ANYONE who thinks a small trolley case is suitable hand luggage for a weekend away or a business trip is suffering a failure of imagination. The only thing in an airport less stylish than a Ryanair boarding queue is a businessman wheeling around a tiny overnight case – at least pick it up, you weed.
Alternatively, recognise the fact that beautiful holdalls and cary-on bags, made in fine leathers, represent an English tradition that’s at the epicentre of classy traveling. The latest line from Mayfair luxury store William & Son is a case in point – we particularly like the roomy holdall in striking yellow leather pictured far right.
London’s legendary artisan leather business Tanner Krolle, meanwhile, has opened a terribly smart new shop in Shepherd Market, where you’ll find its sublime 1950s-style carry-on bag.
Or for those who fancy a glamorous motoring trip, the dapper new accessories range from sportscar company Lotus includes a holdall for only the smartest car boots.
1 Explorer Grip bag by Dunhill, £995, www.dunhill.com
2 The Sportsman carry-on bag by Tanner Krolle, £2,900, www.tannerkrolle.com
3 Jensen holdall by Bill Amberg, £395, www.billamberg.com
4 Brown leather Boston bag by Lotus Originals, £1,090, www.lotusoriginals.com
5 Yellow leather holdall by William & Son, £1,250, www.williamandson.com
6 Soho bag in tan pebble calf by Aspinal of London, £225, www.aspinaloflondon.com