Luggage can sometimes be like an old boyfriend: tired, worn out and no longer suited to you. Or it can be like a new one: exciting, flashy and seemingly custom fit. Max MacDonald reviews the latest so you can travel in style this summer.
The Hollywood case
Gays might recognize this Rimowa case from placements in The Matrix and Jerry Maguire, but the German brand has been around since 1898. The 26-inch multiwheel piece is sleek, versatile and holds a lot of clothes. Best of all, it’s virtually indestructible. No matter how much an angry baggage handler throws it around, the suitcase and your contents will be just fine. $1,100. Available at Taschen, 162 Cumberland St. taschen.ca
The executive flyer
Bay St boys love Tumi, considered the suitcase for discerning business travellers. The brand takes its name from a Peruvian deity, and you’ll feel like a god pulling one. With room for three to five suits, this model turns the classic garment bag into a handy wheeled case. There’s a bit of an art to packing it, but the staff at Harry Rosen will be happy to help. $695. Available at Harry Rosen, 82 Bloor St W. harryrosen.com
The rockin’ carry-on
This leather and canvas number from Montreal’s Joanel is the perfect piece for brave and efficient packers who can board a jetliner with only a carry-on. There’s just enough room for your essentials — plus a little more. It has an adjustable strap and comes in two colours. $590. Available at joanel.ca.
The stylish duffel
For the overnighter type of guy with a gym bag that doesn’t quite cut it, Toronto designer Philip Sparks’s camel-coloured leather bag for Danier will do the trick. Not only is the leather strong, but it’s gorgeous and durable — and it comes with enough room to pack everything you’ll need for a memorable night. $299. Available at Danier Leather Eaton Centre, 220 Yonge St. danier.com