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I don't know about anyone else, but unless I'm shoving belt buckles into my trousers, I can't get anyone to pay attention to me at Nordy's. That's why a few years ago I started making critical purchases at the Federal Army & Navy Surplus store in Belltown. Luggage? I don't travel without my duffel—so authentic that this out-of-shape, bearded traveler was once mistaken for a member of the Armed Forces as I plucked my trusty pack from the conveyor belt at the airport. The boys here know what you need. During one weekend visit, a friend was about to purchase an Israeli paratrooper bag when a knowledgeable employee approached him with an alternative. "I know this bag is smaller, bro, but the stitching is so much better. I think you'll be much happier with it." An army of one, indeed.—Chris Kornelis

 
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