Best carry-on luggage for luxurious departures

Jet off with our stylish selection of carry-on luggage and cabin bags, guaranteed to turn heads in an airport terminal or hotel reception

Pile of Globe-Trotter carry on luggage bags on sunlit wall
Micro Case by Globe-Trotter
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When it comes to travel – be it via plane abroad, car to a country hotel or train to city break – covetable and practical carry-on luggage is key. Whether you’re looking for something soft or hard shell, printed or pared back, expandable or ergonomic, cabin bag or duffle, a veritable world of onboard options awaits in Wallpaper’s edit of the best carry-on luggage and cabin bags – featuring Rimowa, Globe-Trotter, Tumi, The North Face, Missoni and more.

Wallpaper’s most covetable carry-on luggage

The lightweight: #MY4810 cabin compact trolley by Montblanc

Montblanc suitcase

#MY4810 cabin compact trolley by Montblanc

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Montblanc brings its engineering expertise to an expanded #MY4810 luggage offering, comprising new colours, sizes and finishes. Shades include ‘forged iron’, ‘British green’ and the petrol-blue ‘ottanio’, each available in the house’s cabin compact trolley, a truly lightweight polycarbonate suitcase which Montblanc calls ‘your personal travel companion’. Various interior compartments aid organisation, while a leather trim and handle showcase Montblanc’s expertise in leather. Combine with the sleek Meisterstück duffle bag and matching passport case for elevated departure-lounge attire. 

Key features

  • Crafted from lightweight polycarbonate
  • Leather handles and trim
  • Internal organisation
  • New shades, including include ‘forged iron’, ‘British green’ and ‘ottanio’

The head-turner: Cabin Desert by Palace Rimowa

Rimowa suitcase with bold Palace print

Palace Rimowa cabin bag

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A new collaboration sees Rimowa unite with cult London-based skate brand Palace on a version of the German luggage brand’s ridged aluminium carry-on – here, emblazoned with a bold graphic print depicting a ‘dystopic desert landscape’. Designed to turn heads, the collaborative cabin bag is a ‘celebration of the spirit of mobility’ and features a unique ‘infinity’ artwork lining with Palace and Rimowa’s names woven into the motif. A matching print appears on the accompanying skateboard deck – a guaranteed collector’s item.

Key features

  • Anodised aluminium alloy case
  • Palace Rimowa ‘infinity’ lining
  • Telescopic handle
  • TSA-approved locks

The jet-setter: carry-on trolley case and luggage set, by Globe-Trotter x Casablanca

Globe-trotter collaborative silver cabin bag

Globe-Trotter x Casablanca

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Casablanca, founded by Parisian designer Charaf Tajer, has fast become one of fashion’s most recognisable young labels, known for a louche, sporty sensibility which roots itself in the aesthetics of the 1970s (the label itself describes itself as reinterpreting ‘the timeless environments of a luxurious heritage hotel suite or a crisp glass of champagne at a private country club terrace sunset’). A new six-piece luggage collaboration with historic British luggage brand Globe-Trotter captures the golden age of jet-set travel – the designs first featured in the brand’s high glamour aviation-themed A/W 2022 film Le Monde Diplomatique – with a ridged aluminium exterior, bamboo handles and an opulent interior in tricolour aviation check (on the exterior, Casablanca’s signature enamelled 22-karat gold branding plaque). For carry-on, an array of options await – whether a miniature vanity, attaché briefcase, or carry-on trolley case. For those heading further afield, a matching check-in case completes the luxurious set. 

Key features

  • Ridged aluminium exterior
  • Bamboo handles
  • Enamelled 22-karat gold branding
  • Tricolour aviation-check lining

The alternative innovator: Cabin by Floyd

The alternative innovator Cabin, by Floyd. Three hard shell carry-on cases on wheels in light pink, blue and grey.

