No-one ever died from being too organised. In fact, when an item has its place, a home, its own space, the longevity of its life is extended. And this is particularly important when it comes to big-ticket items, or items we use most days, like work suits.
Which is why we’re raising the issue of garment bags. The streamline, zip-py suit pocket might have a place hanging from your closet rail, but what about when you hit the road? It’s time to invest in one that protects your super wool 100, and looks equally as dapper hanging from your manicured mit as you board the plane on business.
From the high-flyer to the bicycle commuter, here are 10 garment bags that are perfect for work, business travel or simply a weekend jaunt. Bon voyage.
Garment Bag FAQ
The best garment bags should be made from quality materials, thick enough so it does not crease and bend. The handle must be sturdy and comfortable, while the zipper allows for easy packing. Garment bags come in a variety of styles. You can choose from bi-folds or tri-folds. There are also roll-ups and single sleeves. You can make each style work depending on your needs. A regular garment bag can fit up to three suits, with space left for other accessories. The designated pockets can protect your shoes, belts and other clothing items.
How to choose a good garment bag?
What are the different types of garment bag?
How many suits can I fit in a garment bag?
The best garment bags should be made from quality materials, thick enough so it does not crease and bend. The handle must be sturdy and comfortable, while the zipper allows for easy packing.
Garment bags come in a variety of styles. You can choose from bi-folds or tri-folds. There are also roll-ups and single sleeves. You can make each style work depending on your needs.
A regular garment bag can fit up to three suits, with space left for other accessories. The designated pockets can protect your shoes, belts and other clothing items.
The Alpha 3 is our pick of the bunch, owing to the fact it can hold a surprising amount of stuff. Tumi says it’s good to carry one suit, but we’ve been able to fit two into our own – that’s right, the Alpha 3 is properly DMARGE-approved – and the integrated hanging hook proves to be invaluable, saving you the hassle of remembering your own. The Ballistic Nylon material keeps it, and everything inside, well-protected, while the black colour with grey accents exudes business class style.
The 40-inch Suit Length garment bag features the very same WallyLock clamp system, so you can travel easy, knowing your suits aren’t going to become a crumpled mess at the bottom. The additional pockets can be used to store shoes and any other accessories you may have and integrated handles allow you to easily attach it luggage trolleys.
The Werks Traveler 5.0 could be seen as the Swiss Army of the garment bag world. It’s incredibly lightweight, allowing you to pass through the terminal with ease and its ballistic nylon construction will not only prevent the bag itself from suffering damage, but your suits and accessories inside as well. Speaking of which, clothes can be held in place thanks to an internal compression strap, while two pockets will happily gobble up any other items you need to take with you.
Samsonite’s garment bag range isn’t huge, but it offers everything you could need. The ExB 2.0 Ultra Valet promises to keep your suits, shoes and clothes in pristine condition from destination A to B. Its Ballistic Poly/Nylon build protects your stuff like Fort Knox, while a multitude of interior pockets provides you with ample room to store all kinds of accessories. Its carry-on size also means you never have to let it out of your sight.
The Metropolitan 2 Garment Sleeve provides just that. It will happily accept any hangar style – no discrimination here – while a padded shoulder strap means you can carry your suits, shoes and accessories in comfort. Interior pockets are on hand to keep things organised, and a splash of internal colour can be seen when the bag is folded, gifting it its own unique identity.
The Leather Garment Weekender Bag is as premium as they come and is essentially two bags in one. You’re able to arrange it so it looks like any other duffel bag, or it can be collapsed down to a more garment bag-like form. Whichever ‘mode’ you choose, the Garment Weekender will store your clothes – including two 46-inch suits – without the worry of them becoming wrinkled. Internal shoe pockets keep your dirty feet away from said suits, and external pockets will accept any remaining loose items.
Not to mention the Nightflight Garment Bag, of course. Pure and simple is the name of the game here, with a large internal pocket complete with open top for hangers, an external pocket for small accessories and an easy-to-use popper closure, all held in place via two leather straps. To help locate your Nightflight among the others at the cloakroom of The Ritz, you can opt to have your initials embossed on the included tag.