From carry-ons to carry-alls, kick start holiday season with the perfect travel companion.
The reality of travelling: hauling a 30kg suitcase through departures cursing it wildly as the wheels move in opposite directions to each other, finally arriving at the check-in desk panting and out of breath. Instead of excitement you are now filled with dread at the idea of lugging said case up the Santorini inclines or across a pebbled resort.
The version we all wish for: gliding from chauffeured car to check-in with a suitcase that is so smooth it basically wheels itself, making you look so effortlessly chic that the airline can’t help but upgrade you. You reach the other side (having had a joyful sleep in Business class) and you can lift, manoeuvre and move your case as if it were just an extension of your arm.
It’s true, holiday season is now year round with winter sun seeking becoming just as popular as a classic summer holiday, which means your suitcase needs to be able to manage all kinds of terrain at any time of year. But luggage has become so much more than functionality, it has become an extension of your personal style. A way to set the tone not only for your trip but who you want to be on said trip.
Whether it be the smoothest carry on case, a chic duffel bag, or even an investment piece, these are the best suitcases to get your holiday off to the best and most stylish start possible.
Briggs & Riley
Not only does this Briggs & Riley case come with a life-time guarantee it also comes with an expandable element - providing 22% more packing space which then compresses back to its original size. Genius.
Sympatico 4-Wheel Expandable Domestic Cabin Suitcase, £449, Briggs & Riley at johnlewis.com
It’s hard to beat Rimowa when it comes to stylish travel. Sleek in design and adored by celebrities, you’ll feel holiday ready from first wheel with this cabin case.
Polycarbonate suitcase, £510, Rimowa
Your country weekend needs a country bag, and Barbour comes through full country for the occasion.
Wax holdall, £149, Barbour
Globe-Trotter x Matchesfashion.com
Take one iconic Matchesfashion.com box and one iconic Globe-Trotter suitcase and it’s a match made in luggage heaven. For those on the hunt for a super stylish suitcase, nothing gets better than this.
Centenary 30″ suitcase, £1,920, Globe-Trotter x Matchesfashion.com
The pinnacle of practicality and function, this Eastpak suitcase means serious adventure is on the horizon.
Black denim buckle suitcase, £135, Eastpak
Adidas by Stella McCartney
Whether it’s a long spa break, a staycation at your best friend’s or an extra long gym session, Adidas by Stella McCartney number will see you through any occasion in style.
Studio logo print holdall, £130, Adidas by Stella McCartney
Having garnered a cult following, Away, have changed the luggage game. Offering a lighter than light case, and wheels that making walking through the airport a total breeze, your holiday starts here.
The Bigger Carry-on, £245, Away
Taking on the classic Mulberry colours and design, this leather holdall is a total keeper.
Medium clipper, £695, Mulberry
For this seeker something a little out of the ordinary, Crash Baggage has got you covered.
Striped cabin suitcase, £230, Crash Baggage
Swimsuit, dress, sandals and passport. Your low-key last-minute get away needs equally low-key luggage.
Packable duffel bag, £35, Arket
For the traveller who can’t just fit it all into a cabin bag (we are there with you), this chic black number from American Touritster ticks the box.
Spinner wheel large suitcase, £139.99, American Tourister at johnlewis.com
With similar capacity to a carry-on case, the Away Weekender is prepped and ready to go with easy compartments for shoes, tech and every other travel essential.
The Weekender bag, £245, Away
Canvas in structure and with leather trims, Paravel, have created a super lightweight luggage option that can used as a standalone, but also collapsed in your suitcase as a spare bag for all the holiday shopping. Sold.
Leather trimmed printed canvas suitcase, £395, Paravel
Business meets style via this Horizn Studios suitcase with organised compartments at the front of the case, a concealed detachable charger and crafted from lightweight aerospace-grade polycarbonate.
Model M cabin suitcase, £329, Horizn Studios
If it’s vegan luggage you seek, look no further than Sandqvist’s sleek holdall with removal crossbody bag. Two for one.
Vegan weekend bag, £239, Sandqvist
Made from super durable aluminium, Tumi’s short trip case is built to last whatever adventure you lead it on.
Short trip case, £855, Tumi
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