The modern gentleman loves to travel but every traveling gentleman needs to take a few things with him whether it isa business or a pleasure trip; a romantic weekend in Vienna or a series of meetings in Singapore the gentleman needs to do it practically and stylishly.
Though it might be delightful to have a series of travel trunks and the staff to deal with them that is certainly not practical in today’s world though when commercial travel was new, people took pride in the luggage as well as it was also part of the travel experience. If you stand at an airport carousel you see the same sort of luggage going round and round and occasionally spinning around also is a piece of luggage that stands out, lets talk about some of those.
Lets start with the practical luggage for the Business Gentleman, these days of budget cuts and short haul travel, the business gentleman needs to travel with luggage that fits all the rules and one such bag is the Cabin Size Garment Bag from Gate 8.
They have taken the trouble to make the bag fit all major European and some International airlines Cabin Baggage requirements. Which means less time in queues, no check-in baggage fees and easier times at airports. The PG team like the look and feel of the bag and works for that quick business trip.
For a longer trip a more solid suitcase is preferable and though a lovely leather item would be delightful or indeed a soft case, with the rigours of aircraft holds we think a solid case such as Samsonite’s Cosmolite range, which comes in a range of colours and sizes.
Or alternatively go professional and copy the experts and look for the luggage that airline crews have such as Club Glove or indeed the wide selection of Travel Pro luggage.
Fancy a quick weekend away? Then a holdall is the perfect item for the dashing gentleman. I picked up my one in a Bazaar in North Africa but if you can’t travel to Morocco to pick up a good leather holdall then there are a number of companies that do some wonderful bags that look stylish but are practical and will last. At one end of the scale our great friends at Monsieur London have some lovely bags as well as our new friends Quidam. At the other end of the scale, John Lewis (UK retailer) has somegreat items that would look good on your shoulder. We hope that these give you some ideas but have a look around.
I am always a fan of the vintage look, though sometimes these bags are not as practical nor as sturdy as the modern ones but they look fantastic and if you have the classic car to match or you are on that special trip then a vintage bag might suit the suit that you are purchasing.
There are a number of Vintage Luggage stores in London here and here and I am sure that you find one or two in which ever city you are in but the great source of these is the world of online retailing, Ebay and Etsy. These two have a huge selection and you can find some in your local area. This will add that special something to your journey.
Whatever your needs or travel itinerary there is always a bag to fit and combining practicality with style is essential for the traveling gentleman. Safe Travels!
Next time we will cover how to actually pack that bag, with tips and tricks.