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March 1, 2023updated Jul 11, 2023

The Best Designer Luggage Lines

The array of luxury luggage brands today all offer function as well as chic design.

By Elite Traveler

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Whether for a skiing vacation with the family or a business trip across the world, deciding upon the right designer luggage is often as difficult as assembling what to pack within it. Luggage requires function over fashion, sure; but in our modern times, why compromise?

Multiple brands offer state-of-the-art suitcases that complement a range of styles and desires. Featuring space-grade aluminum and other innovative lightweight materials, today’s designer luggage lines are all too equipped to give you the best of both worlds.

From Montblanc to Rimowa, we take you through the best designer luggage lines to consider for your next big adventure.

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Sterling Pacific Check-In Travel Case

Sterling Pacific
A suitcase as stable as the airplane itself / ©Sterling Pacific

These fully aluminum suitcases are made using the same alloys found in aerospace engineering, for a piece of designer luggage that truly is as stable as the airplane itself. What’s more, these Sterling Pacific cases are fabulously stylish too, boasting handles crafted out of full-grain Italian leather, and an interior covered with a luscious brown twill weave lining that includes interjecting buckle straps and a mesh pocket for amenities.

McLaren x Tumi 60th Anniversary Collection

Orange luggage
The McLaren x Tumi 60th Anniversary Luggage Collection / ©Tumi

Tumi is one of the top luggage brands in the world, known for constructing almost-indestructible pieces that last the test of time. It’s a fitting partner for supercar manufacturer McLaren, which teams up to mark its 60th anniversary.

The 60th Anniversary Collection includes a number of pieces, but the best is the Aero International Expandable 4-Wheel Carry-On. It comes with several nods to McLaren, from the papaya-colored front panel to the compression strap inspired by the carmaker’s six-point harness. Its aero-inspired lines and exposed carbon fiber details give it the look and feel of a supercar, and match the livery of this year’s Formula 1 car.

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Multiple access points make it easy to add and remove laptops and tablets at the airport and a built-in locking system at the top means you can keep your possessions secure. An inbuilt wire leads to a dedicated battery pouch so you can keep charged on the move. The backpack slots onto the carry-on’s telescopic handle.

If you’re looking for something more discreet, the three-piece collection is also available in black.

Peugeot Voyages Hard Luggage

The iconic car brand has branched into the world of accessories / ©Peugeot

Peugeot has just entered the luggage industry, and to no surprise, the collection is just as elegantly fashionable as the car brand bearing the same name. Featuring exclusive and innovative features such as the inclusion of subtle devices to protect electronic data, the interiors are also made entirely of recycled materials, for a sustainable wheel-in (if you pardon the pun) into the new age of sustainability.

Various details from the cars have also been integrated into the luggage. Look out for interior nylon web straps that are reminiscent of the car seat belt, and a TSA lock that sounds delightfully akin to that of a luxury car opening.

Montblanc #MY4810 Cabin Trolley

Be it a fine timepiece, a luxury writing instrument or a hand-crafted leather good, Swiss brand, Montblanc is a timeless brand for the classic and modern man. And the company’s luggage collection is no exception to its superb quality. Part of the new #MY4810 Silver Trolley Collection, this cabin trolley is a compact four-wheel carry-on that delivers an ultra-sleek look in a lightweight, smart design. It has a leather trim emblazoned with Montblanc’s name and logo and has separate compartments inside for your belongings.

Mark Cross Grace Trunk

Mark Cross Grace Trunk
The brand’s signature Grace Trunk is one of the company’s signature pieces / ©Mark Cross

From passport cases to trunks to overnight bags, Mark Cross it a heritage brand founded in 1945 in Boston. It’s known as one of America’s first leather good brand and was named after Henry Cross’ only son, Mark. The brand’s signature Grace Trunk is one of the company’s signature pieces, named after Grace Kelly for her role in the movie Rear Window. It was created specifically for the actress by Gerald Murphy and has become a hallmark of the Mark Cross brand. It’s reminiscent of elegant travel, but spacious enough for the contemporary needs of today’s traveler.

Ghurka Trolley No 440 Rolling Suitcase

Ghurka No 440 Rolling Suitcase
This trolley-wheeled carry-on bag has multiple zip pockets / ©Ghurka

In the early 1970s, founder Marley Hodgson was inspired by a collection of century-old camping gear from a British commander. Ghurka has since become known for its handmade leather goods, including durable luxury luggage. This trolley-wheeled carry-on bag has multiple zip pockets, a telescoping handle and is made of a trill interior with custom brass hardware.

