50 best suitcases (26-50)

 

26 Globe-Trotter Orient suitcases

Another eyecatching design from Globe-Trotter is this rich brown lacquered line called Orient. The high gloss finish is achieved by applying a special "Urushi" lacquer to the cases which adds to their strength as well as their appearance. The sumptuous oriental silk lining will make packing an even greater pleasure. 
Where from: Globe-Trotter, 54-55 Burlington Arcade, London W1 (020-7529 5950; www.globe-trotterltd.com). 
How much: 33in suitcase with wheels £1,400; 26in suitcase £950.

27 Samsonite Scope upright case

Scope is an attractive line created by the designer Marc Newson which mixes futuristic elegance with technical precision and eye-popping colours - vibrant orange, brilliant yellow, electric blue and modern grey. This case combines aluminium hardware with hi-tech fabric and a wide handle with an ergonomic release button. 
Where from: Samsonite (01895 855755; www.samsonite.com). 
How much: £160.

28 Antler Urbanite trolley backpack

This is a user-friendly trolley/backpack combination which is smart enough for the business traveller but sporty enough for holiday use too. Available in stone or brick colour combinations, with contrasting colour panels, the tough crinkle nylon and high-density polyester trim make for a light but robust item. Furthermore the price is right and there is the bonus of Antler's seven-year guarantee.
Where from: Antler (0161-762 5000; www.antler.co.uk).
How much: £59.

29 Globe-Trotter Safari vanity case

The Safari series celebrates the revival of the suitcases made by Globe-Trotter in the late 1920s for folks travelling the world by luxury liner. The new cases are available with wheels and trolleys and come in ivory or black with contrasting straps, handles and reinforced corners.
Where from: Globe-Trotter, 54-55 Burlington Arcade, London W1 (020-7529 5950; www.globe-trotterltd.com).
How much: £325.

30 Dunhillion Cricket computer bag

This range was inspired by the Dunhillion cricket ball of the early 20th century. The signature cream stitching can be matched up with traditional ruby red leather, as well as a glamorous tan, navy, black and British racing green. Chic and neatly proportioned, this is the ultimate in style for carrying a laptop. 
Where from: Dunhill (08454 580779; www.dunhill.com). 
How much: £695.

31 Carlton Airtec suitcase

A popular and long-standing line from Carlton, this slender and shapely rigid case, made from lightweight polypropylene, comes in a vast range of gorgeous colours, from silver to sky blue to lilac as well as a range of splash colours where the base colour is mixed with white to produce a ripple effect. If fixtures such as locks, handles or wheels get damaged, they can be easily replaced.
Where from: Carlton (01707 871630; www.carltontravelgoods.com).
How much: £82.

32 Delsey Carisma four-wheel trolley case

The chic French luggage label Delsey have launched this line in both hard and soft-sided styles. Its classic 1930s styling harks back to traditional liner luggage; the ivory hard shell cases have tan leather trims and there is fine attention to detail inside too, with soft linings, inner garment, laundry and shoe bags, tie holders, wet packs and built-in section dividers.
Where from: Delsey (020-8731 3530; www.delsey.com).
How much: £279.

33 Mandarina Duck business backpack

In a rich orange or more businesslike black or blue, this backpack will carry a 15in laptop, but with its computer compartment removed, it can also double up for holiday use. It's made of waterproof nylon/polyester mix and has a carrying handle, removable shoulder strap and backpack straps.
Where from: Mandarina Duck UK, 16 Conduit St, London W1 (020-7495 8288; www.mandarinaduck.com).
How much: £145.

34 The Art of Travel holdall

This company is offering the ultimate in individual luggage. Choose an image from the vast database of the 55max photo gallery and have it printed on to a quality canvas holdall with leather handles and trim. Alternatively, you can use a picture of your own, or even a montage. Your luggage should be ready within 21 days of approval of the artwork.
Where from: 55max (020-7625 3774; www.55max.com).
How much: £225 for a single-image holdall.

35 Radley luggage label

This jolly little label will help to identify your case from all the others on the luggage carousel. It features the same stylised leaves and Radley signature Scottie dog as on the passport holder (no 15) and is available in the same colours for those who like to coordinate their travel accessories.
Where from: Radley (020-8451 6455; www.radley.co.uk).
How much: £16.25.

36 Louis Vuitton Alzer80 suitcase

These desirable wooden framed suitcases are covered with the distinctive waterproofed Monogram canvas designed in 1896 by Louis' Vuitton's son Georges to thwart imitators. They feature unpickable locks and individual lock numbers so that all your cases can be opened with one key. 
Where from: Louis Vuitton (020-7399 4050; www.vuitton.com). 
How much: £2,380.

37 Antler Amario large roller case

Streamlined curves, contemporary good looks, a generous capacity, plus the Antler seven- year guarantee, make this case great value for money. The polycarbonate shell is reinforced with an aluminium frame. Leather handles and a leather luggage tag add a touch of luxury. 
Where from: Antler (0161-762 5000; www.antler.co.uk). 
How much: £250.

