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The Entrepreneur Collection from Steamline is made of vegan leather.

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The Entrepreneur Collection from Steamline is made of vegan leather.

A good suitcase is a travel essential, but whether you’re headed for a two-day business trip or two weeks in Europe, strutting through the airport with a bag that reflects your personal style makes the journey all the more enjoyable.

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It can be a challenge to find luggage that is both enjoyable to use and enjoyable to look at. We get it—things like pockets, locks, zippers, spinner wheels, charging ports, and weight are all important aspects to consider when selecting a new inanimate travel companion. But hey, so is how it will look in that arrival Instagram.

The trick is finding the right piece of luggage for you when there are so many options. Do you want a wheeled carry-on suitcase? A weekender? A travel backpack? And what size, shape, and color? Although they may be slightly more difficult to find, Holy Grail luggage brands—those that balance high quality, durability, and design—do exist. You just need to know where to find them. To help you choose your next suitcase, whether it’s a duffel bag or a spinner, we’ve rounded up our favorite 12 brands, each of which is as easy on the eyes as it is on the airport floor.

The Rimowa Original Cabin in silver

Rimowa

 

With the motto “handmade meets high tech” leading the way, Rimowa has effectively helped to revolutionize the way high-quality luggage is designed. Products come in aluminum or polycarbonate hard shells; aluminum lines are reminiscent of futuristic flights, while the polycarbonate models have an additional flair of color and style. Many pieces are also equipped with TSA-approved locks and Rimowa’s Electronic Tag, a technological component that allows passengers to check in their bag from their smartphone and drop it off at the airport in seconds.

Buy now: Rimowa Original Cabin, $1,150, bloomingdales.com

The Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle in navy

Herschel Supply Co.

In a lot of ways, we can thank Herschel Supply Co. for making functional bags cool again. With its hip designs and various patterns, the company has become a favorite with millennials—and has proved that backpacks aren’t only for students and fanny packs aren’t just for tourists, among other things. But Herschel’s luggage products are undeniably among its best. For experiential travelers who are constantly on the go, these travel bags are made of durable materials and finished with leather detailing.

Buy now: The Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle, $85, bloomingdales.com

The Bigger Carry-On from Away in blush

Away

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Away is the picture of simplicity in design-minded luggage. Each bag features a hard polycarbonate shell, four spinner wheels, a removable laundry bag, TSA-approved locks, and a patent-pending compression system on the interior, while certain models also offer a battery pack and USB charger which are removable, in compliance with recent TSA requirements. The brand has also recently expanded its offerings to include weekenders, soft-sided luggage, and backpacks. Affordable yet incredibly functional and well-made, Away’s products are ideal for the jet-setter who wants it all: the right price, the right features, and the right look. 

Buy now: The Bigger Carry-On, $245, awaytravel.com

The Go-Bag Small from Baboon in Yellow + Limelight Yellow

Baboon

Any trip that involves one of Baboon’s vibrant bags is sure to be a fun one. The company’s flagship travel bag, a duffel built for adventures, comes in two sizes and features with plenty of pockets, adjustable straps that can turn the bag into a backpack, and a waterproof shell. Baboon also offers smaller day bags (fanny packs and backpacks), all in their bright, bold colors and funky pop-art prints. 

Buy now: Go-Bag Small, $149, baboonthemoon.com

The Astyll 3-Piece Luggage Set in milk marble from Calpak

Calpak

Calpak accurately brands itself as a line of modern luggage ideal for the savvy 21st-century traveler and suited for weight restrictions and notorious TSA wear and tear. The brand’s signature products are its lines of hardside spinner sets, many in fun colors and patterns (how gorgeous is this marble design?!). And each suitcase is remarkably lightweight yet impressively tough—the perfect combination for those who travel frequently.

Buy now: Calpak Astyll 3-Piece Luggage Set, $425, calpaktravel.com

The Tumi Alpha 3 Compact 4 Wheeled Duffel in black

Tumi

The words “reliable,” “universal,” and “beloved” sum up Tumi, a company that offers a wide range of luggage, backpacks, and bags in a variety of designs and materials. While it is always releasing new colors, patterns, and materials, Tumi really sets itself apart with the classics—the soft duffel, garment bag, and wheeled carry-on. Ideal for business travelers, Tumi bags are made with both convenience and longevity in mind.

Buy now: Alpha 3 Compact 4 Wheeled, $750, tumi.com

The Diplomat Cream Stowaway from Steamline

Steamline

Reminiscent of vintage trunks, Steamline Luggage products make us want to toss on a fancy hat and jump on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The brand offers 25 different sets, ranging from two pieces to eight pieces each, available together or individually. Products include hat boxes, stowaways, carry-ons, vanity cases, and spinners in a variety of styles and classic colors. Steamline also recently added a line for kids.

Buy now: The Diplomat Cream Stowaway, $895, steamlineluggage.com

The Fjallraven Duffel No. 6 in dark olive

Fjallraven

Swedish company Fjallraven embodies the spirit that makes the Scandinavian country one of the happiest on Earth. Seriously, look at these products with their cute little fox logo and try not to smile. But the brand’s merit doesn’t end with its whimsical colors and lightweight material—each bag is also designed for outdoor and active use, with strong fabric, hefty straps and carry handles, and a variety of clever pockets. The full line of bags is easily shoppable via the U.S. website but can also be found in select stores.

Buy now: Fjallraven Duffel No. 6, $225, backcountry.com

The Jaunt, from Roam, with a lotus red shell and coconut cream accent

Roam

The world’s first fully customizable premium luggage brand, Roam makes bags for those of us who can’t ever seem to find a suitcase that, well, suits our style. The company currently offers four sizes of polycarbonate-shell bags—all of which have fully integrated TSA-approved locks—and travelers can browse suggested color combinations or design their own. If you really go all out with the customization, your bag could have different colors for the front shell, back shell, zipper, binding, stitching, wheels—even the handle! 

Buy now: The Jaunt, $450, roamluggage.com

The Cabin-sized slim spinner from Piquadro in night blue

Piquadro

You know what they say: If you’re going to buy leather, make it Italian leather. OK, we’re not sure if “they” say that, but it’s true—the buttery leathers from the boot are excellent. Piquadro puts these high-quality materials into its various travel items, including rolling backpacks, trolleys, and duffels, each especially designed for functionality and perfect for the stylish business traveler. The company is aware of our technological needs (thank goodness) and offers a variety of bags with specialized computer or tablet compartments.

Buy now: Cabin-sized slim spinner, $745, piquadro.com

Delsey Paris Chatelet Hard + Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels in champagne white

Delsey

French luggage and travel accessory brand Delsey truly does it all—carry-ons, garment bags, sets, duffel bags, and much, much more. It offers a number of separate collections categorized by style and material, ranging from hard titanium to expandable cloth, and from subdued neutrals to shiny pinks and blues. Products are sold in retail stores as well as directly online with free standard shipping. 

Buy now: Delsey Paris Chatelet Hard + Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels, $230, amazon.com

Travelpro

Travelpro excels in the realm of usability and is clearly designed for travelers, by travelers. It’s no wonder you see these bags rolling along the tarmac at airports around the world. The suitcases feature expandable zippers, removable dividers, and resilient fabric. The brand offers a huge selection of products and product lines and their bags range in weight, wheels, color, and size, so it’s easy to find the perfect bag for your next trip.

Buy now: Travelpro Platinum Elite Luggage, $255, amazon.com

This article originally appeared online in August 29, 2016; it was updated on October 10, 2019, to include current information.

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