By Ben Bowers
on 11.25.09

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Sampsonite, Victorianox, and Tumi, may dominate the luggage market thanks to their practical design and wide swath of retailers, but in our opinion there’s something to be said for packing with style.

As part of Paul Smith’s limited edition Westbourne collection, this Holdall mixes the classic look of Smith’s well known tailoring with the vintage appeal of steamer trunk voyages aboard the world’s great passenger ships. Named after the designer’s flagship ‘Westbourne House’ store in Notting Hill, the bag is covered in a classic Prince of Wales check design featured frequently through the company’s Mainline suiting collection. Rich black leather trim with white top stitching adds class in the details of the bag along with durability and support to vulnerable areas like corners.

Topping it all off are the unique sticker-like prints found on key areas on the holdalls’s sides, and a rich purple interior lining. Modeled after the travel stickers made popular in the 1920s, these images are applied using a unique Trompe l’oeil technique, to ensure that they’re fully integrated with the fabric. Personally they’re a distinguishing mark we appreciate, but realize it may actually be a turn off for others.

Cost: $865