Or go for the real thing. Bentley’s (www.bentleyslondon.com), a specialist shop in Kensington, is an emporium of antique leather, with cases, trunks and bags from bygone gentlemanly brands like Finnegans, Drew & Sons and Vickery. “The turn of the century was the golden age for luggage,” says manager Julian Hardwicke, who recently sold a pair of crocodile skin panniers for carrying on an elephant, made for a Maharaja by Asprey. “The wealthy were really wealthy, and when they travelled they needed a lot of kit, from trunks to small cases, all of it beautifully made.”
You wouldn’t want to chuck an antique case into an aeroplane hold, but for a romantic weekend away in the country – particularly if you’ve got a classic car to load them onto the back of – there’s nothing finer, or more stylish.
Trolley case, £750
Tennyson attache, £2,895 (exclusive to Harrods)