The finalists for Luggage or Travel Bag in this year’s Surface Travel Awards are a showcase for the category’s continuing ingenuity. Whether it be an iridescent artist collab, a vintage-inspired trunk, or Space Age-styled portage, any of the choices below will surely induce suitcase-envy on your next trip.
An impressive collaboration between artist and maker that is also justifiably out of stock online, this collection features eye-catching iridescent color schemes courtesy of Israel in the anodized aluminum form responsible for RIMOWA’s reputation as a category leader. In its stead, try the brand’s beautiful original check-in. $1,350 at RIMOWA.
In terms of functionality, this model provides somewhat of a revolution by looking backward: the team here sourced the look and engineering of its wheels from skateboards. The result is a case with amazing stability and aesthetics with a touch of skate culture. $533 at Floyd.
A solid combination of Space-Age tech and Space-Age dreams, the manufacturer teamed with agency and its promising astronaut-in-training, teen Alyssa Carson, for an nostalgic luggage piece that benefits from polycarbonate materials and childhood memories, while paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. $778 at Horizn Studios.
While the collection visually recalls the golden age of travel with its various nods to steamer trunks and other portage of the time, the weights and reliability are all of-the-moment. The 30-inch Trolley Case, in particular, offers the best of past and present.
Again a collection that fuses the era of leather-bound bags with today’s materials, forms, and functionality, this line from the famed designer is a clear and well-landed step into the 21st Century from perhaps the most famous and hallowed luggage brand. $2,810 at Louis Vuitton.