Travelling lightly should never be taken lightly, and with international travel companies becoming more and more anal about what we can and can’t take with us into cabins and carriages – having a handy choice of suitcases for every type of trip is more essential than ever.
You’re probably thinking that a suitcase is a suitcase, and if it gets your items from A to B with little fuss then all good. But in fact, owning and using a quality, well made and constructed suitcase is about so much more than holding a few clothes. It’s about security for the things inside it, durability, travelling with as little stress as possible and what type of image of yourself you want to portray.
Today there are a number of materials used in the manufacturing process of suitcases, from aluminium and polycarbonates to leathers and synthetics. And suitcases are used for any type of travel, whether you’re going away for a romantic weekend in the country or a train trip across Europe, so having a solid, reliable design that looks great, keeps everything inside in order, and won’t buckle under the pressure mid-trip, is bloody imperative.
But lets cut to the chase and get our teeth into the best suitcases around at the moment. We’ve had a good old think about this selection, and made sure there is a little something for everyone, so check it out and get yourself clued up on some seriously stylish suitcases.
Luggage Brands FAQ
Three things – size, weight and fabric. Buy a luggage that can hold your belongings but still fall within airline weight limits, is sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear of travelling and made from durable, yet stylist fabric. Traditional luggage comes in two models – hardside and softside. Hardside luggae are usually crafted from durable polypropylene and polycarbonate materials, while softside bags can be made out of leather, PVC, microfiber, nylon or polyester. It depends on your preference. Two-wheelers are generally easier to maneuver on uneven surfaces, but the style forces you to drag them behind. Four-wheelers can rotate 360 degrees and provide improved mobility, but their wheels tend to be smaller and more prone to damage.
What to look for when buying luggage?
What is the difference between a hardside luggage and a softside luggage?
Should I choose a two-wheel or a four-wheel luggage?
Three things – size, weight and fabric. Buy a luggage that can hold your belongings but still fall within airline weight limits, is sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear of travelling and made from durable, yet stylist fabric.
Traditional luggage comes in two models – hardside and softside. Hardside luggae are usually crafted from durable polypropylene and polycarbonate materials, while softside bags can be made out of leather, PVC, microfiber, nylon or polyester.
It depends on your preference. Two-wheelers are generally easier to maneuver on uneven surfaces, but the style forces you to drag them behind. Four-wheelers can rotate 360 degrees and provide improved mobility, but their wheels tend to be smaller and more prone to damage.
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Their creations a very simply named, such as this H6 check-in luggage case. It’s made from aerospace-grade, German polycarbonate and has enough room inside to cover you for a good two-week trip. It features a TSA approved lock, along with a built-in compression pad and laundry bag - and also excellent value within its price range.
Their Classic Check-In L is for those who like to travel with a big wardrobe. Its large rectangular shape means that there is plenty of practical storage space for your travel items, all protected by a hard aluminium case. It has a telescopic handle, along with two further leather handles on the side and top. There are also four multidirectional wheels that easily take the weight out of those moments travelling to and from terminals.
One of their most popular creations is The Medium, which has just received an aluminium shell upgrade. It features 360° spinner wheels, an interior compression system and dual TSA approved combination locks. The Medium can hold up to 64.6 litres and weighs just 6kg.
This MY4810 carry on is extremely solid and compact, ideal for business trips and short weekend breaks. The exterior has been designed using light, yet rigid polycarbonate that also acts as a barrier against the weather when negotiating city streets. Add to that a key and number lock for total security, four multidirectional wheels and a telescopic handle and we start to understand why it’s such a sought after accessory.
The Globetrotter, one of their most popular models, come in a whole range of colours, but it is its polycarbonate shell and aircraft-grade aluminium telescopic handle that offer true value. It also features a TSA approved lock, washable interior linings and water-repellant zips, making sure the contents of your bag stay well protected.
It's virtually indestructible thanks to its use of 100 per cent Makrolon polycarbonate, and employs clever design by way of a compression panel, that can have its level of compression varied, based on however much you have in your bag. An expansion zip gifts you an extra 12-litres of space should you need, and Hinomoto wheels will let you glide through the terminal with barely a whisper.
FPM Milano x Nick Wooster
This Green Spinner is a collaborative effort alongside American fashion consultant Nick Wooster, famed for his with alongside Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Thom Browne. Its has an army green Aluminium exterior that looks solid enough for any occasion, with a more luxurious looking leopard print interior. Super stylish and super functional, there isn’t many who wouldn’t want to be seen pulling this around.
The proof is in this classic Bellagio Spinner Trunk suitcase for those who require more than just hand luggage with a boring silhouette. It has a fully polycarbonate exterior that is made to look older in appearance by classy leather trims. It also features Hinomoto wheels, which are the best luggage wheels money can buy that sit exclusively under the world’s best suitcases.
This Army Green Stripe design looks like it has lost an argument with a monster truck, but there is something strangely cool about it all the same. An added bonus is that it will probably look even better over time and yet remain fully functional long after.
Hook & Albert
It is a mix between an over the shoulder bag and a modern carry on, helping you easily store a mix of dress and casual for those short business trips. It has a volume of 45L that is enhanced by a durable compression system.
The exterior case is made from high-end Makrolon polycarbonate to protect everything on the inside from the perils of the outside. It also features zippered dividers to help compress your clothing and arrange things easier. It holds up to 61 litres and comes in at an incredibly light weight - just 5.1kg.
This Short Trip Packing Case has an aluminium shell and retractable top and side handles. It holds up to 55 litres of essential travel clobber and even has a hanging bracket built into the interior.
They specialise in wonderfully designed luggage that is both practical and eye-catching, such as this Deluxe 26” Leather Trimmed Suitcase. It is handmade in the brand’s Herefordshire workshop, with a telescopic handle and fibreboard corners reinforced with high-grade leather. The Deluxe is also one of those suitcases that you have for life that can be passed down through generations, such is its timeless silhouette and outstanding production.
The Pursuit case features a patent-pending concave edging design to provide the ultimate in strength and stability, while ball-bearing wheels promise to glide your case through the airport terminal with ease.
Their Carry On is unique in that it is made from a mixture of polycarbonate and aluminium, making for a highly durable construction. The interior features compression straps, two zippered pockets and a solid telescopic handle. This is a very well made carry on for short trips and breaks - and for the price - it’s a steal!