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11 Aug 2011

Guest blog: Top 5 Weekend Luggage by Sarah Bryans at The Luxury Travel Bible 4  

Posted in Guest blog, International travel guide

When you travel as much as The Luxury Travel Bible does, we (and we know you do too) like to depart and arrive in style.  No longer is a bland carry-on acceptable in some of the most stylish hotels and airport lounges and luxury brands are taking note.

After lots of airmiles testing various luggage brands on style, substance, strength and space, The Luxury Travel Bible came up with our Five of the Best Weekend Bags for a luxury weekend break. Bon Voyage!

Five of the Best Weekend Luggage

Tumi Luggage 1.  Tumi

Make a statement with the Tumi luggage which is known for its modern collections and practical and durable features. This American company (named after a Peruvian god) has been producing luggage since 1975 and first became known to efficient travellers for its contemporary design and performance.

Each piece of luggage from this American company comes attached with a unique 20-digit individual product number printed on a metal plate. This number with the owner’s contact details are registered to the Tumi Tracer database. This complimentary service helps reunite owners with their lost or stolen luggage.

The Luxury Travel Bible’s favourite: Stand out in the airport and make a stylish statement with the Limited Edition Tumi Tag International Carry-On.  Each of designs by renowned New York graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos make for very easy spotting on the luggage conveyor belt.

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2. Louis Vuitton

Yes, it is a popular choice but this ‘classic’ luxury luggage is never boring. This iconic leather luggage delicately whispers luxury while screaming style.  The LV brand has been at the forefront of travel since the label was founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton Malletier.

The brand has enlisted the likes of Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Mikhail Gorbachev, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and most recently Angelina Jolie to model the LV monogram luggage – proving that meets the requirements of the A-List.

The Luxury Travel Bible’s favourite: The cabin sized Pégase 45 – make it even more stylish by having your initials hot stamped onto the leather.

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Thomas Lyte3.    Thomas Lyte Luggage

Each Thomas Lyte piece of luggage is highly contemporary with stylish design while retaining traditional craftsmanship. Established in 2007 on the principles of ‘Heritage’, ‘Englishness’, ‘Art’, ‘Ethical’ and ‘Modern’, all of the beautifully crafted leather products are manufactured in the UK.

The company takes its name from Thomas Lyte, a historian and genealogist who presented King James I with a lineage tracing his ancestry, thus securing his position on the Throne. As a reward Lyte was given a gold locket encrusted with rose-cut diamonds – the first to be cut in such a way, allowing them to sparkle.  Many say this is symbolic as the ‘Birth of Luxury’. Thomas Lyte founder, Kevin Baker named his company in 2007 after him to begin a ‘Rebirth of Luxury’.

The Luxury Travel Bible also admires the company’s commitment to giving back through luxury. 10% from all profits are donated to The Thomas Lyte Foundation which provide support and encouragement to aspiring English artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Luxury Travel Bible’s favourite: The soft leather Albemarle Cognac Breuninger Overnight Bag is suitable for an overnight stay or a flight bag. We love the lined interior with purple silk featuring the Lyte flower stream.

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4.  Mulberry

Luxury lovers have been fans of this classic British brand long before it was recently brought back into the forefront of fashion by television presenter and fashionista Alexa Chung with the launch of the Alexa bag.  The company, which started in Somerset (where the headquarters are still located), is celebrating its 40th Birthday this year. From humble beginnings it quickly rose to the top of the luxury list.

The Mulberry collection of travel luggage ranges from classic and conservative brown and black leathers to leopard prints for a more glamourous girly trip and their range of travel accessories, which include iPad sleeves, document folders and passport covers, all work together perfectly to organize and make travel just that little easier.

The Luxury Travel Bible’s favourite: The Black-Cognac Scotchgrain Small Case is built to withstand years of travel but has the style you expect from Mulberry to walk right into any first class lounge. We love the classic Mulberry Tree fabric lined interior.

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5.   Bottega Veneta

Italian company, Bottega Veneta is known for their artisan leather goods and signature leather-weaving technique called ‘intrecciato’. The group was founded in 1966 and is now owned by the Gucci Group. The group has grown to include high-end jewellery, fragrance, eyewear, furniture, shoes but it is their leather luggage goods which get luxury travellers excited.

The Luxury Travel Bible’s favourite:  The Vermillon Intrecciato VN Trolley may be a little pricey at over £3,000 but is an investment for any luxury traveller and in remarkably spacious for a weekend getaway.

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By Sarah Bryans, Features Editor of The Luxury Travel Bible. For more great travel ideas visit

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  • August 11, 2011 Emma Rooney

    You forgot to mention Maxwell Scott – beautifully handcrafted leather luggage and accessories – have a look at their website They made me a bespoke suit carrier, then I just had to have matching holdalls and my love affair with them began!

  • August 16, 2011 Sinje Lesemann

    These are all amazingly beautiful and definitely a great selection but I think you should also check out KOZA’s Rajani Travel Tote for its practical beauty and clever details

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  • September 19, 2011 Kate

    I love Mulberry range, the classic design is timeless. I’ve never heard of Tumi but their luggage bags look great for luxury travel!

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