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The 10 Best suitcases

Quilted, leopard print, four-wheeler or parrot-shaped? Pack with style in one of these essential travel companions

{1} Briggs and Riley Weekender

An extra-large weekend bag that’s smart, sophisticated and very spacious. The strong nylon outer fabric is water and abrasion resistant, so should handle any knocks in transit without damage. The heavy-duty zippers say this luggage is built to last.

£179, directluggage.co.uk

{2} Eastpak Tranverz Holdall

For those who want something in between a hard suitcase and a weekend bag, this is a fantastic compromise. With two wheels and a telescopic handle for cruising the airport, the bag is guaranteed for 30 years. Did we mention it comes in leopard print?

£84, johnlewis.com

{3} Herschel Parcel

From the brand behind some of the  most popular and most fashionable rucksacks of the moment, this suitcase really is a treat. Custom printed, with Herschel’s signature leather toggles,  this well-crafted case is as hip as  they come. 

£210, flatspot.com

{4} Knomo Marseille

An eccentric, yet smart bag, this colourful wheeled trolley is a fashionable luggage solution from the London-based designer Knomo. The quilting isn’t just for show; it should keep your belongings pleasantly cushioned as they go.

£164.50, knomobags.com

{5} Mulberry Scotchgrain

Trimmed in tan leather, with brushed gold decals, this bag from the renowned fashion house Mulberry is a truly indulgent buy. If you’re spending  this much on a suitcase then you  better be planning an amazing  holiday to go with it. Skegness, here  we come!

£750, selfridges.com

{6} Rimowa Salsa

German design you can trust, this case is built from super light polycarbonate and is incredibly sturdy. The built-in combination lock offers state-of-the-art security so you can travel with peace of mind. Just looking at it, you can tell it’s not to be messed with.

£423, globalluggage.co.uk

{7} The Diplomat

Travel in style with this vintage-inspired suitcase that harks back to the days when trains ran on steam and air travel didn’t require speedy  boarding. The leather case, part of the luxurious Steamline Luggage range, features  approved locks, roller wheels  and a metal frame to hold it in shape.

£370, selfridges.com

{8} SuitSuit Washing Machine

It may really look like a washing machine, but it is, in fact, a suitcase. How the team at Suitsuit came up with the idea is beyond us, but it certainly makes a change from the usual. The lightweight case is impact resistant with plenty of packing straps and pockets inside for all your dirty laundry.

£169, selfridges.com

{9} Travel Buddies Popo Parrot

Keep the kids in check with this cute parrot-shaped number. Popo may look fun, but he (or she?) is also incredibly functional, with a telescopic handle, roller wheels, a fully lined interior and elastic packing straps.

£40, johnlewis.com

{10} Tripp Holiday four-Wheel Suitcase

Simple and affordable, the Tripp range offers a great selection of tough, secure cases. They also come in a huge range of cheerful colours, so you’ll be able to spot it coming of the luggage carousel with ease.

£49, tripp.co.uk