Smythson Greenwich Cabin Trolley

Smythson Greenwich Cabin Trolley
The Greenwich Cabin Trolley has 360-degree rotating wheels / ©Smythson

Established on London’s Bond Street in 1887, Smythson’s leather goods are some of the finest in the world. The simplistic yet sleek design of everything from large weekenders to wallets to stationary and books, Smythson’s sophisticated line of products never fails to impress. But if it’s a longer vacation you’re packing for, the Greenwich Cabin Trolley is the one to use. It has 360-degree rotating wheels and is extremely lightweight for easy transportation around the airport. The bag is made in lacquered cotton with a weave pattern and calf leather and is completely water resistant. Plenty of compartments and durable silver hardware make it the perfect travel companion.

Globe-Trotter Centenary 20″ Trolley Case

The spacious interior of Globe-Trotter’s larger cases adds function to the simple yet vintage look of the luxury luggage brand, which has been making suitcases since 1897. Englishman David Nelken founded Globe-Trotter in Germany but moved it to the UK in 1901 and it has remained there ever since. Past owners include the Queen and Winston Churchill.

Tumi Extended Trip Packing Case

Business travel brand Tumi has a wide range of luxury luggage to meet your needs. The Tumi extended trip packing case offers plenty of space in a lightweight, hard-case material. Made from sturdy aluminum, this model features a frame system opening, two combination locks with push button to open, three-stage telescoping handle system with push button, retractable top and side carry handles and four dual-spinning recessed wheels. The extended trip packing case is available in matte black and a stunning silver. You can even personalize it with custom monogramming.

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SteamLine Luggage Industrialist Spinner

SteamLine Industrialist Spinner suitcase
We particularly love the genderless Industrialist Spinner suitcase / ©SteamLine

SteamLine aims to bring back the elegance of Golden Era travel to the modern traveler. Every piece is handcrafted luxury leather rolling suitcases, duffels, hat boxes and cases for both men and women in a variety of colors and styles. We particularly love the genderless Industrialist Spinner suitcase ($925) with its sleek monochrome look and easy-to-maneuver wheels. Of course, if there’s a specific color or design you’re after, collections like the Anthropologist, Architect, Jetsetter or Pioneer might be of fancy.

Rimowa Essential Trunk Plus

Rimowa essential trunk plus
These new colorways are perfect for the vibrant and avid traveler / ©Rimowa

Rimowa is synonymous with luxury travel with its hard-sided suitcases with easy maneuverability and personalization options. While you can always opt for the classic colors of black, silver or red, these new colorways from Rimowa are perfect for the vibrant and avid traveler whose luggage reflects their passion for seeing the world. We love the Rimowa Essential Trunk Plus in Saffron yellow, inspired by Tuscany’s canola-flower fields. All hues in the collection are inspired by a specific destination around the world, including coral inspired by Pink Lake in Western Australia; Slate, reminiscent of gradient grey hues of Indonesian mines; and Sage, reflective of northeast England’s Lake District.

Louis Vuitton Horizon Soft Luggage

In collaboration with Marc Newson, Louis Vuitton released its new Horizon Soft Luggage collection this year. A departure from the brand’s iconic hard-sided luggage, the soft luggage collection is made with a thermo-formed 3D-knit outer shell and double-sided jacquard. It is sturdy and durable for the avid traveler, but presents a sleek and different look compared to other bags on the market. The knit is made with thermo-fusible, elastic threads and made from a single piece of fabric. Not only are the pieces strong and resistant, they are ultra-lightweight. The pieces come in a variety of colors and sizes in both rolling duffle formats and trolleys (pictured above)

Bottega Veneta Trolley in Intrecciato VN

Bottega Veneta Trolley in Intrecciato VN
We love the Deco Rose color, but it’s also available in green-blue hue, called Brighton / ©Bottega Veneta

This hand-crafted intrecciato VN leather trolley carry-on is ideal for the modern traveler. The lightweight suitcase features two compartments: one of the front for easy storage (think: laptops or files) and a spacious interior compartment with a detachable internal pouch. We love the Deco Rose color, but it’s also available in green-blue hue, called Brighton. With four 360-degree-rotating wheels and a retractable handle, the Bottega Veneta Trolley is a perfect addition to your travel needs.

Paravel Sustainable Luggage Set Grand

Paravel Sustainable Grand Luggage Set
The chic carbon-neutral Grand Luggage set features a durable recycled polycarbonate shell / ©Paravel

Constantly striving to limit its environmental impact, sustainable travel brand Paravel focuses on reducing and offsetting carbon emissions, incorporating upcycled materials throughout its products and planting trees in depleted ecosystems.

Available in four colors, the chic carbon neutral Grand Luggage set features a durable recycled polycarbonate shell, recycled aluminum handle, vegan leather details and recycled zippers. Inside is a handy packing cube made from 13 post-consumer plastic water bottles to keep clothing organized and crease-free.

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