1. Profession Vagabond sports bag
If you’re happy enough to ignore the invention of the wheel for your carry-on, London-based brand Métier crafts cross-body weekenders and lightweight duffle bags with understated luxury and a commitment to sustainability. The Vagabond Duffle comes in seven exterior forms (including suede, leather and military twill), but all share a clever range of interior and exterior zip pockets and holders for pens, laptops and everything in between.
Since £2,250 (trade.com)
2. Rimowa Original Twist Cabin
Since the 1950s, the Rimowa suitcase has featured parallel grooves inspired by early aviation designs. The aluminum-hulled Original Cabin model has more rounded corners than the Classic Cabin. If you’re willing to spend an extra £180 to pick up this German design Next-level jet set icon and statement, the Original Cabin Twist replaces plastic handles with leather, with those details and other trim in black, red or brown.
Since £1,020 (rimowa.com)
3. Carry-on baggage
The company only launched in 2015, but Away quickly gained a social media-fueled following for its understatedly styled suitcases. The choice of colors is wide, although some are in limited editions. Packing features include an “interior compression system” and a laundry bag in which to sequester dirty clothes, but more relevant for compulsive Instagrammers is the USB charger under the handle, which is easily ejected when airport regulations push it. required.
Since £245 (awaytravel.com)
4. Bric’s X-Collection Cart
Milan-based travel bag specialist Bric’s celebrates its platinum anniversary this year. There are modern echoes of the evolution of fashion over seven decades in its various Trolley carry-ons, including the classic Bellagio collection in cream and beige leather, and the almost op-art lines of the Ulisse range. For a softer case with front pockets, the new X-Collection carry-on luggage is made from recycled nylon and the “camouflage” color option is more flowery than army surplus.
Since £185 (brics.it)
5. Steamline Editor
Whether or not you think the romantic age of travel predates the days of checking airline carry-on bag sizes to the last inch, SteamLine luggage circles the circle with suitcases that borrow from the look of vintage steamer trunks, but can be rolled up rather than requiring a porter. . They open to reveal chic patterned liners (palm leaves, cheetahs), and in the Editor collection, the hard shell is softened with a linen cover.
Since £455 (steamlineluggage.com)
Bellroy Compact Classic Backpack
6. Bellroy Classic Compact Backpack
Standard carry-on bags tend to fit the 55cm maximum imposed by most airlines, but if you’re looking to avoid extra charges on some budget carriers, you’ll probably have to forget the wheels and opt for one. slim backpack. The most compact from Australian brand Bellroy measures 40cm and its 16-litre capacity includes an internal iPad-sized sleeve and a soft-lined sunglasses pocket on top.
Since £109 (bellroy.com)
7. American Tourister Soundbox Spinner
With dozens of models of wheeled carry-on luggage, American Tourister’s range ranges from business-like bags to Disney and Marvel crossovers, with Minnie and Mickey Mouse or Captain America bursting out of the frame. At the bold midpoint is this hard shell, with its radiant sound wave design. The 55cm size comes in nine colors including a fiercely sunny yellow, and most are stretchy.
Since £145 (americantourister.co.uk)