Vintage luggage is my current obsession. I love the idea of using a piece of luggage whilst you are traveling and making new adventures, and knowing that, once upon a time, someone else may have done exactly the same. Who knows what adventures your luggage may have had, what sights it might have seen, which airports it might have traveled through. The whole idea of vintage suitcases and vanity cases are that they bring a touch of romance to your travels.
The great news is that it is relatively easy, and fairly cheap to pick up vintage luggage. Junk and antique shops, vintage fairs, and even charity shops seem to have these on a fairly regular basis. You need to look carefully for damage – often the linings may not be in such good condition, and you need to look carefully at the fastenings to ensure that the case actually does fasten and is secure. (Don’t wait until your smalls are all over the carousel before deciding that, actually, the fasteners are not as secure as maybe they need to be.) But other signs of wear and tear are part of the charm, a sign your suitcase has been on some adventures. I spotted some amazing suitcases on a recent trip to Wales at a great store called Pieces for Places and was lucky that the hubby treated me to the blue one as an Easter gift. It now takes pride of place on top of my wardrobe – you don’t necessarily need to use your case to travel, it could be for decoration or storage in the home.
If you love vintage luggage but don’t like the idea of using something that is second hand, the good news is that you can find great design which gives more than a nod to vintage ideas and style. Betty Hemmings Leather Luggage is a great example of beautiful pieces that evoke the golden age of travel but are totally modern and new. These are not nylon style zip suitcases, or those ultra lightweight designs, but traditional style suitcases and vanity cases with leather corners and straps as well as combination locks. This is luggage that looks like it could tell a story or two, and would be perfect to get you that upgrade at the airport.
When it comes to luggage, what style do you prefer?