38 Kipling New Wall Street trolley case

The Belgian label Kipling has never been timid with colour or pattern, and this bag is a perfect example. The rich, exotic colours reflect one of the themes behind the spring/summer 2006 collection. Fun and funky enough to win over any tweenager. 
Where from: Kipling, 205 Regent St, London W1 (020-7287 1985).
How much: small £106; cabin size £144.

39 Dunhill Motorities tourer bag

The original Motorities line was created by Alfred Dunhill in 1893 to service the faddish new occupation of motoring. This spirit of adventure has been revived in the rugged good looks of the new line, made of water-resistant khaki canvas strengthened with dark brown cowhide trim and Dunhill's signature orange nylon storm cover. 
Where from Dunhill: (08454 580779; www.dunhill.com). 
How much: £325.

40 Mandarina Duck PC briefcase

This bag looks business-smart. Designed to carry a laptop alongside a large office organiser pocket, it has useful features including the "ski boot" release system on the shoulder strap and stress-ball handles. It comes in rich burnt orange, aviation blue, pale nut brown or black. 
Where from: Mandarina Duck UK, 16 Conduit St, London W1 (020-7495 8288; www.mandarinaduck.com). 
How much: £130.

41 Valextra Costa large suitcase

The clean lines and traditional colours of this Costa range reinterpret the luggage of the 1950s for the contemporary luxury market. They are made in Valextra leather, printed with a small woven straw motif and feature the company's distinctive sheared leather edges and lacquered piping. 
Where from: Harrods, London SW1 (020-7730 1234; www.harrods.com). 
How much: £3,400.

42 Tumi Signature Frequent Flyer

This soft-sided trolley case, with its smart geometric-patterned fabric, is available in elegant champagne, tomato or caviar. As with all Tumi luggage, a unique barcode on an affixed metal plate can reunite an owner with lost luggage if it is registered with the Tumi Tracer Database.
Where from: Tumi, 170 Piccadilly, London W1 (020-7493 4138; www.tumi.com).
How much: Frequent Flyer £450; Extended Stay £575.

43 Delsey Baccarat business backpack

The smart simple lines of this backpack make it eminently suitable for business. It features an organiser, a computer compartment, expandable sides and a combination padlock. Its PVC-coated nylon and polyester body provides effective protection for valuable equipment. 
Where from: Delsey (020-8731 3530; www.delsey.com). 
How much: £100.

44 Bally Acapul travel bag

A lovely chunky bag in rich blue denim finished with tan leather handles, trim and detachable shoulder strap. There are two external pockets to add to its capacity. For the super sophisticated, the same model also comes in dark-brown calfskin. 
Where from: Bally (020-7408 9878; www.bally.com). 
How much: £475 in denim with leather trim.

45 Hartmann Tweed garment carrier

An elegant combination of nylon tweed fabric and leather trim makes this good to look at and highly practical. The virtually indestructible fabric is easy to care for, maintains its shape and colour and will not fray. 
Where from: Harrods, London SW1 (020 7730 1234; www.harrods.com). 
How much: £289.

46 Carlton Option suitcase

A streamlined and very affordable design made of lightweight high-impact-resistant polypropylene with flush locks, two wheels and a patented handle designed for stability. It is available in two sizes and in great colours including jade, lilac, sky blue and red, as well as black, navy and gunmetal. 
Where from: Carlton (01707 871630; www.carltontravelgoods.com). 
How much: £68; £78 colours.

47 Samsonite X'Lite hybrid spinner

Samsonite describes this range as the lightest and strongest luggage it has ever created, with its unique construction in an exclusive and environmentally friendly material. Its simple lines, in a choice of understated black or silver and full-grain cowhide leather trim, suggest a discreet elegance. 
Where from: Samsonite (01895 855755; www.samsonite.com). 
How much: £379.

48 Delsey Idealy WPS backpack

A capacious trolley/backpack combination designed specifically with the business person in mind and thus available only in black. It is roomy enough to take a change of clothes and washbag as well as laptop and documents, but small enough to carry on as hand luggage. 
Where from: Delsey (020-8731 3530; www.delsey.com). 
How much £90.

49 Samsonite Vintage duffle

This generously sized bag will hold more than enough for a weekend trip yet is small enough to travel on a plane as hand luggage. Like the rest of the Vintage range, the twill textile body is leather trimmed, and it is available in beige, tuscan or black or the eye-catching colour combinations of the limited edition versions in green/red or pink/red. 
Where from: Samsonite (01895 855755; www.samsonite.com). 
How much: £279.

50 Bally Puffle

With its jaunty holiday air, this must be the ultimate in traditional duffle bags, harking back in shape to its hard-working nautical origins but produced in luxury materials. It comes in a textured natural-coloured canvas with dark brown leather trim and a chunky flax rope tie. 
Where from: Bally (020-7408 9878; www.bally.com). 
How much: £350.

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