Travel season is upon us. Whether you're going skiing, sunning or just getting away from it all, we've got the luggage to help you super-style your way across the globe.
Forget Tumi. We have six suitcases and bags between us, and five of them have gone to the shop on Piccadilly for repair. In-line wheels and ballistic material? We're over it. We're going back to the basics - leather and yes, the makers of our first "real" suitcases.
Samsonite Black Label
We know. Our parents had Samsonites too. But this isn't our parents' Samsonite. We like:
Madame B actually stopped a man at the airport. "Your suitcase is gorgeous! Who makes it?" He told her somewhat shyly that it was part of his wedding registry, leading us to understand that it wasn't going to be a bargain. But all pieces are less than £1K - not nearly what we were fearing.
We adore the old school look with new school functionality, which is exactly what you'd expect from a 110 year old British company.
On sale at the Globe-Trotter store in Burlington Arcade.
OK, so this isn't very basic (and one could argue majorly excessive), but Henk doesn't make suitcases, they make 'Travelfriends.' But at €20,000 each, you'd better hope it's a friend. And hope it never ends up in the shop.
So what do you get for €20K? An almost weightless pulled case, inside lockers for valuables, something to sit on (supports up to 100kg), retractable wheels so your boot stays clean, and the knowledge that you could have bought a car.
On sale at Harrod's, natch.
Jasper Conran at Tripp
But let's be real.
Given the outlook for City bonuses this year, a "budget" designer option comes courtesy of our favourite Conran. The Rat Pack Range offers understated style, but Madame A prefers the sparkle of the Black Glitter Opulence range (and the suit cover is on her Christmas list - take note Mr. A!).
On sale at Debenhams.