Luggage leaders: the latest travel companions to get carried away with
Aircraft carry-ons, overnight bags, passport holders and travel pouches; there’s a plethora of travel companions out there. From transparent cabin bags to personalised pull alongs, we present our curation of the finest travel pieces, guaranteed to generate desire in the departure lounge and beyond...
In our March 2018 issue (W*228), we took an exclusive look at the new visual identity of Rimowa, under the directorship of the German house’s new then 25-year old CEO Alexandre Arnault. Rimowa, which was acquired by LVMH in January 2017, has recently showcased a series of fashion collaborations, including April's sellout design with Supreme. Now, the label has released the second iteration of its collaboration with Fendi; a cabin trolly in two new blue and red colourways. Its brushed aluminium case boasts a double ‘F’ logo, with an eye-catching buckled belt. The brand has also launched a distinct suitcase design in collaboration with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White (pictured above). It features a polycarbonate transparent case with contrasting black handles and wheels, encouraging a tidy approach to packing.
With a founding team including Charlie Clifford, founder and longtime CEO of Tumi, and Larry Lein, former executive vice president and architect of Tumi’s brand strategy, ROAM has taken luggage customisation mile-high. Customers are able to select a suitcase style in ten colours, be it Tahitian Sand (pictured) or Safari Green, and then customise its elements (wheel hubcaps, zipper, carry handle, et al.) according to over a million different combinations. The US-made suitcases are constructed from lightweight and sturdy polycarbonate with a high gloss finish, ensuring that your chosen style is powerful not just in personality, but in strength.
The Italian label’s trolleys, document and passport cases can now be given a little extra personalised pizzazz. If Bottega Veneta’s signature Intrecciatio weave leather isn’t alluring enough, why not stamp it with a graphic monogram? Take inspiration from the style above, and opt for shadow letters in subtle grey, or encourage head-turning at Heathrow or Hong Kong International Airport with a personalised stamp in bold red or blue.