Cabin by Floyd

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Have you always seen yourself as a pro skater, mastering ollies and heelflips and hanging out on top of a half pipe? Floyd’s founders spent their teenage years skateboarding on the streets of the Bavarian villages they grew up in, and their Munich-based luggage label is born from a nostalgia for kickflips and the Californian cool cultivated by skateboarders in Venice Beach in the 1970s. The brand’s range of hard-polycarbonate-shell check-in and cabin bag roll-on suitcases are accentuated with modern versions of the bright polyurethane skateboarding wheels popularised by Cadillac Wheels in 1973. Laura Hawkins

Key features

  • Polycarbonate hard shell 
  • TSA-approved lock
  • Retractable top handle
  • Multi-directional dual-wheels on base

The design classic: Original Cabin by Rimowa

The design classic Original Cabin carry-on bag by Rimowa. Silver carry-on bag with wheels and a handle.

Original Cabin by Rimowa

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Luggage legend has it that Rimowa dreamt up its first aluminium suitcase in 1937, after a factory fire destroyed all its other materials, including wood and leather. The Cologne-based brand’s current aeroplane cabin-appropriate iteration has been compared by its former CEO Alexandre Arnault to a Leica camera or Porsche 911, and is imagined in grooved aluminium, first introduced to the company in 1950. Lightweight, luxurious and lustworthy, it’s an essential for brief business trips or design-led weekends away. LH

Key features

  • Anodised aluminium alloy case 
  • Riveted high-gloss aluminium corners 
  • Telescopic handle 
  • TSA-approved locks

The award winner: Spectra 2.0 Global Carry-On by Victorinox

Spectra 2.0 Global Carry-On luggage. A black hard shell case on wheels with a handle.

Spectra 2.0 Global Carry-On, by Victorinox

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Keen to sport something that's won a design gong? Victorinox's ‘Spectra 2.0 Global Carry-On’ won the coveted 2014 Red Dot Award for Design Excellence and boasts a host of practical signatures: Swiss Tracker Bag Tracking programme, front compartments for a laptop and tablet, telescopic trolley system and four quiet spinner wheels for zipping through a train terminal. This compact creation is available in a trio of shades, including a striking red, and its front section features a range of interior pockets for those whose organisation errs on obsessive. LH

Key features

  • Polycarbonate outer shell
  • Organised front section with tablet and laptop slots
  • TSA-approved lock
  • Dual access

The essential for outdoors aficionados: Small Base Camp Duffel by The North Face

Small Base Camp Duffel bags by The North Face. Round black and red duffel bags in six different sizes.

Small Base Camp Duffel by The North Face

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Explorers around the world frequently equip themselves with The North Face's ‘Base Camp Duffel’ bag, which, luckily for all air travellers, is also imagined in more compact cabin-friendly dimensions. This soft style is formed from practical water-resistant, recycled materials and, in a hybrid design twist, can be carried or worn as an in-transit backpack, using detachable, adjustable ergonomic shoulder straps. Not forgetting the style’s ultra-practical internal mesh pockets and side pockets, alongside expansion-allowing compression straps, should you be prone to over-packing. A must-have for a mountain adventure or simply a relaxing urban retreat. LH

Key features

  • 50 litre capacity
  • Water-resistant shell made from recycled materials
  • Main compartment has a secure-zip mesh pocket and an end-cap mesh sleeve pocket
  • Four compression straps

The luxury leader: Carry-On by Aviteur

Carry on luggage by Aviteur. A black white spotted hard shell case on wheels with a white handle.

Carry-On by Aviteur

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When Patricia Gucci – granddaughter of Gucci’s founder, Guccio Gucci – was developing the signature elements of her new carry-on luggage designs, ubiquitous graphics were the last thing on her mind. ‘The carry-on market is fairly polarised, with generic utilitarian bags at one end and luxury brands at the other,’ she says of the gap her label Aviteur seeks to fill. The resulting design is a sleek leather carry-on suitcase in supple black, tan or grey leather, which boasts a luxurious Paglia di Vienna weaved panel at its centre, inspired by cane luggage from the 1960s. The style is a blend of heritage and modernity, boasting a transparent Lucite handle, silent wheels and aluminium components, and nodding to the va-va-voom once associated with aviation. LH

Key features

  • Finest calf-skin leather with components made of materials used in modern aircraft
  • Transparent, buttonless solid Lucite handle
  • Silent wheels
  • Two inner compartments

The sustainable stalwart: Circle One suitcase by Horizn Studios

Circle One carry on luggage by Horizn Studios. Four hard shell cases on wheels with a handle in white, black, yellow and blue.

