Brummell Briefing: Travel bags

We pick the best new options for your perfect travel companion - wherever in the world you're headed

Style 13 Mar 2018

Gucci Night Courrier soft GG Supreme carry-on duffle; £2,690
Troubadour Fabric and Leather Weekender; £525
Jimmy Choo Lee Bag; £1495
Globe-Trotter Cruise 20” Trolley Case, £1,260
Paul Smith Men’s Black Leather ‘City Webbing’ Holdall; £625

Gucci Night Courrier soft GG Supreme carry-on duffle

Gucci is renowned for eclectic, modern design combined with fine Italian craftsmanship, and the romanticism of travel is a key source of inspiration for its collections. The Supreme carry-on duffle bag features the iconic GG motif, and showcases the house’s meticulous attention to detail, with a mix of contemporary embroidery including a UFO and tiger head appliqués as well as vintage-inspired details including airmail trims and a vintage Gucci logo from the archives.

Every appliqué is applied individually by hand to each piece by specialist artisans, ensuring no two bags are the same, giving each item a one-of-a-kind appearance. In addition to the bag’s unique exterior, its interior zip and smartphone pockets, as well as its detachable and adjustable nylon shoulder strap and cotton linen lining (available in black or beige) make it a stylish yet practical travel companion for journeys near and far.


Troubadour Fabric and Leather Weekender

Having spent years searching for an overnight bag that could transition effortlessly between business trips and weekends with friends, Samuel Bail and Abel Samet founded Troubadour to create their ideal travel bag. Characterised by craftsmanship, style and durability, the Weekender is roomy enough to pack for a few days away, with a clever interior design comprising a main external pocket with elegant window construction, and two additional pockets to provide easy access to items while on the move. The internal elasticated pockets with suede trim are ideal for an iPad and other gadgetry, while the internal zip pocket keeps small items safe. Available in black, navy or khaki, it can be carried by the handles or over the shoulder using the detachable strap.


Jimmy Choo Lee Bag

Jimmy Choo may be best known for its statement shoe designs, but its line of men’s accessories, launched by creative director Sandra Choi five years ago, merges formal and relaxed dress codes to complement smart and casual attire. The design of the versatile Lee L messenger bag was inspired by a photograph of Choi’s Grandpa Li, who carried a vintage version of the bag when he worked for the Hong Kong Post Office. Made in light mocha suede and black grainy leather, it’s just as practical as it is stylish, featuring a large main compartment, a flap closure with two buckle fastenings and multiple zipped pockets. Whether using it for work or on a weekend, the satchel-style bag can be worn with a suit or with jeans.


Globe-Trotter Cruise 20” Trolley Case

Globe-Trotter has been synonymous with luxury luggage since it was established in 1897 by David Nelken in Saxony, Germany, before it moved to the UK in 1932. The brand’s illustrious list of clients includes Winston Churchill and HM Queen Elizabeth II, and it has also appeared on the silver screen, most recently as James Bond’s luggage of choice in ‘Spectre’. Each luggage case is handcrafted in Hertfordshire, England, by highly skilled artisans using original manufacturing methods dating back to the Victorian era, and its strong yet lightweight construction makes it a chic yet practical companion for adventurous travels. Reminiscent of setting sail on a classic steamliner, the elegant Cruise Trolley Case features a bright blue Vulcan Fibre outer with contrasting navy leather handles, corners and straps, and the crisp, pinstripe lining completes the nautical look.


Paul Smith Men’s Black Leather ‘City Webbing’ Holdall

Since Paul Smith opened his first shop in Nottingham in the early 1970s, he’s become renowned for adding a quirky twist to classic style, and his accessories are a great way to add colour and flair to otherwise dreary workwear. Playful yet professional, the ‘City Webbing’ holdall is ideal for business travel, containing a zip-fastening pocket, a large padded slip pocket designed to hold a 13″ laptop, as well as four small slip pockets to keep valuables safe. Made from black pebble embossed leather with a multi-stripe webbing trim, the bag is lined in black cotton twill fabric, and features two carry handles, a removable, adjustable shoulder strap and stud-protected base. Smart and stylish it can easily be carried from the office to the airport, to meetings and back.