. Maybe it’s the classic Louis Vuitton weekender bag that gives you the extra boost of confidence in the security line. Maybe it’s the logo-printed Gucci case that makes checking your bag feel somewhat honorable. Or maybe it’s just spotting your TUMI carry-on and feeling secure in its presence. Whatever your suitcase selection, be certain of it. If you decide to go the designer route and need some help choosing a case, we’ve got you covered with 10 of the best designer suitcase options out there. Time to get packing.
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