{take me away № 03 | tips for buying luggage}




With thanks to a lovely reader for the suggestion, this week’s {take me away} column shares and showcases an array of wonderful luggage options, from inexpensive, yet lovely pieces readily available at Macy’s, to exquisite investment pieces in Louis Vuitton‘s classic Monogram Etoile.


Whether you are looking to purchase your carry-on with a more conservative budget and splurge on your suitcase, or are looking to build a life-long lasting collection or perhaps, are looking for the best quality set for a small budget, style and function needn’t be compromised. And so, below are some of our current favorites on the market, in an array of looks, price points, designs and functions, offering features to note and great style . . .



[read sarah‘s picks & tips for choosing luggage after the jump] x

b r i l l i a n t b r i g h t s : a s f u n a s c a n d y

01 Anne Klein, Jetsetter: This lovely set is trimmed in a luxurious crocodile texture, features a surprise interior lining, and is as lightweight as can be, making your travel much easier.

02 Steamline Luggage: A classic, vintage-style investment set to treasure always. Handcrafted and leather-bound, these pieces are surprisingly lightweight, finished with discreet [and therefore more long-lasting] wheels, and are very chic to display when not in use.

03 Hartmann, The Packcloth Collection: Designed in a vibrantly fun colour scheme, with this set, you may find yourself booking a tropical island destination; as affordable as it is lovely, this collection offers special details such as a durable exterior, in-line [& longer lasting] skate wheels, saddle-wrap closures on the handle which increase grip security, and much more.

c o f f e e c l u b : t e m p t i n g c l a s s i c s

01 Louis Vuitton, Alzer 60: Famed for its long-lasting quality and signature design, this piece is available in the classic monogram canvas print, with the lovely option of adding your initials to customize the piece; quite spacious and incredibly sturdy, it is a piece that will surely last a lifetime, and perhaps, beyond.

02 London Fog, Knightsbridge Satchel: A fabulous and highly recommended carry-on or weekend bag, this light, sturdy satchel is budget friendly and well-built. The entire collection is lined with the bonus of an easy-to-clean coordinating brown interior.

03 Mulberry, Black-Cognac Scotchgrain: One of the many beautiful Mulberry luggage pieces available — true to its stylish roots, with a classic, compact, high-quality design; leather trim detailing and hidden wheels add a nice touch.

04 Filson: With ruggedly refined appeal, these beautiful bags offer wonderful interior and exterior storage, are incredibly tough and finished in a water resistant fabric, making them suitable for the many types of trips you may require them for — from a safari to a trip to the countryside.

s t e e lt h e s h o w : s t r i k i n g & e l e g a n t

01 Tumi, Bedford Collection: Trimmed in the finest of leathers and made with durable ballistic nylon, artisanal craftsmanship and advanced engineering is evident with this high quality, well-regarded collection.

02 Tumi, Bedford Motcomb Hatbox: A streamlined, minimalist hatbox. Do not be fooled, though, this hatbox is quite suitable for not only your favorite hats, but is quite multi-purpose, and can be used as a weekend or overnight bag or even used on a more daily basis. A nice surprise: an interior mirror and strong fasteners to keep your hats in place.

03 Hartmann, Vera Wang, Doctor’s Bag: This (hard to resist) well-designed bag spares no luxury, beginning with the gorgeous leather and matte metal hardware, to the signature lavender lining and ultra-handy magnetic pockets for quick access to travel documents and reading material, a custom luggage tag, and much more.

04 Hartmann, Mobile Traveler, Luxe Collection: Incredibly glamorous, this piece features top quality features, such as four star MT2(R) Technology, in-line skate wheels and a patented Baggage Link quick-clip strap.


{an additional tip to keep in mind:}

Often by waiting until a sale arises, one can save and be able to purchase a typically more expensive piece for less or alternatively, purchase additional pieces.


{images: fashion editorial 1 : flavia de oliveira by fabio bartelt via fashion gone rogue; detail images via louis vuitton; stacked louis vuitton alzer 60 via a previous post; fashion editorial 2 : cristina tosio by riccardo tinelli for elle spain november 2009; lip blam: by terry rose balm; steel the show 02 : miu miu glitter booties, eye glasses by oliver peoples; o4 : gucci suede platform pumps}

Sarah Klassen
Contributor, Vancouver

Even as a girl, Sarah spent hours curled up in her home library, exploring enchanting tales, lands to be discovered and explored, intriguing stories, and timeless beauty. What resulted is a lifelong passion for love and authenticity, delightful simplicity and beautiful moments. Educated in design, marketing and English, Sarah’s keen eye and aesthetic allow her to immerse beauty and heartfelt passion into both her personal and professional projects.

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