The A+D Structure and Design Museum’s Los Angeles Style Present

The A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles recently welcomed scores of designers and design aficionados to its annual fundraising fête, which was held in the lobby of the Variety building on Wilshire Boulevard. The theme of this year’s gala, Celebrate: The Journey, focused on the delights and challenges of travel in the 21st century. Cue the Kool & the Gang soundtrack!

A model sports a carry-on dubbed fold by cards in a runway presentation that took place during the gala. Photo: Harry van Gorkum/

The highlight of the gala was a runway show featuring a bevy of models dressed as foxy retro-style flight attendants displaying many of the 40 custom-designed carry-on cases conceived for the event by a wide array of talents from the fields of interiors, architecture, graphics, fashion, and product design. Participants included architects Steven Ehrlich, David Hertz, and Michael Rotondi, designers Trip Haenisch, Kathryn M. Ireland, and Karim Rashid, and multimedia artist–designer April Greiman.

Clearly My Carry-on, by Erica Islas of EMI Interior Design, was one of the 40 unique luggage pieces created for the event by an eclectic range of design talents. Photo: David Young-Wolff

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