FINDING A GOOD PIECE of luggage is like finding the perfect coat — it has to tick some considerable style boxes, but it also has to have that form factor, enduring whatever you might throw its way. And in 2023, luggage has become more than just an afterthought but rather a stylish accessory for the savvy traveller.
Luggage can also make or break your holiday — be it a local getaway or a trip abroad, no one wants to deal with broken wheels, insufficient packing space and bulky looks — so considering all your luggage options ahead of your next trip is paramount.
Breaking down the best carry-on luggage right now, Esquire highlights the must-have pieces making waves in the travel industry.
THE STYLISH PICK
Rimowa Essential Cabin
If you’re one for design and craftsmanship, then there’s no doubt owning a Rimowa luggage piece would be on your list of must-haves. The German outfitter is renowned for designing stylish travel essentials, such as this carry-on staple in a new Cedar Brown colour way. The “Essential Cabin” was the first polycarbonate suitcase to dominate airline overhead compartments thanks to its strong, durable yet lightweight characteristics. It’s the ultimate travel companion and one you’ll own for years to come. Pair it with Rimowa’s new ‘Never Still‘ backpack for guaranteed steez.
THE STEALTH PICK
AIDAN the Signature Series “S” Plus Case
If you hadn’t noticed the new kid on the block, AIDAN luggage, take heed. Designed in New York City, beyond its apparent good looks — it’s exactly the type of luggage you’d imagine Bruce Wayne to carry — AIDAN features a patented push-and-release braking system and zipless, TSA approved locking mechanism, meaning no fuss during your travels. AIDAN also offers a lifetime warranty on all of its luggage, so you can travel with ease, no matter your surroundings.
THE MODERN PICK
AWAY The Carry On
A lightweight carry-on that’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Made from a durable polycarbonate hard shell, AWAY’s luggage can take a beating. The 360° spinner wheels are a game changer, and probably the smoothest in the business – you’ll notice the difference! Sleek, stylish and modern.
THE MINIMALIST PICK
JULY Carry On
The signature case that kickstarted the craze for JULY luggage… and for good reason. This carry on is easily one of the best designed luggage pieces on the market. Tried and tested, JULY hit the mark with everything from its ergonomics to its modern tech to its overall style – no detail has been left overlooked when designing its award-winning Carry On. The best part? The in-built charger, so you can charge your phone on the go.
THE CLASSIC PICK
Samsonite Lite-Cube DLX
For years, Samsonite has been top of mind for the savvy traveller thanks to a reputation as one of the best (and oldest) luggage brands in the world. This modern and stylish carry on is the perfect example of what Samsonite do best – combine design with function. The luxurious design of the Lite-Cube DLX is aimed for the sophisticated traveller, with features like a metallised aluminium exterior and refined leather stitching detail that resists scratches.
THE LUXE PICK
Louis Vuitton Horizon 55
Touted as the “future of luxurious rolling luggage”, this Marc Newson-designed cabin luggage piece by Louis Vuitton is the ultimate travel accessory. Featuring the famed Damier Ebène canvas, you’ll turn heads (for all the right reasons) rolling around with this innovative travel essential.