If you want to look elegant and sophisticated while traveling without giving up the perks you get with modern luggage, why not select one of the many vintage inspired luggage sets that are popping up these days?
You don’t have to give up any of the features that modern luggage sports but you can aim for the air of romance that these sets bring. They might just help you forget what an absolute nightmare travel can be these days, what with crowded airports and train stations, overpriced and mediocre food and long lines through security.
There are a surprisingly good number of options for retro luggage available now. We reviewed 7 beautiful vintage luggage sets that we’re absolutely sure you will fall head over heels for, so why not take a look! If retro is not the look you’re after, we have a few other stylish luggage options that are quite unique in their look.
- 1 Delsey Luggage Chatelet
- 2 Merax Travelhouse 2 Piece ABS Luggage Set Vintage Suitcase
- 3 MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage
- 4 Uniwalker Women Vintage Suitcase 20″-26″ Trolley Luggage Sets
- 5 London Fog Retro Expandable Hardside Spinners
- 6 Ambassador Luggage Antique Fashion Polycarbonate Spinner Suitcases
- 7 Bric’s Bellagio and Bellagio Metallo Spinner Trunk Luggage
- 8 The Evolution of Luggage
Delsey Luggage Chatelet
For a variety of pieces of luggage from a well known luggage brand and an elegant look to boot, consider the Delsey Luggage Chatelet collection. The suitcases are all spinners, but you have a choice of soft-shelled or hard-shelled pieces. The latter are made of 100% Virgin Polycarbonate, while the former are made of polyester with teflon coating. The interior is completely lined with a luxurious red lining. The retro styling comes from the faux leather accents and top and side carry handles.
They feature a TSA key with combination lock dual zippered opening to the main compartment – clam shell for the hardsided and book style top lid for the soft. The softsided pieces are expandable by the pull of another zipper for extra packing space. All the wheeled pieces feature dual spinners and two-stage telescopic handles. To prevent the bags from rolling away on sloping ground, there’s a brake mechanism for the front wheels that you engage or release via two buttons built into the cases just under the telescopic handle.
The spinners feature two zippered dividers to separate the packing space – one for each side. One divider holds two zippered pockets, while the other divider holds one large mesh zippered pocket. There are two removal bags for shoes and laundry, a hanger with clip for a suit and tie down straps. The soft spinners have an exterior front zippered pocket for easy access to a newspaper or light jacket. This amount of organization, especially in hardsided suitcases is quite rare and something that existing customers love. They also love that the hardsided pieces don’t get scuffed easily.
The Châtelet collection also features a soft 2-wheeled underseat tote bag and a ladies shoulder tote bag that both feature a large front pocket and rear piggyback band, which allows you to slip the bag over the handles of your spinner luggage and also doubles as a second exterior pocket when not in use. The interior of the wheeled tote features tie down straps and a padded laptop sleeve, while the shoulder tote features a zippered pocket and organizational features, including a key clip.
Merax Travelhouse 2 Piece ABS Luggage Set Vintage Suitcase
The Merax Travelhouse 2 Piece Vintage Suitcase Luggage Set is beautiful and priced for the value-minded shopper, so if the line above is beyond your budget and you’re looking for a two piece set of wheeled suitcases, then consider this one. Though the pieces are in the retro trunk style, there are modern features to ensure practicality and convenience.
• There are 3 color combinations to choose from: blue with rose trim, carmine pink with ivory trim, and purple with ivory trim.
• The hardside spinners are made of light, flexible and durable ABS with the four corners protected by riveted shells.
• The telescopic handle is made of strong aluminum with an ergonomic push button for extending and retracting. Top and side handles allow for easy lifting.
• These Merax Travelhouse spinners have 4 silent and smooth rolling wheels that can handle cobblestone streets and airports equally well.
• The cases open via zippers with heads that lock into an in-built TSA-approved 3 dial combination lock.
• The interior space is divided into two by a full sized U-shaped zippered opaque panel on the inside of the upper lid. The bottom lid also has compression straps and a long zippered pocket along one edge of the case.
• The smaller suitcase nests into the larger for easy storage.
– Medium Suitcase: 24 x 17 x 10 inches; weight: 9.4 lbs.
– Small Suitcase: 20 x 13 x 9 inches; weight: 7.1 lbs.
The drawback of this set is that you can’t use separate luggage locks if you don’t like the dial combination lock.
MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage
A classic vintage inspired set, this MOIERG spinner luggage comes in several beautiful colors with contrasting trim. With a superb trunk design that’s beyond gorgeous, these pieces are must-haves for every fashionista that wants to always look her best. You can choose from three different sizes.
• The trolley luggage is made of high-quality PU material that is waterproof and lightweight.
• The spinner wheels allow you to easily glide the unit in any direction.
• A dual TSA key lock secures the suitcase instead of zippers, so no one with a ball point pen can tamper with the pieces. The two belt buckle straps are real, so they deter anyone wanting to quickly open up the suitcases to steal things.
• The expandable handle can be locked to the desired height.
• The two-clip divider panel inside also features a full length mesh zippered compartment mesh zippered pocket, giving you extra space to store your essentials and separating the two halves of the case to allow for better organization.
• The inside of the lid features an open top elasticated pocket.
• Dimensions of the small suitcase: 12.20 x 20.50 x 7.50 inches; weight: 8.8 lbs.
Dimensions of the medium suitcase: 13 x 22.40 x 7.50 inches; weight: 9.2 lbs.
Dimensions of the large suitcase: 14.20 x 26.40 x 9 inches; weight: 10.6 lbs.
