If shoes make the man, luggage makes the traveler.
Seriously, good luggage can make or break a trip. Which is why, when most of us find a solid, reliable carry-on or rollaboard, we stick with it way longer than we should. If it’s time to update your luggage inventory, consider these four bold options.
Herschel Supply’s Trade Luggage is well-known for its simple, classic silhouette. The hard-sided line offers essential features like quiet, multi-directional wheels, TSA-approved combinations locks, and zippered mesh storage pouches with adjustable straps. But, this year, they’re going bolder and thinking outside the tried-and-true black shell. Trade Luggage is now available in Realtree Xtra Camo print — perfect for hunters, jarheads, and anyone who likes to hide at the baggage carousel. Available now in Small (carry-on) or Large sizes in limited quantities.
London-based Ted Baker understands the difference between garish and bold. The brand’s signature look blends modern British design sensibilities with a healthy dose of sophistication and in-your-face swagger. The exterior shell of the Rubruck Graphite Suitcase features a dark, garnet red frame with a graphite, polycarbonate inlay that looks as if it were pulled straight off Ferrari’s latest supercar. The interior is adorned with a bird print lining (a la Tommy Bahama) that should feel gaudy, but instead provides a dash of irony. Available now in Dark Red for £245 direct from Ted Baker.
On the surface, The Gateboarder Case offers the same, sleek, almost too reserved look that Kenneth Cole is known for. But, this bag’s boldness is more about what it does rather than how it looks. Drop the rear wheel of this otherwise standard hard-sided rollaboard, and it transforms into a suitcase-scooter hybrid. A rear foot brake ensures you won’t become a gatecrasher. While it may look and sound like a ridiculous concept, we like the thought of never having to run through the airport to catch a connecting flight. With a full-featured Razor-esque scooter available no matter where you travel, it’s hard to imagine you’ll ever be late. Available now for around $199 USD.
A newcomer to the U.S., Ebby Rane crafts sophisticated luggage for the discerning gentleman traveler (with a price tag to match). While the look of their Quartermaster Homme is stylish and mostly modern, distinct vintage elements recall the good ol’ days of travel when no man left home without a VW-sized steamer trunk. Vegetable-tanned leather trim, a custom dopp kit, and gold-stamped carryalls make it clear that this is not your papa’s Samsonite suitcase. The full set includes a leather valet and seven carryalls to provide safe space for shoes, beachwear, and “knickers” (their words). Available now directly from Ebby Rane for around $925 USD.
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