We all dream of rocking up to the airport laden with glossy matching luggage all stacked up neatly on an airport trolley, preferably being pushed along by a team of good-looking security dressed in all back, don’t we?!
If you’re nodding your head right now, this is most certainly for you. Here are some of the best luxury luggage brands and bags available for a summer holiday splurge in 2013.
Oh Louis. You’ve done it again. If our love affair with the infamous LV Holdall wasn’t bad enough, Vuitton has gone and made a hard shell four wheeled beauty, boasting the classic LV print. Manufactured by the leather craftsmen at the Saint Donat workshop in France, and made from thermocompressed Monogram canvas and discreet fibre glass frame, the Zephyr suitcase comes in two sizes: 55 (9.4″ x 22.0 x 14.6″) and 70 (17.7″ x 29.1″ x 11.4″), and while they will set you back $3450 and $4250 (respectively), you can rest assured that this icon will stay with you for years to come! Just IMAGINE their faces at the Virgin Atlantic desk when you plonk this on the conveyor belt for check-in!
Aspinal of London
Aspinal of London specialise in luxury leather goods, and their travel accessories are gorgeous. You can pick up matching holdalls, luggage tags, passport covers, makeup cases and briefcases, all in beautifully crafted leather. Very chic. Pictured below, the Boston Bag in Tan Deer, £495 AoL at House of Fraser , Large Cabin Case in Tan Pebble, £975 Aspinal of London, Large Cosmetics Pouch, £59 Aspinal of London.
The classic Prada luggage advert from a couple of years ago shows off their delectable range of trolleys at their best. If only we could have one in every colour, to match each destination! Perhaps Red for Spain, Blue for the UK, White for The States…there is clear purchase justification emerging here. At $3100, its pretty steep, but flaunting Prada’s signature Saffiano leather, Prada logo lining, and enamel logo detailing for everyone to gorp at, its a no brainer really! Go on…treat yourself!
We love the collection of scotchgrain travel bags from British label Mulberry. These bags are built to last and the scotchgrain leather gives them a beautiful texture. The timeless Large Clipper bag in Mole-Cognac scotchgrain is perfect as a weekend bag, while the Black and Cognac scotchgrain trolley is perfect for use as a carry-on bag.
Started in 1975, Tumi takes its name from a Peruvian god and produces beautifully designed, functional travel pieces for discerning professionals and frequent travellers. Their Alpha collection includes a blue Lightweight Extended Trip Packing Case £661-945 and a Deluxe Carry On Satchel £445 with pockets for everything from electronics to shoes and water bottles.
This family firm based in the heart of the English countryside has been producing handmade leather bags for five generations. Add some colour to your carry-on luggage with the Encounter Leather Holdall in Honeydon Orange £490, or stick to a classic British look with the Explorer in Snuff Kudu Suede £555.
German brand Rimowa has been making luggage since 1898 and their bags are instantly recognizable. With a slogan “Handcraft meets high tech”, Rimowa bags have ridged hard cases made of lightweight aluminium and polycarbonate. These bags will definitely endure being thrown around by the airline baggage handlers at the airport! The signature grooves make these bags super sexy and the attention to detail on them is impressive. Try the Salsa Air line which has bags in different colours.