Who Even Needs First-Class When You Have the Best Designer Luggage?

Updated 05/02/19
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It's always tempting to cut corners when shopping for travel essentials—I'm definitely familiar with opting for the wallet-friendly options out there—but if there is one space where you should invest in quality, it's with your luggage. Quality suitcases aren't just elegant; they last longer. Every last detail, from the wheels to the leather stitching or the zipper, has been crafting to the highest standards, ensuring that your luggage will last for decades.

So while it may be tempting to hurriedly purchase a budget suitcase that may or may not burst open in the departures lounge at LAX in two years because the zipper decided to give in right before your international flight, consider spending just a little more for a quality suitcase that will last you a lifetime. Besides, it'll make brushing shoulders with CEOs all the more natural next time you get upgraded. Convinced? Here are the best designer luggage brands.

Valextra Leather cabin suitcase
Valextra Leather Cabin Suitcase $5975
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Italian luggage brand Valextra isn't exactly what you'd call "budget," but if you're on the market for an exquisite quality Italian leather suitcase, this is hands down the best.

Paravel Main Line Duffel Leather-Trimmed Printed Canvas Weekend Bag
Paravel Main Line Duffel Leather-Trimmed Printed Canvas Weekend Bag $385
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We like Paravel for its chic aesthetic, but we love it even more because its weekender bag is made from stain-proof canvas, so it'll stay looking brand-new for years.

Mark Cross Grace Grained-Leather Trunk Suitcase
Mark Cross Grace Grained-Leather Trunk Suitcase $9004
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The purveyor of the fashion world's most coveted box bags also makes suitcases. We love Marc Cross luggage for its sleek look and unparalleled quality. Spoiler: Grace Kelly was a fan.

Globe-Trotter Safari Leather-Trimmed Fiberboard Travel Trolley
Globe-Trotter Safari Leather-Trimmed Fiberboard Travel Trolley $1610
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If Globe-Trotter is good enough for Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill, as the brand claims, it's good enough for us. This luxury luggage brand is the pinnacle of suitcases.

Crash Baggage Stripe 55cm Cabin Suitcase
Crash Baggage Stripe 55cm Cabin Suitcase $263
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This clever brand figured out that our luggage always gets banged up in the baggage hold, so it created a suitcase line that will conceal any dent that was accidental.

Louis Vuitton Horizon 55 Luggage
Louis Vuitton Horizon 55 Luggage $5900
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One could not talk about designer luggage without mentioning the iconic Louis Vuitton bags. Personally, we prefer this insanely chic camel option over the classic brown LV logo suitcase.

Gucci Leather-Trimmed Printed Coated-Canvas Weekend Bag
Gucci Leather-Trimmed Printed Coated-Canvas Weekend Bag $1950
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The fashion girl's go-to luxury brand looks even better in luggage form. If you have a decent amount of spend to drop on a weekender bag, this should be it.

Steamline Luggage The Anthropologist Stowaway
Steamline Luggage The Anthropologist Stowaway $895
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Steamline Luggage makes some of the most elegant suitcases. Inspired by the golden days of travel, the nostalgic designs will tug at your heartstrings.

Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano Spinner 68 stud-embellished suitcase
Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano Spinner 68 Stud-Embellished Suitcase $1550
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Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano makes some of the most durable, chic, and world-class luggage around. A true investment piece, one of these will keep on working for you for decades to come.

Goyard Majordome 50 Suitcase
Goyard Majordome 50 Suitcase $1695
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To get your own customized Goyard luggage, you'll have to go to the store—as this luxury brand doesn't sell online. But here's a secret: There are a lot of options on consignment site TheRealReal.

MCM Large Traveler Visetos Duffel Bag
MCM Large Traveler Visetos Duffel Bag $1125
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Getaway in style with MCM's white leather weekender bag. This versatile bag will blend in everywhere, from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

Moncler Striped Logo-Embroidered Quilted-Nylon Holdall
Moncler Striped Logo-Embroidered Quilted-Nylon Holdall $1145
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What better bag to take on a ski vacation than a chic Moncler weekender? You'll look right at home once you arrive at Courchevel 1850 or Aspen.

Tumi International Carry-On Aluminum Suitcase
Tumi International Carry-On Aluminum Suitcase $995
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Tumi is like the Rolls-Royce of suitcases, so if you are a frequent flyer, there is no better choice for breezing through the airport.

Mansur Gavriel Leather Holdall
Mansur Gavriel Leather Holdall $1295
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If you are a Mansur Gavriel fan, you'll love the brand's new weekender bag, which is the epitome of minimalist luggage.

Arlo Skye The Polycarbonate Carry-On
Arlo Skye The Polycarbonate Carry-On $450
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Founded by Louis Vuitton and Tumi execs, this new luggage brand is bound to become a staple in designer luggage. Best of all, it has an airline-approved, USB-C port for MacBook charging.

Ghurka Cavalier II Duffel Bag
Ghurka Cavalier II Duffel Bag $1295 $777
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A Ghurka bag is a perfect accessory to take on your next safari adventure. The brand specializes in rugged leather luggage that is hardwearing enough to last generations.

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