Do you have a hard time comprehending the phrase "travel in style" because you're still trudging through airports with a duffel bag circa your college years? Has one (or more) of the zippers, wheels, or handles on your current suitcase become so busted that the entire thing is rendered basically useless? If you answer yes to either of those questions, or you're simply looking to up your airport fashion cred, you need to upgrade to a fresh suitcase from the following chic luggage brands that count style among their top priorities.
There are components of traveling that are amazing and exciting (like exploring new destinations), and there are others that, well, aren't. The latter definitely applies to schlepping your stuff through chaotic airports, especially if your luggage is sub-par. If that's an experience you unfortunately relate to, it's likely you're in need of some new luggage that uses the latest in tech to make traveling a breeze. And here's a bit of really good news: practical and pretty are definitely not mutually exclusive when it comes to the latest slew of suitcases.
Need some proof? Consider Los Angeles-based CALPAK's new collaboration with hair goddess Jen Atkin. Since she travels the world to work with her celebrity clients, she knows a thing or two about how to get all the goods she needs to her final destination — and naturally, she does it in style. Thanks to her CALPAK collection, you can too. Grab this large suitcase in glossy cherry red, $385, so your luggage stands out at baggage claim; it'll never get lost in a sea of black suitcases, and you'll make a bold fashion statement as you stroll through the terminal.
If you're looking for something understated and elegant, opt for Globe Trotter's leather and fiberboard carry on trolley, $1,610 at Net-a-Porter. It's got the old-world appearance of a trunk, with all the new tech of smooth-gliding wheels and flexible straps to keep your belongings secure. BRIC'S Bellagio trunk, usually $725 but currently on sale for $580, has a similar vintage-inspired design, but updated with more streamlined, modern lines.
And if you're a jet-setter looking for the absolute pinnacle of luxe luggage, look no further than Valextra's Costa Suitcase. The spendy suitcase rings in at $7,950 for the small size, but make no mistake — this is a luxury item that's worth it. The super sleek, 100 percent leather Italian-made luggage counts Jackie Kennedy amongst its past carriers, so consider these pieces about as stylish as it gets.
Whether you've got an upcoming winter escape to a warm weather destination, or your trusty old suitcase is on its final leg after holiday travels, there are plenty stylish picks ready to be packed to the brim with all your chic travel outfits. Ahead, seven of the most stylish luggage brands to shop now.