Smart men’s luggage for summer travel

From bespoke fine-leather trunks to devilishly clever suit-carriers

The Paul Stephens Clubsport holdall, £695
The Paul Stephens Clubsport holdall, £695

A chic motoring-inspired holdall

Founded in 1994, Essex-based Porsche specialist Paul Stephens has established an international reputation for restoring classic 911 cars and adding a modern twist to make them practical daily drivers. One of the most recent creations in the firm’s AutoArt line was the Le Mans Classic Clubsport, a 10-car limited edition launched last year to mark a decade of the biennial Le Mans Classic race event. It also inspired the creation of the Paul Stephens Clubsport holdall (£695). Being the owner of an old 911, I’m well aware of the bag-carrying restrictions imposed by the sloping bonnet that covers the rear-engined car’s boot space. However, with soft luggage of suitable dimensions, it is surprising just how much can be loaded aboard, especially if the small back seats are folded into their “cargo platform” configuration. Stephens has designed the Clubsport holdall to be the optimum fit in both locations – and has had the bag crafted in Italy using a combination of high-grade leather and a green, black and white version of the distinctive houndstooth fabric found in the Le Mans Classic Clubsport. The Clubsport holdall measures 56cm x 32cm x 28cm and has a 50-litre carrying capacity. Each one comes with a matching leather shoulder strap and luggage tag. paul-stephens.com. SIMON DE BURTON

Clockwise from left, Troubadour DryFibre leather weekender, £1,319, rucksack, £740, and briefcase, £906
Clockwise from left, Troubadour DryFibre leather weekender, £1,319, rucksack, £740, and briefcase, £906
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The waterproof weekender

This summer, British luggage brand Troubadour launched three items in its DryFibre waterproof leather, which is created by adding wax to its natural tanning solution. For me, it’s all about the classy muted-burgundy colour the line comes in. Troubadour’s logo-free style works brilliantly for the weekender (£1,319), subtly distinguished by a simple tonal difference on the handle and detailing. The range also includes a briefcase (£906) and rucksack (£740), which has a breathable back panel, padded shoulder straps and an internal padded pocket that fits a 15in laptop. troubadourgoods.com. TOM STUBBS

Pliqo foldable suit-carrier, £160
Pliqo foldable suit-carrier, £160
Rapport’s fine-leather range includes a champagne trunk
Rapport’s fine-leather range includes a champagne trunk

An indispensable suit-carrier

Pliqo (£160) is a devilishly clever way of condensing a suit down to ludicrously small proportions. Even when it’s fully loaded, it is not much bigger than a laptop bag. It can then be shoulder-worn or stuffed inside a bigger vessel – such as a backpack. The British-designed product’s secret sauce is a specially made hanger that, once a jacket or shirt is on it, folds horizontally from tip to tip with some help from mini-magnets. Packing a Pliqo is not for ingénues, but there’s a good video guide to get you through. It’s possible to pull off the trick of boarding a midsummer flight from Mykonos in flip-flops, shorts and a T-shirt and getting off at London City in a pretty immaculately suited state. pliqobag.com. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

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The trunk for precious cargo

Known for its exquisitely made watch winders and collector boxes, the British house of Rapport is increasingly making its name in fine-leather goods – namely its bespoke travel trunks (from £5,000), which it can design to serve a host of functions on the road. Past creations to have emerged from Rapport’s Cardiff factory include a trunk designed to hold watches. This tiered design featured stacked shelves and folding doors that opened at angles for display purposes. Materials range from a classic, super-soft Italian grain calfskin to more exotic options such as a crocodile skin treated with a vibrant fluorescent hue. The interiors are typically crafted from suede or the suede-like synthetic Alcantara, while the fixtures are made in Geneva, sourced to meet each client’s specific needs. Each piece is bespoke from start to finish, and delivery takes an average of three months. rapportlondon.comMING LIU

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