The ultimate trunks, totes, cases and carryalls

Special features abound in these bags for high fliers – from brilliantly conceived compartments and built-in sensor technology to superlative leather and bespoke hand-painted details

LONB’s travel-friendly bags range from totes to those big enough to fly away with on a five-day holiday
LONB’s travel-friendly bags range from totes to those big enough to fly away with on a five-day holiday

LONB’s beautifully made travel-friendly bags range from totes to bags big enough to take on a three- to five-day holiday. Intrinsic to the collection, made in fine ateliers in Italy, is The Runaway (from £880) – a brilliantly conceived clutch bag for women (the men’s version is slightly simplified and described as a portfolio) with a flip lock system that allows it – when unfolded – to be snapped into any of the brand’s luggage pieces, including, for women, the Sergeant (from £1,680) and Merci La Vie, in two sizes and a variety of materials, including buffalo skin (from £1,580) in dark cherry. For men there’s a collection including the “overnight briefcase” Le Petit Voyage (from £1,850), and the gorgeous Rider backpack (£2,480) in myriad options including classic tan calfskin or slightly rock ’n’ roll black suede (£2,050). 59 South Audley Street, London W1 (020-3598 7950; lonb.com). LUCIA VAN DER POST

Gladstone London’s luggage captures some of the romance of early-20th-century travel
Gladstone London’s luggage captures some of the romance of early-20th-century travel
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When craftsman John O’Sullivan established Gladstone London, he wanted to revive some of the styles and construction techniques of London-made luggage from the 1920s – substantial, with the panels sewn edge-to-edge so that the seams created a rigid, boxy effect (the kind of bags that didn’t need to take into account the logistics of economy air travel). This is the perfect luggage for going on the road with, and captures some of the romance of early-20th-century travel – they’re definitely not pieces to part with on a conveyor belt at check-in. The leathers are all cut by hand ­– softer versions of the luggage are made in Italy, while the harder (usually one-off pieces) are made using original 1920s techniques. 11 Shepherd Market, London W1 (020-7493 0664; gladstonelondon.com). MARK C O’FLAHERTY

Each Paravel travel bag is hand-stitched in a Florentine atelier
Each Paravel travel bag is hand-stitched in a Florentine atelier
The Rapport jewellery trunk, from £5,000, has tiered drawers and compartments that can be designed to serve a host of functions on the road
The Rapport jewellery trunk, from £5,000, has tiered drawers and compartments that can be designed to serve a host of functions on the road

Paravel was conceived as a collection of travel bags built to withstand the overhead locker, the beaten path and everything in between. They use cotton canvas or linen canvas from luxury Italian mills and leathers sourced from Tuscan tanneries, with each bag hand-stitched in a Florentine atelier before being treated to repel stains and withstand wear and tear. Sizes vary to include large Grand Tour bags (from $365) for longer trips, the bijou and bestselling Stowaway (from $325), which folds flat for storage, and Crossbody Capsules (from $265) – chic little shoulder bags for nipping around town. The Evertote carryall (from $185), with its matching pouch, is elegant and practical, and has a discreet compartment for phones and wallets. These bags are thoughtfully designed by people who frequently travel; pockets are plentiful, handles are durable and each bag is lightweight. tourparavel.comCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

Connolly leather tote bag, £1,100, and holdall, £1,500
Connolly leather tote bag, £1,100, and holdall, £1,500
Raden’s wheeled A22, from £250, has an inbuilt rechargeable battery to help power your portable devices on the go
Raden’s wheeled A22, from £250, has an inbuilt rechargeable battery to help power your portable devices on the go

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, jewellery and a collection of precious enamel boxes. 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. Henry Wood House, 2 Riding House Street, London W1 (07768-095 757; rapportlondon.com). MING LIU 

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Ever since Connolly reopened on Mayfair’s Clifford Street, existing and new customers alike have been wondering how the collection would evolve. Leather was the company’s heritage, having supplied car interiors to everyone from Ferrari to Rolls-Royce, so it was particularly intriguing to see how this range developed. New bags in sumptuous mushroom-coloured nubuck show that combining a knowledge of fine construction with a soft, European sensibility can be highly effective. The holdall (from £1,400), sized to be taken on a plane as hand luggage, has a single internal pocket and straps to keep overnight clothing in place and lovely palladium hardware in the shape of rivets, reflecting Connolly’s driving heritage. The tote bag (from £1,000), which also has the palladium hardware, is a most striking piece, largely because it is unlined and unstructured – giving the fullest demonstration of that beautiful leather. It folds down into nothing, with two long, practical handles and a couple of useful internal pockets (one zipped). Both these styles also come in a blue leather (tote bag, £1,100; holdall, £1,500). 4 Clifford Street, London W1 (020-7952 6708; connollyengland.com). SIMON CROMPTON

Suitcases are going places: the trend now is for luggage with built-in technology. The handsome wheeled A22 (from £250) from New York startup Raden is a 56cm x 35cm x 23cm carry-on made to a very high standard from a high-gloss polycarbonate called Makrolon. It has an inbuilt rechargeable battery powering two USB ports to charge your portable devices on the go; proximity sensors to locate it in busy terminals; and a built-in weight sensor to tell you, via the inevitable smartphone app, when it is approaching weight limits. One wonders why you would want a proximity sensor, because if a carry-on bag is not close by, you already have a problem. The technology may be more useful for alerting when the larger hold version – the A28 – is on its way down the belt. The scale of the A22 is a great asset, though, as some airlines are getting quite fussy about the size, not just the weight, of cabin baggage. selfridges.com. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

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