Circle One suitcase by Horizn Studios

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Horizn Studios already makes some of the best and lightest luggage out there, with helpful extras like removable battery packs and dedicated laptop sections. The company’s latest range, ‘Circle One’, marks a number of innovations; a hard-shell case formed from biodegradable, 100 per cent plant-based material that is also lighter than aluminium and more eco-friendly and long-lasting than polycarbonate. The company not only sells this as luggage that can be ‘repaired – never replaced’, but it’s also offering a 30 per cent discount to those aged under 30, helping make sustainability more accessible. Jonathan Bell

Key features

  • Biodegradable, ultra-durable hard shell
  • Lightweight magnesium telescopic tubes
  • Recycled zippers and bio-filled handles
  • Designed to be repaired, and never replaced

The bright idea: blue medium Sea Bag by Connolly

Blue medium sea bag carry on luggage by Connolly

Blue medium Sea Bag by Connolly

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Leaders of the wondrous weekend-away look, British label Connolly excels when it comes to luxurious luggage. The brand has a range of soft travel styles, suited for stowing in the trunk of a vintage car while zipping into the countryside, or cushioning inside a plush, long-haul cabin. Enter Connolly’s ‘Sea Bag’, a sumptuous style in deep oceanic blue, crafted in supple leather, and featuring vintage palladium silver hardware for a well-worn effect. Its detachable shoulder strap makes it ultra-practical too. LH

Key features

  • Supple leather
  • Palladium silver hardware
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Top handle strap

The must-have for maximalists: International Expandable 4-Wheeled Carry-On by Tumi x Missoni

International Expandable 4-Wheeled Carry On luggage, by Tumi x Missoni. A hard shell case on wheels with a handle with a multi coloured zig zag pattern.

International Expandable 4-Wheeled Carry-On by Tumi x Missoni

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In a transatlantic team-up, New York luggage and lifestyle brand Tumi and Italian luxury label Missoni have collaborated on a prismatic travel collection, which abounds in the latter’s famous kaleidoscopic prints. For the partnership, Tumi looked to Missoni’s archival iconic zig-zag, festooning its signature ‘Voyageur’ luggage designs, from the ‘International Expandable 4-Wheeled Carry-On’ to the ‘Ruma Crossbody’, with rich rusty tones that are sure to draw envious glances in the departure lounge. LH

Key features

  • Strong Tegris case
  • Gold tone accents
  • 2in expansion
  • Printed compression straps

The standout of jet-set style: Centenary Carry On by Globe-Trotter

Centenary Carry On luggage, by Globe-Trotter. A blue hard shell case on wheels with a black handle.

Centenary Carry On by Globe-Trotter

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The designs of English luggage maker Globe-Trotter are synonymous with the Golden Age of travel, and have a touch of jet-set style that should be sought after today. Its designs have even been carried by Queen Elizabeth and Edmund Hillary. For your own elegant adventures, we recommend the brand's ‘Centenary Carry On’, a cabin-ready hard-case style designed in the brand’s signature Vulcanised Fibreboard, and available in a variety of delectable shades. Its interior is equally refined, and is lined in a tactile pinstripe. With this travel piece, you’ll feel supremely sophisticated, whether on a work trip or weekend away.

Key features

  • Vulcanised Fibreboard exterior
  • Pinstripe lining
  • Leather corners and handles
  • Two or four wheel specifications

The covetable style for kids: The Kids’ Carry-On by Away

The Kids Carry-On luggage, by Away. A burgundy hard shell case on wheels with a black handle.

The Kids Carry-On by Away.

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Travelling with tiny tots? May we present to you ‘The Kids’ Carry-On’ suitcase by Away, a scaled-down version of the cult American travel brand’s signature cabin silhouette. The style boasts many of Away’s luggage signatures, including a sturdy polycarbonate hard shell, smooth 360-degree spinner wheels, leather detailing, an interior compression system for expansion and an interior hidden laundry bag for separating grubby clothing. The mini carry-on even features an ejectable battery pack for charging electronic devices when your kids need a distraction in the departure lounge. LH

Key features

  • Polycarbonate hard shell
  • Smooth 360-degree spinner wheels
  • Interior compression system
  • Ejectable battery pack

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.