This of course reminds me of several girls in my life but not more than one who sleeps on her tummy who with wisdom, I would give her my heart once again even as a friend.

With that said and my hopes for friendship still carried in my heart, todays topic is life & luggage.

Oh joy! you might say.  I hear ya.  Many people do not pay attention to luggage, but luggage is a very important part of life.

I go through luggage like I go through life, generously.  And because of tender hearts in my closet at the beach there is never enough luggage to go around.  Even my mom takes my luggage.  What else are friends and moms for?

Despite my generosity, I still find myself today lacking for a better luggage sense of mind and find myself always buying luggage as needed, but be patient, the Holy Spirit is still working with me

What is important is that in business I take luggage very seriously and we are in the process of reviving luggage once again as an important part of every day life.

I am influenced by people in history who took luggage very seriously like Louis Vuitton and H.J. Cave & Sons, a London-based leather luxury goods company founded in 1839 and regarded as the inspiration for modern luggage concepts.

Then there is Samsonite and various other labels that also take this business very seriously, as business should be taken and some companies go to extreme lengths believing people should feel good about their luggage and I like that.

When I think how important transcontinental travel is,  I think about luggage.  I think about luggage durability, waterproofing, stability and even styling.

I love trains and despite our advances in modern aviation, I see a great, wonderful and romantic future in travel by train and more affordable cabins so people can truly enjoy a cross-country trip in style something few people get to experience and having appropriate luggage will be the icing on the cake for any travelers’ cross-country train trip.

When traveling large distances on trains, planes, buses or automobiles, luggage details in travel are always a very important part to every trip we make in of our lives.

And if you ever lived out of your suitcase like me you know the importance of luggage and filing a baggage insurance claim when you luggage gets stolen.

C’est la vie

Next to Louis Vuitton in the designer luggage category are many companies but Mark Cross 1845 drew my attention first to designer luggage in 1980’s buying of all things their cologne.   

Mark. W. Cross & Co. was founded in 1845 in Boston, Massachusetts starting as a purveyor of carriage saddles and harnesses.

With time the house became known simply as Mark Cross and as time progressed they opened shops in New York and London and not yet known for luggage, rather they were importers and exporters of fine products aside from their basic business practices.

Mark Cross expansion overseas translated to first-time access to luxuries yet unknown to the American market. Beyond leather goods,  Mark Cross indulged in the finest china, crystal and other delights exporting them from abroad to the United States and became known as a company with exquisite taste.

In 1921 Mark Cross entered the market at Paris, France, like never before ushering in the roaring twenties and bringing to paris their unique style and personality and shipping back to America the finest Paris had to offer.

In the 30’s and 40’s the company entered into many lives during history most notably Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter and Fitzgerald family all who fell in love with all things Mark Cross 1845.

In 1934, Mark Cross expanded its offerings to include luggage, cigarette cases, jeweled evening bags, some of which were a collaboration with Seamen Schepps 1904.

In 1961 Mark Cross exchanged hands and in 1964 I was born.  17 years later  I fell in love with Mark Cross mens cologne and Carrera sunglass at a hundred dollars a pop before lost touch with Mark Cross which subsequently closed its doors in the 1990s.

The Horror to think of South Coast plaza without Mark Cross 1845 for their scent alone was truly unique and could be found no other place.  Thank God for FENDI a more than acceptable alternative.

I look forward again to giving men and women a taste of Mark Cross elegance, an aroma so rare and unique that I am surprised the company folded and its scent hard to find even since its reopening.

In 2011, Mark Cross had snuck back into the limelight and the Mark Cross Men’s collection, was introduced in Spring 2014,  a collection that combines vintage luxury with a new vision of sleek sophistication.

Both the Women’s and Men’s Mark Cross collections are inspired by the brand’s rich heritage, dedication to fine craftsmanship and use of the finest leathers in the world.

I look forward to incorporating Mark Cross into a greater fashion presence and competitive once again the luggage business.