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Pack in the punch

Travelling in style doesn’t just mean carrying the best clothes and flying first-class. It also means showing off the classiest travel gear when boarding a flight or checking in at a hotel. Check out some of the finest luggage on offer.

Deepti Khanna Bose        Print Edition: April 20, 2008

Forget designer handbags— luxury travel luggage is what the world is talking about. The best suitcases are both durable and handsome. Shopping for luggage isn’t really exciting at times, but it sure makes sense to get the right bag for your trip. Whether it’s for a short trip or a long vacation, here’s what you should be looking to buy.

Platinum Fendi

Nothing spells vintage iconic style like the brand’s FF logo emblazoned on your luggage

The Trio range from Fendi is perfect as a set, as well as for separate usage. The semi-soft trolley (#1) is perfect for three-to-four sets of clothing, a pair of shoes, slippers and toiletries. The matching laptop bag (#2) packs in not just your connect to the world and its accompaniments, but also has room for a few shirts, making it the perfect piece of luggage for a two-day trip. The soft Zucca Print Fendi (#3), aptly named The 24H Bag, is just that—perfect either for a day trip or as a part of the set to keep those shirts and jackets of yours crease-free. Fendi Luggage available at : Fendi, Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Colaba, Mumbai Price: Rs 60,000-3 lakh

Gold Kipling

They say there are more Kipling bags than women in Belgium. And every minute, about 16 Kipling bags are sold across the world

The Kipling Travel Collection is a fusion of practical and functional features with modern casual styles and colours. No matter where you are going—a long trip, a quick overnight stay or an outdoor vacation, Kipling has just the right travel bag for you.

Both the Scoot (#1) and the Hudson (#2) are semi-soft, made of nylon and water-resistant. They make the perfect travelling companions as they are lightweight, have many compartments and are good for packing in anything from two-to-five days worth of travel essentials.

Kipling luggage available at: Kipling 1/2/3 Khar Poonam Coop. Society, Opp. Ghanasingh Jewellers, Linking Road Khar (W), Mumbai;
Kipling, C-13, Galleria Leela, Leela Palace, Airport Road, Bangalore; and Kipling, UGF-18, West Gate Mall, Shivaji Palace, District Centre Shopping Mall, Raja Garden, New Delhi

Price: Rs 7,000-10,000

Platinum -Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton luggage has been a symbol of royalty, grace and elegance from the middle of the 19th century

1. The semi-soft monogrammed Pegasus from Louis Vuitton is a timeless classic that has been the smart and stylish travellers’ companion through the ages. Whether you’re going away for a week or a weekend, it would be sacrilege to leave this beautiful piece of luggage behind.

2. The sophisticated LV Keepall belongs to the Multicolor Collection, designed by Takashi Murakami, who combined 23 funky colours with natural cowhide trim and golden metal hardware for a magnificent effect. Perfect for an overnight trip, this bag has a rather large fan-following among women.

Louis Vuitton luggage available at:
Louis Vuitton, Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Colaba, Mumbai; Louis Vuitton, The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Husain Road, New Delhi; and Louis Vuitton, UB City, Bangalore Price: Rs 60,000 onwards

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