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Tarpaulin has a long pedigree as a humble but indispensable ground cover and wet-weather shelter for campers. Hideo Wakamatsu has upgraded the material to a decidedly more glamorous use — as luggage. Taking advantage of tarp’s water resistance, durability, light weight and flexibility, the travel ware designer has introduced a big roomy 25-inch wheeled tarpaulin bag in shiny red, white, blue or black. There’s no metal frame to weigh the bag down or take up precious space, and built-in straps let you cinch down the sides when you need less storage. What you get is kind of a cross between a duffel bag and a traditional trolley bag, with a snazzy rusticity. Interior straps and pockets aid organizing. An electric blue lining adds a touch of class, and makes finding items easier. The bag also is available in a wheeled carry-on model in the same choice of colors.

Hideo Wakamatsu 25-inch Tarpaulin Check-In Trolley in red, white, black or blue is about $210; wheeled carry-on, $179. Info at

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