{take me away № 02 | luggage to last a lifetime}


As with many things, it is wise to purchase the best quality of luggage and travel accessories that one can afford. Luggage is an investment, and quality pieces will often last for a lifetime.


Well-made and designed luggage is aimed to make the process of your journey easier, and will take you through many years of adventures.


Whether you are beginning to put together your own luggage collection, are a well-seasoned traveler looking to replace the pieces you have, or searching for the perfect gift for someone you love, this guide will assist you in building a quality luggage collection.



No matter if you prefer a sleek, streamlined look with neutral colors, or a colorful, fun look with personalized details . . .


It is imperative to learn some of the basics of what to look for when selecting pieces . . .


[as always, more after the jump] x

l u g g a g e s h a p e

It is advisable to purchase both a small and large rolling piece—having both will serve you well for a variety of trips. Many prefer standard rolling luggage, with a firm shape in order to keep contents better protected.


Surprisingly, a firm rectangular shape will allow you to fit more than a soft shape would. However, a soft or firm shape for a carry-on shoulder bag is fine, based on preference.


e x t e r i o r m a t e r i a l

Take a look first at the fabric of the luggage. While hard-sided rolling pieces might be arguably sturdier, they are also considerably heavier.


If you prefer something lighter, select a fabric piece of either nylon or ballistic nylon over polyester. Keep in mind that besides size, there are also weight restrictions when traveling. Look for a tight, dense weave, and if the label goes into detail, high-denier [referring to the thickness of the fabric].


As for a carry-on, other such additional bags, and accessories, a nylon or leather/eco-equivalent is most often the best option for longevity. Leather as the main material on a rolling piece would add unnecessary weight, and is always a concern when wet, but lovely for a carry-on shoulder bag.


e x t e r i o r f a s t e n e r s

Be sure to take a close look at the zippers. Overall, zippers will require possibly more repairs than any other aspect of your luggage. A chain zipper, over a coil zipper will fair better, as they are relatively stronger and more resistant to dirt. To finish, do not forget to purchase quality locks for your luggage as well.


e x t e r i o r b o t t o m

Quality wheels on a rolling piece that are larger and made of rubber will allow you to move faster and easier. Also, if they are recessed at all, they are less likely to be damaged. The bottom of your piece should be strong and may have additional protective pieces added to the corners and the bottom to ensure longevity.


s t o r a g e c o m p a r t m e n t s

You may prefer a bag without exterior compartments for a simple, elegant look, or may like the convenience of a few exterior compartments. Keep in mind, that while it might seem like exterior pockets will add storage possibilities, they also increase the overall size of the piece once packed.


Adding small necessities to a carry-on bag, rather than to the exterior of a rolling piece, if it can be helped, is best.


Before purchasing, be sure to open the bag and take a look at the interior. A water resistant, easy to clean interior is always a great idea, and one with extras such as garment bags, is a bonus.


h a n d l e s & s u c h

Lastly, be sure to test the handle on your rolling piece. Does it feel sturdy? Try walking around with the piece and be certain that the length of the handle is comfortable and fits well to your height.


Often luggage is carried for quite a length of time, and we must always consider our backs and the strain that an ill-fitting bag may cause.


Test also that the mechanisms and that the handle retracts and can be used with ease. Your carry-on (and possibly on the side of your rolling piece as well) should have sturdy handles with strong seams and fasteners.


{a fun idea}

Whether you are planning to purchase luggage and/or travel accessories for yourself or another, there are a few ways in which to make the purchase special.


A wonderful atelier and shop, La Contrie, works alongside customers to create the perfect, quality piece: one may design her luggage—from selecting the materials, stitching, and liningto adding a custom name, monogram or even date.


You may also have the straps of your new bag measured to fit your proportions. Such a lovely way to mark a special occasion, memory or personalize the piece!

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