he Cotswolds or Costa Rica? Bath or Barbados? Chances are this year’s summer holiday doesn’t look quite like you’d hoped for, but if there’s anything the travel woes of the past year have taught us, it’s that any holiday can be brilliant as long as you’re doing it in style.
So, with your Cornwall hotel or Lake District country house booked, it’s time to turn your attention to your luggage. True, you might not be travelling far, but surely the UK’s five-star hotels deserve more than the dusty, beaten bag that’s been languishing in your loft? From limited-edition collaborations to timeless cases you’ll be carrying for years, here are the best luxury suitcases to invest in now.
Clearly sensing which way the travel winds would be blowing this year, Mayfair-based luxury luggage brand Globe-Trotter looked, not to far-flung escapes, but to the most beautiful destinations of our green and pleasant land for its SS21 Albion collection. Available in two colourways, a stone hue inspired by the cottages of the Cotswolds and a light cream taken from the chalk cliffs of Dorset, this nautically-striped check-in case ticks our boxes.
Rimowa x Chaos
German luggage brand Rimowa has teamed up with uber-cool London label Chaos to create a limited-edition luggage collection that melds the expert engineering of the former with the penchant for colour and graphic design expertise of the latter. Featuring all the practical touches you’d expect from Rimowa – TSA-approved locks, a multi-wheel system and telescopic handle – this saffron-yellow pain drip cabin case is ideal for sunny climes.
If a year stuck inside has left you hankering after the glamour of the Golden Age of travel, there are few better brands to turn to for your luggage than Tanner Krolle. Founded in London in 1856, the brand has made cases for everyone from Cary Grant and Princess Diana to the British Army, and is now helmed by fashion designer Tabitha Simmons. This oxblood trunk case may not come with the mod-cons of some of the others on this list but, when it looks this good, does it really matter?
Rendered in a chic navy exclusive to MrPorter, this aluminium case by FPM Milano is all about blending Italian sophistication with modern design touches. Utilising the brand’s eight decades of accessories expertise, its sturdy, studded outer shell is finished with Japanese-engineered wheels and an interior complete with handy straps and pockets to make packing a breeze.
Despite being a proud Made-in-Italy brand since 1952, Bric’s suitcases really shot to fame when they were chosen by George and Amal Clooney for their much-photographed wedding in Venice. Make like the stellar couple and invest in the brand’s classic Bellagio 2 design. Available in black and cream, and finished with tan leather accents, its polycarbonate shell is a brilliant modern take on heritage luggage.
Of course, no luggage edit would be complete without a smart case and Berlin-based brand Horizn Studio makes some of the best. Equipped with USB charging ports, as well as an Italian leather front pocket designed specifically for holding a 15-inch laptop, this is the perfect case whether you’re travelling for work or play.
Discord Yohji Yamamoto
Understated luxury more your thing? This classically-styled leather trolley case from Yohji Yamamoto’s dedicated accessories line, Discord, features a minimalist hard outer shell that is both practical and elegant. Open it up, however, and you’ll discover an interior emblazoned with the Japanese designer’s signature emblems and sketches.