Away appeared out of America in 2016, offering the first stylish solution to affordable luggage. Prices start from £225, they have a slick, dark finish, four wheels so they’re easy to push, and they’ll even charge your phone. Consider this the smart way to get the Rimowa look for less.
Briggs & Riley
There’s no excuse for mismatched luggage with Briggs & Riley on the scene – the Brit brand’s selection of suitcases, rucksacks, travel bags and briefcases give you a 360° approach to smart travel. This one’s particularly good for mini wheelies for short haul flights too.
A trendy US export, this Cali label makes luggage fun – that means marble effects, metallic options and pink colour-pop styles. Thanks to a new spot on NET-A-PORTER and a collaboration with Kardashian hairdresser Jen Atkin, it’s the coolest name to know in travel, plus it has 360 wheels, making it a fuss-free necessity.
Another affordable hero, Delsey’s functional styles start from under £100, making it the most affordable of the bunch. A variety of sizes means you can get exactly what you need, from EasyJet-compliant small pieces to oversized long haul options, safe in the knowledge they all have easy-to-manoeuvre wheels, anti-theft zips and 10-year guarantees.
Arguably the chicest in our selection, Globe-Trotter is evocative of the glamorous days of travel – all white gloves and Pan Am hats. With their butter-soft leather finish and handcrafted details, they’re not exactly the pieces you want bashed up in the hold, so we suggest investing for smart UK breaks and hand-luggage only trips.
Consider this the more affordable version of Globe-Trotter: Steamline’s vintage-inspired luggage has a similar aesthetic, but at a more reasonable price point. This is another brand that has fun with styles – just look to bright colours and a recent collab with Alice + Olivia for proof – but there’s still a great selection of smart, practical pieces, with hanging travel kits inside to keep your clothes fresh.
Tumi is the brand that if you know, you know. It’s not ostentatious or grand, but their functional black bags are an essential for discerning travellers everywhere, thanks to practical additions (a multitude of pockets, clever expandable zip compartments) and their grown-up appearance. We rate their tall long-haul luggage, but they also do handy backpacks and travel accessories worth checking out.
If the suitcase world had a food chain, Rimowa would sit at the top. It may not be new (the brand has been around for 120 years) but thanks to some fashionable fans (Roger Federer and Adwoa Aboah have fronted recent campaigns) it’s seen a real resurgence in the last few years. Each piece is impossibly light and easy to push, and are the world’s first ever polycarbonate suitcases, making them more durable than any other.