Carry-on luggage hasWHO NEEDS SANTA WHEN YOU HAVE Grams Christmas shirt . against all odds, become the ultimate status symbol. Just take those ultra-trendy Rimowa four-wheelers. Bella stepped out on her way to the airport in New York City last month with the Off-White x Rimowa collaboration trailing behind her, making the literal case for luggage as luxury item.Now, though, Lil Uzi Vert is (also!) making the case for a very different, yet just as covetable carry-on. While the Rimowa is an ultra-slick take on the conventional hard-case, Uzi’s bag of choice is much more unusual: a candy-striped, square Versace purse from the colorful and geometric Spring 2019 collection. In classic Uzi fashion
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