Designed to withstand the rigours of travel, though with a case that looks this good you might not want leave it from your sight, the Raleigh Spitfire Cases can be used as luggage or as a briefcase. The spitfire finish takes its cue from the historic English spitfire airplane in World War II, it echoes the plane’s multi-riveted construction of interlocking aluminium panels, and is finished through a five-stage process that creates an impression of worn, distressed metal. An absolutely distinctive look that will last for many years.
While it may not inspire, the Orion Suitcase by Hermès Design Director Gabriele Pezzini does have wonderful functional and aesthetic properties. To provide resistance to wear and tear, the Orion Suitcase has a brushed aluminum shell with an interior surface reinforced with carbon and kevlar. The leather handles and straps are an attractive contrast and offer an homage to the Hermès travel world – I alway appreciate the look of leather set against aluminum. The interior is lined with leather and it’s two handles allow you to carry it horizontally or vertically.
Sam’s Garage briefcases, an “ode to the luggage designers of the 50s and 60s,” are made with bent plywood with silkscreened graphics applied to the sides and fronts. The shape reminds me of suitcases from that period while the materials bring back memories of uncomfortable classroom desks of my youth. A not entirely positive memory but those desks looked better and last longer than their contemporary substitutes.
A case like this deserves to carry something more than a change of clothes or your days work; a traveling cocktail bar?
Sam’s Garage Briefcases
Designed by Vadim Kibardin the Bon Voyage suitcase is a contemporary take on traditional luggage with reinforcing ribs. Manufactured in a Czech factory that has been producing suitcases for over a century, these suitcases protect your belongings from the rigors of the overhead bin while maintaining a distinct stylish look. Available in three sizes and colors.
Bon Voyage Riveted Suitcase
After struggling with his heavy and awkward high-end suitcase in the snow outside LaGuardia, Henk, a Dutch real estate magnate, knew that there had to be a better solution. He turned to Frog design to realize his vision of a luxury travel suitcase that is both agile, strong and stylish. The result being the Travelfriend line of luxury luggage.
The Henk Travelfriend luxury travel suitcase may well be the finest suitcase made today. Made from a carbon-fiber composite shell, the Henk features an interior of Italian wood veneer and woven horsehair, buttons made of black ebony wood, interior dividers made of the same fabric found in parachutes, retractable handle and wheels, an integrated briefcase and a central locking system.
With a cap of 200 a year and a $20,000 price tag this an extremely luxurious and exclusive bag.
Henk Travelfriend Luxury Luggage
So much of what we buy today, even those items that are designed well, are after a time thrown away. They lose their ‘value’ quickly. They lack the quality and style that doesn’t get weak with the passage of time. Gathering inspiration from the leather upholstery of classic English sports cars like the E-type Jaguar, the Bentley Continental or the Jensen CV8, the Modern Traveller series are incredibly beautiful bags that you want to care for and cherish; an artifact that stays within your family for more than a generation.
The Bristol Suitcase’s exterior is composed of lightweight smooth calf or perforated calfskin and features 2 zipped external pockets, a detachable cotton webbing shoulder strap, hidden shoulder strap fasteners and twin slider metal zip. The interior features a bright red cotton drill lining, elasticated suit restrainers and leather hanging loops. Just large enough to fit a man’s jacket flat.
Bristol Suitcase from the Modern Traveller collection
Lightness, elegance and distinctiveness: these are the main values of Drop, the polycarbonate line designed by Mandarina Duck that teams design and technical features. With Drop, Mandarina Duck explores other worlds, finds new inspiration, collects ideas from contemporary design to create not so much a range of products, but a style of travel. A personal style, with great attention to detail and shape. A functional and at the same time sophisticated style. A style heightened in Drop thanks to its refined, clean and essential image.
Big enough to carry a small child, the Freestanding Edwardian is Crumpler’s largest bag for the wheelie lovers of the world. This versitile bag features a water resistant 900D polyester outer shell, ultra glide wheels, plenty of internal and external pockets, a utility backpack and laundry bag, side-loading laptop pocket, and three different color combinations. It’s the Swiss army knife of large luggage. Like all Crumpler products the Freestanding Edwardian is well made and attractive.
Crumpler Freestanding Edwardian
If non-black wheelie luggage is your thing than the Jetway from Gravis has you covered. The Gravis Jetway bag features durable Nylon with PU2 backing, a book-like opening for easy packing and unpacking, skateboard wheels, a telescoping handle with a comfort grip, 2 top handles for easy loading and unloading, and an easy access exterior pocket. It also comes it comes with a toiletry bag and a separate large laundry bag. This is a nice departure from the bland without being too loud and garish.
Gravis Jetway Carry On Luggage
Globe-Trotter charged innovative designer Ross Lovegrove with the responsibility to create a truly iconic case that would encapsulate the fundamental values of Globe-Trotter’s one hundred and ten years of experience making luggage while maintaining an aesthetic that would stand the test of time and become a collectable modern classic. Lovegrove began working on the project in 2006, and over the next two years, his investigation lead to the development of an exclusive Carbon Fibre and Kevlar ‘weave’ that is incredibly lightweight and highly durable.
Onehundred&ten Air Cabin Case is available exclusively through Moss.