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Brooke Burke and friends introduce Baggallini’s newest spins on go-to travel gear


Designer bags and totes are heavy on style, but they can also be a little too heavy for travel, outdoor activities or a supermarket run. This is one thing New York-based company Baggallini continues to address with its latest collection made from lightweight water-resistant fabric in a range of colours and patterns.
      A cavalcade of Dancing with the Stars personalities and other celebrities introduced the newest styles at Calamigos Guest Ranch in Malibu, Calif. The venue perfectly encapsulates the Baggallini mission with its creative fusion of rustic style, manicured gardens and chandeliers hanging from the trees, especially for an exclusive yoga class for VIP guests taught by Brooke Burke at her Malibu estate, followed by a press dinner MCed by her and current Baggallini president Devin Pike.
      In addition to Peta Murgatroyd, Jenna Johnson, Baskin Champion, Emma Slater and Daniella Monet, busy journalists and taste makers were invited to pick out a perfect piece for their upcoming adventures, have it monogrammed and pick out a coordinating strap for additional personalization.
      Although Pike addressed the crowd with the latest developments in the company’s long-term commitment to charities and career opportunities for women, we love the fact that the company was founded in 1995 by Ann Simmons and Dixie Powers, two enterprising flight attendants who understood the importance of combining fashion and function. With world travel making a comeback, the new pieces and indispensable Baggallini classics remind us to keep things light even when our bags have to do the heavy lifting.
      Baskin Champion (and Lucire Rouge co-founder Elyse Glickman) selected the Fifth Avenue Weekender Bag (US$148) while Dancing with the Stars pro Emma Slater and actress Daniella Monet (along with fellow Lucire Rouge co-founder Jody Miller) chose variations of the Medium Sling, available in navy, grey or black (US$70).
      For more information, visit www.baggallini.com.


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