Packing bags for trips away involves decisions on what to take. But there’s another choice to make: what suitcase will accompany your travels?
There is now an array of luxury luggage brands to pick from and all offer style and practicality in their collections. Companies range from fashion heavyweights Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren to travel specialists Tumi and Samsonite. Even sports car maker Porsche is getting involved with its Driver’s Selection suitcases.
Designs also vary. Veteran luggage manufacturer Rimowa has always been at the forefront of trends by adopting the latest material technology from airplanes for its hard casing. Its products are now visually just as progressive with a sleek, modern design.
Tumi packs a lot of flair with a deco floral design for its Vapor Large Trip Packing Case. It offers an ecletic selection of colors including a Bordeaux red (pictured) for other products too.
But Globe-Trotter, another veteran of suitcase-making, has kept with its heritage. The brand was founded by an Englishman in 1897 and past owners of its leather trunks include the Queen. Globe-Trotter retains its British grace to this day but has added wheels to many of its products to meet modern needs.
And many of today’s luggage lines have to satisfy the jetsetter’s requirements. Most offer two-wheel mobility while some go further with four-wheel 360° freedom of movement. Strict security protocols in the US mean suitcases should have TSA-approved locks. Structured compartments inside these products also make packing more organised. Victorinox, which made the original Swiss army knife before turning to luggage, has in-built hangar clamps in its Deluxe Garment Mobilizer to keep clothes wrinkle-free.
Luggage doesn’t always mean suitcases – Alfred Dunhill’s and Ralph Lauren’s weekender bags provide an alternative for shorter stays. They are stylish without sacrificing function and are spacious enough to allow you to bring what you need.
Italian luxury goods brand Bottega Veneta started in 1966. It is a lot younger than the other featured labels but it offers something different to hard-shell suitcases. The fashion house uses its signature intrecciato VN leather for its luggage line. The material is durable and stands up to the wear and tear of frequent travel.
All of our luxury luggage lines feature because they strike the balance between style, function and endurance. Traveling can be that much sweeter with a reliable companion in your hand.
Read on to find out more about the ten best luxury luggage lines.