With the summer months very nearly upon us, it’s time to ready yourself for the holiday season – whether you’re indulging in a UK staycation or heading to a tropical paradise. Along with a suitably stylish wardrobe, you’ll need the perfect vessel to transport your stuff.
From high street brands to high-end specialists, we’ve carefully selected some of the most handsome luggage options available on the market, so you can travel in serious style, no matter the destination.
Start mentally packing your getaway gear with our top ten picks below.
1. Globe-Trotter 21″ Carry On Case
Nothing beats the vintage appeal of luggage brand Globe-Trotter, with its trunk-style pieces harking back to the golden age of travel.
Not only does this navy blue option feel gentlemanly and authentic – all of its trims are handcrafted on antique sewing machines – but it’s the perfect size to take with you on the plane, so there’s no chance of it getting knocked about in the hold.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £995.
2. Samsonite Skydro Spinner in Dark Olive
This sleek and sophisticated case from specialist brand Samsonite ticks all the right boxes. It’s big enough for a week’s worth of clothes (providing you’re not indulging in any winter sport), has four smooth multidirectional wheels for easy manoeuvrability and is finished with a subtle and suave pattern, adding to its understated elegance.
The clever built-in TSA combination lock will keep your belongings safe, too.
Available at samsonite.co.uk, priced £165.
3. Vocier C38 Case
Austrian label Vocier claims that it produces “the world’s most advanced luggage system” – a statement that’s hard to disagree with.
The brand’s impressive C38 case combines a zero-crease suit carrying system, laptop compartment and clever handle pouch for you passport, all in a handy carry-on size.
This is definitely an investment piece that will serve you well if you’re a frequent business traveller.
Available at vocier.com, priced £545.
4. Marks And Spencer Collezione Leather Holdall
If it’s a swift weekend away you need a bag for, high street stalwart Marks and Spencer has some great sturdy holdalls on offer.
This brown leather option from its Collezione line is simple yet luxurious, crafted from soft leather and finished with stylish white stitching. We guarantee you’ll be reaching for this every time you’re called away from home.
Available at Marks and Spencer, priced £149.
5. Tripp Superlite 4-Wheel Large Suitcase
The clue is in the name of this suitcase – it only weighs four kilograms, giving you that all-important extra baggage allowance to pack as much as you need.
Coming in a rich damson shade with a soft expandable shell, you’re sure to see it arrive on the baggage carousel when you touch down.
Available at tripp.co.uk, priced £79.
6. Tumi Tegra-Light Medium Trip Packing Case
Style is always at the forefront of American brand Tumi’s designs, offering travellers a vast range of suitcase shapes and sizes that don’t compromise on aesthetics.
This sleek grey option is not only a practical size, but also built to last, with a durable shell, TSA-integrated lock and reinforced sides for added protection. You won’t be replacing it any time soon.
Available at Selfridges, priced £725.
7. J.Crew Garment Bag
If travelling up and down the country for meetings is the norm for you, you’ll want to invest in a high quality suit carrier to ensure you always arrive looking sharp.
This garment bag has all the J.Crew hallmarks – preppy design, high quality construction, luxury details – while providing strong protection for your tailoring. You’re finally free to throw out those flimsy suit bags that are gathering dust in your wardrobe.
Available at J.Crew, priced £198.
8. Reiss Gallivant Black Wheeled Suitcase
A product of Reiss’ team-up with luggage label Steamline for SS15, the Gallivant suitcase is all about classic detailing.
With its authentic metal clasps and leather straps, we’re transported back to the romanticism of the Orient Express, while contemporary additions such as an extending handle and inner pockets bring us back to the present day.
Available at Reiss, priced £395.
Another suitcase filled with retro influences is this option by German label Rimowa, which offers a modern take on a classic design from the 1950s.
Its champagne-coloured shell adds to the stunning simplicity of the case, while its inner is designed to protect again humidity and temperature changes – perfect if you’re travelling to a tropical destination.
Available at Harrods, priced £785.
10. Louis Vuitton
No luggage countdown would be complete with a classic piece from Louis Vuitton. While we’re big fans of its iconic brown travel bags, we’re drawn to this handsome new take on its signature checkerboard print, in a modern palette of graphite and blue.
Whether you’re heading away for the weekend or have a short business trip lined up, this bag is always going to look the part.
Available at Louis Vuitton, priced at £1,220.