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Tag: A Game for Your Bag

Thursday, February 17, 2005; Page C02

In a sea of commonplace totes, laptop cases, briefcases and work bags, there's an accessory that can brand the bag as your own.

"There are so many plain, basic, conservative bags," says designer Elissa Bloom. Different tags "add a little bit more fun and uniqueness."

Fabric Commuter, $328 at Coach, 3259 M St., NW or coach.com. From left: Rachel SkyBelle luggage tag, $19 at National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW and elissabloom.com. Beaded "F" ornament, $10 at shopparcel.com. Circuit board tag, $12 for three), at eco-artware.com. Ganz initial key ring, $4.50 at the Shop at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Tepper Jackson by Jackie Shapiro multi dot luggage tag, $12.50 at plumparty.com. (Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)

Besides the usual luggage tags, there are unconventional items like an initial key ring or beaded letter ornament. In the mundane workday, they become a conversation piece, says Bloom, and give us something "to smile about."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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