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What To Pack: Editor's Pick

Meet the Luggage with Pulling Power

A suitcase is more than just a vessel for your vacation clothes. It should ‘spark joy’ (thanks, Marie Kondo) every time you pull it out of storage to pack. That’s not only down to the holiday memories attached to it, but the best luggage features stuff like clever compartments, high-tech details and embossed initials that all add to the packing appeal.

While some of us want futuristic, aerodynamic cases featuring Ferrari-like wheels to glide on airport floors, others crave the nostalgia of traditional trunks and satisfying clunky padlocks. Wherever you stand on aesthetic, when buying your best luggage, look for a limited edition or unique case that means you’ll have an easy spot on the luggage belt at arrivals.

Meet the seven suitcases that are hot property right now…


FOR THE BEACH ADDICT

Globe-Trotter Riviera Collection, from £810 for 13” Vanity Case

Combining deckchair stripes and gelato pastels, this Riviera collection has high summer written all over it. Inspirations include the glamour of the Côte d’Azur and postcard goals Portofino – and it shows. From the oh-so-pretty vanity cases to statement, stripy trolley cases, this is made-for-Instagram luggage that’s almost to good to check in.

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FOR THE TRAVEL MAGPIE

Away Alchemy Aluminium Edition, from £425 for The Carry-On

Klaxon alert: Away limited editions don’t hang around for long – and its shiniest new Alchemy drop is no exception. You’ll find the suitcase series in warm Rose Gold or ice-cool Steel for maximum light-catching potential. Way chicer (and shinier) than a neutral, these are metallics that will make your travel uniform. Plus, in anodized aluminium, they’ll last a lifetime.

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FOR THE STICKER JUNKIE

TUMI 19 Degree Aluminium in Gecko, from £855 for International Carry-On

Whether you’re an advocate for the uber-bare suitcase or not, TUMI gives you the option. This sleek aluminium carry-on comes with the chicest set of vintage-inspired destination stickers to customise your case (not to mention free personalisation). 19 Degree Aluminium comes in five colourways, but we’re all about Gecko for utilitarian travel at its finest.

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Made to be spotted at the fashion capital airport runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris

FOR THE CATWALK QUEEN

Gucci x Globe-Trotter Floral Print Suitcase, £2,230

If Gucci designed suitcases… Oh, they do. Made to be spotted at the fashion capital airport runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris, this dream collab with Globe-Trotter is like a designer dress on a case. The painterly blooms and Gucci’s signature red and green stripes make this a suitcase that’s worthy of its own street style photographer on the luggage belt.

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FOR THE POSSESSIVE TYPE

Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Walton, £950

Continuing the bespoke theme, there’s less chance of finding yourself in the lost luggage department with Anya Hindmarch’s Walton holdall. Available in three cool colourways, this canvas weekend bag has your personalised initials stitched boldly over the front. We officially have F.O.M.O.

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A suitcase is more than a vessel for your vacation clothes. It should ‘spark joy’ every time you pull it out of storage to pack.

FOR THE MEGA MINIMALIST

Troubadour Women’s Collection, from $325

Your boyfriend/husband can breathe a sigh of relief if you’re having custody battles over his Troubadour. The brand has launched its first ever women’s collection featuring clean lines, discreet pockets and oh-so comfy handles. We’re all for the minimalist white (if we can keep it clean).

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FOR THE ACCIDENT PRONE

Crash Baggage Stripe 55cm Cabin Suitcase, £230

How to prevent tears at the luggage belt if it looks like your suitcase has been in a boxing match? Get already-done dents via Crash Baggage. Their playful take on suitcases make them like the pre-ripped jeans of the luggage world. They come in plain finishes too, but we love the chic white stripe to show off those purposeful dents to the max.

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