Whether planning for a long, lazy weekends at the coast or the glamorous big city getaway, we pay such special attention to the wardrobe we’ll take with us on our adventure, it’s only reasonable that equal attention be paid to the luggage as well.

globetrotter trunkWhile there is evidence to suggest that travelers were using luggage during the Roman empire, it wasn’t until the 19th century that luggage evolved from heavy wooden trunks to the lightweight and stylish suitcases that we use today. The change was the result of two things. First, the decline in the use of personal and professional staff opened up a market for a new type of luggage. As well, travel by ship and train was on the increase and with that increase so came the need for luggage that was lightweight and easy to carry. Louis Vuitton was the first company to recognize the need and is now considered the pioneer of modern luggage. For more about Louis Vuitton, see our article on the Vintage Luggage: The Trunk

Well Made Luggage is a Must

While there is a functional necessity to our luggage, having a beautiful and unique piece can help us feel good on those long airport days as well as make baggage claim or concierge pickup that much more efficient. In a sea of black, your yellow or green bag is sure to stand out. When shopping for luggage, look to companies such as Louis Vuitton or Coach who have each earned a reputation for their quality materials and ability to withstand not just the wear and tear of regular travel but also inclement weather conditions. If something handmade is more your style, seek out the products of British companies Globe Trotter or Williams British Handmade.

by Carol Smyth

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