It’s never easy to find the right suitcase. There are so many factors to consider: style, size, materials, compartments, pricing, etc. Check out these options from seven brands.
Materials will often determine a suitcase’s durability and weight. Most suitcases are made of aluminum, leather, nylon or hard plastic. Rimowa is among the top three brands for aluminum cases, and its minimalistic styles are quite popular. Its use of aluminum was inspired by the JU52 aircraft. It makes Rimowa cases very light, but also easily dented. Having said that, one can’t be precious about hard knocks to suitcases in journeys.
Crash Baggage, $591
Italian brand Crash Baggage makes dents a special feature of its luggage. It’s fun and effective in disguising dents, and most importantly it’s affordable.
Louis Vuitton, $5,600
Louis Vuitton is a true suitcase specialist, evident by the undamaged interior of a Louis Vuitton suitcase retrieved from the Titanic wreckage on the seabed decades after its demise. Its black Horizon 55 suitcase has an alluring gradient rainbow strip this year. Horizon is known for being light and practical, and the widened pull handle makes it much easier to transport. The handle is placed outside the suitcase, leaving a flat space inside for additional contents. Prada, $4,500
Prada’s Saffiano leather case is practical, too. Understated with luxury details, there are small compartments on the outside for slipping in bits and pieces. The zipper closing allows for stuffing more into the case, compared to using locks. It comes with a protective cover and an accessory bag that can be slipped onto the pull handle for easy access to passports and wallets. Another secret is Bluetooth for tracking the suitcase’s location within 40 metres, though the handy feature adds to the weight of the case.
For a unique look, try Hong Kong brand Ookonn, known for its round suitcases. Its founder and designer, Anson Shum, used to attend fashion weeks in Europe as a public relations man. He noticed that fashionistas cared about dressing up, but not having sassy suitcases, so he set up Ookonn to change this. The uniquely round suitcases can be personalized with choices of letters and colour strips.
Paul Smith x Globe-Trotter, $2,700
Paul Smith collaborated with long-standing British brand Globe-Trotter to produce an exciting limited-edition retro suitcase. It has the DNA of Globe-Trotter’s classic white wax wooden cases and is accented with Paul Smith touches at the four corners.
Chanel, which hasn’t been big on suitcases, has unveiled a denim case featuring its signature quilt and logo, and braided leather and chain for the handle. It looks fabulous with lots of detail, works well and is surprisingly light.