It’s that time of the year, when you draw up New Year’s resolutions and almost always, every list in the world has a resolution to travel more. You may choose to travel alone or with a companion, but the one thing you will need constantly, is a suitcase to pack in your aspirations and unpack your travel tales with. Philosophical as it may sound, but a well-travelled suitcase is not only the witness to your journey but also the keeper of your roots and belongings.
It is very hard to invest in a new piece of luggage, till you have utilized every ounce of functionality from your old bag. Which is why, my thumb-rule is to go for a bag that matches your personality and can be easily recognized on the conveyor belt. Experts, however classify suitcases in terms of brand, design, warranty, materials, even features like zippers and handles. I pretty much opt for strong bags, that are lighter in weight and that have ample space. But most importantly, they have to be well designed and offer impeccable quality. Let’s have a look at eight suitcases that are based on these values.
Louis Vuitton Horizon 55 designed by Marc Newson
This Damier Graphite suitcase sports an eye-catching design and has been commissioned under the Marc Newson collection. The printed patches that the canvas exterior hosts are charming and tell travel tales like never before. This hard-case bag has a flat interior and features 4 wheels. Louis Vuitton has included TSA locks that are discreet and easy to use. Team it with the Louis Vuitton Echo connected device, and you can travel hassle-free across the globe, in the safe knowledge that your baggage can be tracked at any airport.
Tumi Tegra-Lite Max Medium Trip Expandable Packing Case
Tumi has always stood for style, durability and quality. Keeping up with the trends, most collections are innovative and fashionable. What I love about their bags, is that you can find them in abrasion-proof ballistic nylon, hardside or fine leather, and yet be floored with the versatility. The Tegra-Lite Max Medium Trip Expandable Packing Case is crafted in hardside and is expandable. The double-turning wheels make it easy for you to navigate the bag in a busy airport. Manufactured using Tegris – a propriety material made from polypropylene thermoplastic composite called Milliken – Tumi takes pride in this collection. Apparently this is the same material used by Nascar race cars for their lifesaving armor and as protection for NLF players. Certainly conversation-starter trivia!
Samsonite Black Label Lite-Cube DLX 31″ Spinner
For more than a century, Samsonite has been synonymous with dependable bags. Their suitcases last you a lifetime, and as a brand their products and services have never let you down. Best known for their four-wheel spinners and gliders, today we showcase the Lite-Cube DLX luggage. This Aluminum-color bag is very stylish and is made in Europe. To ensure durability, and yet retain the glam metallic finish, Samsonite has used the light Curv material. Teamed with a TSA lock, the bag comes with a shoe and laundry bag, along with a detachable smart packing frame with hanger.
Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Expandable Medium Case
Known for their super-sexy Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox gives us luggage that is not only versatile but also functional. They have been delivering travel gear since 1999, some of which is award-winning, like this Spectra 2.0 Expandable Medium Case. The key features include up to 47% more capacity, hypalon exterior compression straps, front-zippered case for top-load packing and eight-wheels.
With foundations in leather camera cases, Parisian brand Delsey expanded into the luggage business in 1970. Their first collection featured a hardcase lineup and their specialty still remains hardside bags. Well known for creative innovations, the Delsey Pluggage is every hard-core traveler’s wet dream. Besides hosting an integrated digital scale that weighs the bag automatically, the Pluggage comes with a removable GPS tracker and an ultra-secure digital lock. Other than using digital fingerprints to open the bag, you can control the lock via Bluetooth and a dedicated App (available on iOS and Android) or the 3-digit combination. Power banks can be placed in the neoprene pocket, however you need not use it to juice up your devices, the bag features USB ports to hook up smartphones and tablets, on the go. The DELSEY PARIS app comes in three languages and can alert the owner when their bags arrives at the baggage carousel.
Gucci Signature Suitcase
Fashion brand Gucci exudes confidence and authority with their luggage line. The Gucci Signature Suitcase is a mid-sized bag with four wheels. It is made in Italy and using the technique of heat debossed Gucci Signature leather along with a defined print and sporting a firm texture. This bag comes with a padded front exterior pocket, that is significant to the design. For your carrying convenience, the bag features retractable leather and telescopic top handles.
Briggs & Riley Large Expandable Spinner
The only two words that come to mind with a Briggs & Riley bag is ‘lifetime guarantee’. This mantra has seen the company grow leaps and bound, ever since its inception in 1993. The Large Expandable Spinner is for those who like to carry their world with them, when they travel. With the propriety Briggs & Riley CX™ system, you can expect the bag to expand by 25% to accommodate all your gear and shopping. The Makrolon® polycarbonate case offers enough protection to keep everything inside safe. Pick this one up for your long haul stays.
Off-White™ X Rimowa in “See Through” Black
Rimowa takes pride in using innovative materials. Their collaboration effort – Off-White™ is a limited edition series and is famous for being a transparent case. Quite a departure from their typical aluminum trunk. Accompanying the bag is a RIMOWA Flex-Divider system and a set of 3 “Miscellaneous” cotton dust-bags. I am particularly fond of the striped suitcase cove and the transparent amenity kit, but the kicker is the set of interchangeable orange wheels. To keep it stylish, an Off-White™ industrial luggage belt, and a striped leather luggage tag, completes the ‘limited edition’ vibe.