The 10 Best Retro Luggage
This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in May of 2016. Whether its a bout of nostalgia or an aesthetic preference that has you searching for retro luggage, here you'll find our favorite picks. While some are ruggedly built to withstand the abuse that checked suitcases are subjected to during air travel, other models and sets require more delicate treatment, serving better as vintage carry-on baggage or even as home decor and storage units. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best retro luggage on Amazon.
Globe-Trotter Luggage This German-founded, UK-based company has been around for over a century, and in that time has been sported by the likes of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill. With a huge array of luxury luggage options, many of which sport vintage-inspired designs, it's likely you'll find something you're interested in — although the price is very likely to dissuade you. globe-trotter.com
Paravel Stowaway This one features a collapsible interior that allows it to flatten out for storage purposes. The company is known for the quality of their products, but with this kind of design, you shouldn't expect it to provide the same level of durability as a polycarbonate composite hardside model. Still, at 18" x 6.75" x 13.25", it's plenty small enough to serve as a carry-on bag, so you don't necessarily have to have to check it at the airport. tourparavel.com
August 14, 2019:
On this update, we've been surprised to witness a rapidly-growing increase in the amount of consumers who are looking to buy retro luggage with the intention of using it as home decor. The market is flooded with such items, so much so that very few companies seem to interested in producing luggage that is meant to be used out in the world. Since we know that people looking for retro luggage could be interested in buying it for decoration, we've included a few models that do fit such a purpose on this list. However, none of these units are solely decorative; instead, we've insisted on picking items that — at the bare minimum — can be used for travel without immediately falling apart.
With that said, it's important that you're aware of just how rough airport handlers are when they deal with checked luggage. If you intend on checking bags on a flight during your travels, it would be best to focus on the Brics Bellagio 2.0 (our #1 pick), the London Fog Cambridge Hardside (#2), the 19V69 Italia (#3), or the Delsey Paris Chatelet (#4).
If you're more interested in your luggage's stylishness than its durability, items like the Deco 79 Wood Burlap (#10) or the Vintiquewise Trunk Set (#8) do have their appeal. They can be taken on road trips and double as decor items back at home, which could be just what you're looking for.
Also, consider that some of our choices are carry-on sized, so even if they're a bit less ruggedly-built than others, you'll just be stowing them in the plane's overhead compartment, anyway.