The last thing you want your luggage to be is extra baggage. It should be something of quality that announces your aesthetic (be it serious business, luxurious leisure, or anything in between). We assign value to our luggage, or at least the belongings it protects, so why should it not be of utmost value, too? Even if it gets tossed around by baggage handlers, it’s no baggage to you, and the best luggage out there can withstand any carousels and trolleys.
Be it aluminum or polycarbonate, wheeled or duffled, the best luggage gets you excited to pack your bags and is worth being carted upstairs by the bellhop. Not to mention, it’s built to last, and isn’t something you’ll toss aside after a year of use.
If you’re in the market for an upgrade, a new check-in bag, or perhaps your first set, then browse the best luggage brands below. They’re our 15 favorites, all high quality, and each with their own unique spin on design.
Old-school German engineering with a modern aesthetic: Horizn is conquering the US market much like it has in Europe, thanks to its clean design and colorful array—and it deploys sustainable, mindful production methods.
OK, promise we’re not preferential towards German design, but Cologne-based RIMOWA rounds out the top 3. This legacy brand was the first to introduce aluminum and polycarbonate options to market, and 80% of its pieces are still made by hand.
Yes, everyone you know has an Away bag, and for good reason. The NYC-based brand leads with straightforward, sharp design and an ever-growing selection of equipment—so that your Away bag still looks different from everyone else’s. Their direct-to-consumer approach cuts out the middleman mark-up.
As if Louis Vuitton needs an introduction—the monogram says it all.
From luggage to pet carriers, Arlo Skye is a design-forward travel brand founded by alum of Louis Vuitton and Tumi—two other favorites from this list.
Australian-born July touts “tough to break, easy to look at” luggage—and is still new enough that your luggage won’t match any other on the carousel or in the overhead bins.
Massachusetts-based Samsonite offers luggage staples and a range of business traveler necessities, all at affordable rates.
A Samsonite brand, Tumi is HQed in New Jersey and offers a more luxurious spin than its parent, with an appreciation for adventure and “far-flung journeys”.
Monos is Canada’s excellent take on sleek, modern luggage, with an extra eye for detail and style.
As the parent company of Swiss Army, Victorinox is quite literally the Swiss Army Knife of the luggage world, combining function with world-class detailing.
Japan’s MUJI offers simplistic, function-forward home goods and everyday essentials, including luggage and other travel necessities.
Iconic, American-made aluminum luggage and attachés. (And polycarbonate options, too!)
Eye-catching handmade British luggage fit for a king.