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What Are The Best Rolling Luggage That You Can Give (And Get)?

Everyone needs one great wheeled suitcase.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano
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Let’s kick off the season of finding gifts with presents that tell people to go away! Er, we mean, travel. Rolling luggage—everybody needs one: your dad who jets off for work, your sister who goes on a trip every weekend, and of course, you who likes to get away from them. That's a joke. Here are some of the best wheeled wonders to give. 

The Sure Thing: Rimowa Bossa Nova


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Funny story: An ad exec once lamented how, when rounding up the luggage of his Filipino clients, he was faced with wave upon wave of Rimowas at baggage claim. It drove him nuts, but that just goes to show that Rimowa remains top of mind for travelers who want to say: “Yes, I can afford to stuff my belongings in something expensive.” Just so the lucky recipient of this gift doesn't look like everyone else, consider the Bossa Nova, which comes in this deep green. Die-hard fans have always lauded Rimowa’s maneuverability. The experience just feels good. Greenbelt 5 

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The New Stunner: Tumi 19 Degree


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The name is call out to the 19-degree angle that the wheelie's sculpted stripes follow, and we have to say that the effect is a stunning. When moving, this looks like a rippling cube of water that, by the way, also protects belongings. Details set the 19 Degree apart: snap closures, reinforced corners, spring-loaded side handles, and a molded top handle that is more resistant to breaking. The bag's new owner need not worry about mishaps—he can just look good. Greenbelt 5 

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The Buoyant: Samsonite Cosmolite


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If anyone is keeping count, according to a 2015 global market share survey, Samsonite takes the biggest slice of the luggage pie with a 17.3 percent share. In Manila, the bagmakers have recently rebranded their stores as the House of Samsonite. Which is another way of saying that they have a complete spectrum of goods to offer. Their light-and-strong contender is the Cosmolite, and the easiest way to describe this is that it looks like a gigantic shell with a T-bar pull handle. This is made out of their proprietary Curv material (woven threads of plastic), but all you really need to know is that an empty Cosmolite can be lifted off the ground with just one hand. Greenbelt 5 

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The Highly Designed: Louis Vuitton Horizon by Marc Newson


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We can't have a conversation about luggage without mentioning trunkmakers Louis Vuitton. Last year, they introduced the Horizon wheelies by acclaimed designer Marc Newson. The biggest shift was the relocation of the telescopic handle to the exterior of the trunk—a move that translated to good design and, more important, lots of space within. An update this fall sees larger Horizons; also note the availabity of bold colors. This is perfect for that friend who has an inexplicable attraction to acid-trip yellow. And if you're wondering how the hell will this expensive leather be safe from bruises, it comes with a protective cover. Use when checking in. Greenbelt 4 

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The Quiet and Elegant: Hermes Calèche-Express


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We first introduced you to this softside wheelie in 2014 (via our print edition), and we still can't get over it. What we particularly liked about the Calèche-Express back then remains true today: the slim-and-tight profile, the water-resistant canvas, and the muted colorway, all of which makes for a distinctly elegant bag that does not attract the wrong kind of attention. That last bit is the definition of true luxury. Greenbelt 3

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The Cool Find: Vocier Luggage


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This very cool find has a very neat trick: Via a protected sleeve (think garment bag) that curves around the interior, it allows you to pack up to two suits without creasing them. The curving system eliminates the pressure that causes fabrics to wrinkle. This is for the peripatetic well-dressed. Spectre Manila, 916 Luna Mencias, Mandaluyong 

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Bonus Round (Missed It Edition): Givenchy Nightingale Luggage


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Maybe you’ve been lusting after the Nightingale Trolley, a wheelie that transmits an appropriate level of capital “F” fashion by being different (a vertical carry-all on wheels) but not too unusual (thank you, black). Unfortunately, shop insiders report that this style is sold out in Manila, but the no-wheels version is a good alternative (for keeping). Greenbelt 4 

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Bonus Round (Social Media Edition): Gucci Courrier GG Supreme Suitcase


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And while we're on the subject of wheel-less things, check out this throwback suitcase from Gucci. How can you say no to embroidered appliqués of UFOs, airmail stamps, and a beast on a field of GGs? Will look great in a not-at-all-staged airport OOTD. Greenbelt 4

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