Style: New It Bag Locks and Rolls

Designer luggage rolls down the runway

Forget about handbags for a moment and look around. Globe-trotting professionals with heavy laptops in tow are turning to upright rollers to transport their gear. The increasing popularity of those mobile offices has brought high fashion to what used to be a purely functional accessory. Suddenly every brand from Prada to Valentino is rolling luggage down the runway.

"There's been a huge surge in the business for roller luggage in the last two years," says Peter Cobb, a vice president and co-founder of an online luggage purveyor that averages 170,000 hits a day. "They used to be only...

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