Frequent Flyer? These Are The Best Luggage Brands To Invest In
Whether on the road (again) or in the sky, the right luggage is a stylish must-have. Here, 10 of the best brands.
Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, the journey is just as important as the destination. And, a key part of the journey is the little song and dance at the baggage carousel—wherein a flight of recently disembarked bleary-eyed passengers wearily go through the mental back-and-forth of trying to recall just which identical black suitcase is theirs.
Seasoned travellers know that the best luggage unites utility and style; fulfilling the brief at hand (namely, safely transporting your goods) while bearing a design touch or two that make it easily distinguishable. Fortunately, long-haul carry has become more than an afterthought, with dedicated luggage brands and renowned luxury fashion houses alike creating stylish suitcases and weekenders that elevate the journey.
From heavy-duty aluminium options to and logo-laden classics to vintage-inspired luggage redolent of old-world glamour, these are the best suitcases and carry-ons to invest in.
Hermès Etribelt 48hFourre-Tour Bag
It’s not all Birkins and Kellys; Hermès’ peerless approach to craftsmanship extends to the realm of luggage. Crafted from canvas with leather handles and details, the Etribelt 48hFourre-Tour Bag is the ideal weekender or carry-on. With a generous inner compartment and interior pockets for storing smaller goods, it’s a safe bet for shorter journeys.
Louis Vuitton Horizon 70
For many years, Louis Vuitton was one of the few purveyors of stylish luggage. The French luxury fashion house has its origins in the art of travel, with its eponymous founder beginning his career making trunks for Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo before establishing the Louis Vuitton brand in 1854. Proving all-over logos can be subtle, the Horizon 70 in black is crafted from durable monogrammed canvas with leather-edged corners and features a wide-set handle.
Rimowa Classic Check-In L
Designed with discerning travellers in mind, Rimowa luggage has become known the world over for its signature grooved aluminium shells. Renowned for their style and durability in equal measure, Rimowa suitcases are the ultimate investment piece — often being passed down through generations. The Rimowa Classic Check-In L features heritage design details like high-glass aluminium corners and leather-covered handles that complement the starkly boxy shape of the anodised aluminium alloy.
Montblanc #MY4810 Large Trolley
Montblanc’s attention to detail isn’t merely limited to writing instruments, with the German luxury goods house also dabbling in luggage. Crafted from lightweight polycarbonate with leather trimmings and rendered in monochromatic black, it’s subdued and understated yet easily identifiable by way of its statement grooved front and branded panel.
Valextra Boston Travel Bag
When it comes to luxury leather luggage, Milanese brand Valextra is the way to go. The Valextra Boston Travel Bag is the ideal carry-on or weekender, with the structured leather duffle bag featuring an expandable internal compartment and a surplus of internal and external pockets to keep you belongings in order. A detachable shoulder strap allows it to be worn on the shoulder.
Globe-Trotter Centenary Large Check-In
For vintage-style luggage, Globe-Trotter should be your first port of call. Founded in 1897, the brand has retained the trunk construction of yesteryear, with each Globe-Trotter suitcase ensuring you travel in style no matter where you go. Crafted from rich forest green and deep brown leather, the Globe-Trotter Centenary Large Check-In is suited to lengthy sojourns, with space for everything you need for a month or two abroad.
Steamline Luggage The Architect Stowaway
Founded in 2005 with the aim of returning old-world elegance to travel, Steamline Luggage artfully interprets the design codes of heritage pieces. The Architect Stowaway suitcase is destined to make you the star of the baggage carousel; a navy body is accented by cream and burgundy trims. Inside, it’s lined with an Art Deco-inspired print.
Zero Halliburton Medium Travel Case
Founded in 1938, Zero Halliburton is something of a movie star in itself, having appeared in over 200 films including Mission Impossible and Inception. While its attaché case typically receives supporting role status, the American luggage brand’s check-in suitcases are not to be overlooked. The Zero Halliburton Medium Travel Case is crafted from hardwearing aluminium and features the brand’s signature double-ribbed design. A scalloped grip handle on the body makes it easy to access the case at any angle, while the custom-designed wheel system allows for smooth multi-directional movement.
FPM Milano Bank Spinner 55mm
Heritage style and contemporary materials co-exist in harmony in the FPM Milano Bank Spinner 55mm. A soft leather handle sits atop an aluminium shell, with interiors compartmentalised to promote optimal organisation.
Approx. $2100; fpm.it
Brunello Cucinelli Garment Bag
Don’t just fling your suit into your suitcase like a heathen. Use a dedicated garment bag. Naturally, Brunello Cucinelli’s take on the style embodies the best of the best; crafted from grained leather, it’s equipped with an adjustable closure. The garment bag opens out to reveal a waterproof internal system, with the option to add hangers allowing clothing to be optimally stored.