Staying fashionable on travels is a fad that’s catching on in the Instagram-frenzied world we live in. While trendy drapes and destinations may seem to cut it, the real niche of stylish travel lies in the subliminal nuances of coming-of-age fashionable luggage. Yes, we're speaking about those cumbersome, wheeled accessories that you’d rather bestow upon a porter if airports had them in plenty. But you’re stuck with them and them to you. So, why just settle for the usual top-of-mind options that merely promote rigidity and good looks?
Louis Vuitton Classic Bisten Titanium suitcases
can toughness be made stylish? Well, if you put Louis Vuitton to task you can be assured that you’re hitting both targets. The brand has revived the Bisten suitcase and fortified it with style and substance. Now available in titanium, the metallic finish is set to get everyone talking. The handle is made of cowhide leather, as are the trims and the name tag. This is something that adds a touch of luxury to the ensemble, other than the famous LV mnemonics. Inside, it’s lined with grey microfibre with straps that hold the contents in place. They are available in three sizes.
Rs 29 lakh onwards
TUMI’s Special 19-Degree Aluminium Banyan Leaf Colorway suitcase
Most distinct from the lot, with a dash of vibrancy, is TUMI’s 19-Degree Aluminum collection. The seasonal colour of the Banyan Leaf sets it truly apart. Complete with a frame case design, snap closures, and die-cast caps in the corner, the suitcase is sturdy and rigid. With none-other-than raptor-tamer, Chris Pratt, sporting the luggage as its launch campaign ambassador, the suitcase looks like it is poised to set a trend to seasonal designing in travel fashion.
It is available as a carry-on suitcase that can be accommodated in the cabin, as well as a large trunk configuration called the trip packing case. TUMI is a brand with nearly five decades of luggage experience. Their wares are sold across 75 countries around the world.
Rs 94,000 onwards
Globe-Trotter and Paul Smith Edition Two
Globe-Trotter comes with a legacy that doesn’t need an introduction. The brand has consistently delivered the finest travel gear through the years and continues to do so, only this time, in collaboration with Sir Paul Smith’s differentiating designs thrown into the mix. Comprising of 20- and 30-inch trolley cases in a classic black vulcanised fireboard, the luggage sets itself apart with multi-coloured corners that celebrate the minimal yet effective touch of Paul Smith. The shades available include navy, taupe, lime yellow, burnt orange, sage, peacock, burgundy and bright red. The rest of the case is reminiscent of classic Globe-Trotter styling with grey linen on the lining and Paul Smith’s hallmark signature line.
Rs 1.57 lakh onwards
Montblanc x Pirelli Cabin luggage
The prim excellence of Montblanc, set in motion by the efficiency of Pirelli, is something we wouldn’t imagine seeing in this lifetime. But thanks to luggage taking on the dual role of being more prestigiously luxe while being solid and reliable, we’re blessed with this association. The limited-edition collection of four-wheel carry-on luggage is made of blue polycarbonate, riding on black leather trim. The wheels show-off the Pirelli markings that make it look like a sports car accessory, more than a travel companion. A great option for cabin luggage, it rides on 360-degree ball-bearing wheels. The handle of the luggage bears the emblem of the rare collaboration while a personalisation tag offers you the choice of picking between black and yellow. What justifies the presence of Pirelli, you may ask? Do try dragging your case over the stone thoroughfares of Italy and you’ll know just why.
Rimowa’s colourful, new Essential collection
With well over a century of experience in the travel accessory business, Rimowa seems to have yet again cracked the code for stylish suitcases. Their colourful range offers options that could set the tone for your Instagram feed with a splash of hues ranging from coral to slate, saffron to sage. Everything from the handles to the main body and even the wheel housing is awash with monochromatic perfection. The range offers specific designs in Cabin, Check-in and Trunk configurations. All suitcases have TSA-approved locks and feature eight wheels that rotate 360 degrees to protect you from awkward baggage encounters.
Rs 47,400 onwards