The 11 Best Luggage Brands That Deserve Your Hard-Earned Cash

Here's what you need to know about each one.

Luggage is one of those items that seems completely unimportant until it is the only thing that is important. A business trip, a vacation, a weekend getaway—whatever sort of situation might call for a suitcase is one where it's worth having luggage that won't fall apart on you. Lugging a ripped, beat-up carry-on isn't exactly the picture of put-together. Lucky for you, there are some solid luggage options out there now that are clean, modern, and fit for any price point. Here are the 11 brands you should know—and one key piece from each. 

Calpak Ambeur 20-Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On 

Calpak does an easy-rolling carry-on particularly well. There's minimal detailing, so it looks clean. It might be a hardshell, but this case is surprisingly lightweight at 7 lbs. Plus, the interior pockets make it easy to stay organized without a second thought.  

Herschel Supply Co. Trade Medium


You might already love yourself a Herschel duffle bag, which is all the more reason to consider a suitcase. They have the same sort of everyday, sporty feel as the duffles, but don't require a should to lean (okay, hang) on. 

Eastpak Tranzshell Multiwheel Suitcase

Eastpak does go-to baggage with the kind of expertise you'd expect. This suitcase is the perfect mix of a soft and hard exterior: The outside is foam and canvas, but it functions more like a hardshell. Pair your almost-matching backpack with it for a streamlined travel experience.  

Away The Medium

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If you're not yet on the Away train, it's time to be. The brand's main purpose is to make traveling less complex and stressful. The bags are simple, well-made, and come in a variety of colors and sizes to choose from. There's truly one for everybody.  

Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable Carry-On

Polycarbonate is a common (and very good) material for luggage. It'll will keep its shape throughout transit, but it also won't weigh you down. This one comes with a garment hanger, so it's a solid option for when you're packing a suit. 

Arlo Skye The Bigger Polycarbonate Carry-On


Arlo Skye's suitcases are as high-quality as they are attractive. First of all, it just looks good. The subtle piping and corners make it stand out on the conveyer belt, and the durable polycarbonate won't get too banged up. Thumbs up to extra-protected corners, too.

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Bric's Bellagio Spinner Trunk Suitcase

Bric's luggage has a sort of vintage aesthetic to it that makes it a delight to look at. It backs that old-timey look up with modern necessities, like a water-repellent zip closure and TSA-approved locks. 

Tumi Continental Expandable 4-Wheeled Carry-On


If you're a traveling businessperson, there's nothing more classic than Tumi luggage. The brand's options run the gamut, but a lot of the pieces are made out of ballistic nylon (aka, virtually indestructible) and this one has a zipper that'll expand it a few inches—perfect for when you're bringing home more than you packed. 

Rimowa Classic Check-In Large

Rimowa is the ultimate fashion-person suitcase. The signature silver aluminum is a standout—don't worry about mixing it up while you're traveling, unless it's to fashion week—and the handmade leather handles fail you mid-trip.  

Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano Spinner Aluminium Carry-On Suitcase


Fabbrica's aluminum suitcase could probably make it to the moon and back again. The incredibly durable hard-shell can withstand every sort of wear and tear you might put it through. If you're looking for your perfect lifetime suitcase, this is it.  

Louis Vuitton Horizon 55 Suitcase

And, of course, there's Louis Vuitton. This is the luggage equivalent of a vintage watch or a dream car. It's effective—and it makes you feel something. Expensive? Yes. But if you're already in the market, well... try to beat it.

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