Watch out for the sizes – a few customers say that they run small so you may want to order a larger size.
Uniwalker Women Vintage Suitcase 20″-26″ Trolley Luggage Sets
A fabulous vintage-inspired design – that’s what the Uniwalker Women Vintage Suitcase 20″-26″ Trolley Luggage Sets are all about. Best of all, you get to choose whether you want a single spinner upright and a handcase or whether you want just a spinner. The spinners come in 4 sizes – 20″, 22″, 24″ and 26″, and the handcase is 12″ long.
Their original trunk design has an authentic feel that makes them particularly stylish, featuring a lightweight but solid body that can successfully withstand wear and tear.
• Both pieces of the set are made of PU leather in a choice of several colors with hand crafted stitching. The contrasting accents include the parallel straps going around each piece and the corner bumper guards. Some of the pieces also feature a few authentic-looking patches.
• The suitcases are equipped with a 4 multidirectional spinner wheels that are designed to produce very little noise when being rolled.
• The hand case has a 3-dial lock system that allows you to secure the contents of the bag with a passcode of your choice, so nobody but you has access to your stuff. Some of the spinners has two similar 3-dial locks, while others have two TSA key locks that TSA agents can unlock for security checks. The buckled straps that go around the cases do not buckle close but have a snap button on each to secure after you lock each case. Zippers are eliminated so no one can tamper with the pieces through the use of a pen. This really enhances the authentic vintage look. Here is a list of our other favorite zipperless spinner suitcases.
• The push button telescopic handle extends and locks into 2 height settings.
• The hand case features a top grab handle wrapped in PU leather and the spinners all come with a top and side grab handle. The other long end features metal knob feet so that you can set them down horizontally without getting them dirty.
• A detachable and adjustable add-a-bag strap on the hand case lets you easily piggy-back that on top of the spinner suitcase. You can lengthen it so that it becomes a shoulder strap for you to tote around as well.
• Dimensions of the hand case: 12″x 4.6″x 8″.
Dimensions of the spinners: 20 Inch: 21.85″ * 12.99″ * 7.68″
22 Inch: 22.83″ * 13.39″ * 8.07″
24 Inch: 25.98″ * 14.17″ * 8.27″
26 Inch: 27.95″ * 15.35″ * 8.66″
• The inside of top lid of both bags features a large zippered mesh pocket, while the spinner also features a detachable two-clip divider panel to separate the interior into two compartments. This panel holds two zippered mesh pockets and the entire piece can be removed and hung up in your hotel closet. Store your accessories or toiletries here. When you open the lids of the cases, two side gussets keep them from falling backwards.
One aspect we don’t like is that the pieces aren’t very spacious, so you may need extra bags if you’re going on a long-term trip.
London Fog Retro Expandable Hardside Spinners
If you’ve heard of London Fog, then you certainly know just how fashionable all of the designs are and the Retro 3-piece expandable hardside luggage set makes no exception. Sporting a lovely black trunk design with tan accents or navy with brown accents, and gold-toned hardware, this luggage collection of 3 spinners is an absolute delight!
• The spinners have hardside shells that are made of ABS with faux leather trim, protective corner guards, and the signature London Fog plaid lining. Double zippers are using for closing them clam style.
• The aluminum recessed handle of the spinners is telescopic and can be extended to the desired height to enhance maneuvering. The push-button locking mechanism helps lock the handle into place once extended, whilst the ergonomic soft grip makes carrying them around more comfortable.
• The spinners of the Retro set employ a low profile 4-wheel system that fully rotate to any direction, facilitating easy maneuvering in crowded areas and minimizing strain on your arms.
• Top and side handles on the two larger spinners allow you to easily lift a fully-loaded spinner when gliding isn’t possible. The carry on only has the top handle.
• All the bags are expandable by 2 inches by just unzipping the expandable zipper.
• The interior space is divided into two main areas by a zippered divider with a full sized zippered mesh pocket. The lower half also has restraining straps.
– Large Hardside Spinner Suitcase: 28″ x 19″ x 13″; weight: 14 lbs.
– Medium Hardside Spinner Suitcase: 24″ x 16.5″ x 11″; weight: 11 lbs.
– Small Hardside Spinner Suitcase: 20″ x 13.5″ x 9.5″; weight: 7 lbs.
Don’t expect these bags to hold up well if you travel often with them, especially if you check the large bags in. Otherwise, this set is easy to maneuver and looks great.
Ambassador Luggage Antique Fashion Polycarbonate Spinner Suitcases
Bored of just red, brown or navy blue? Then maybe you may want to check out the inspired shades of the Ambassador Antique Fashion Spinner Suitcases, which come in the most gorgeous shades like this burgundy with cream trim. With a classic trunk design and contrasting cream straps, this luggage set is durable, fashionable, and spacious enough to accommodate every woman’s needs. The other available colors are lavender, indigo and pink.
• The cases are made of quality German made Bayer PC featuring reinforced corners and leather straps that are resistant to wear and excessive use.
• The aluminum handles of the suitcases are extendable and can be easily locked in place. The handle grips are of ABS, as are the 4 spinner wheels.
• The suitcases have TSA-approved latch locks that provide the highest level of security to all of your items, while the dual wrap around straps fasten with magnetic buttons.
• All the bags have an organizer pocket on the inside of the lid.
• The two suitcases have restraining straps on one side of the interior, while the other side features a zippered divider holding two zipped mesh pockets and a side accessories pocket.
• The two suitcases have a top and side handle each.
– Small suitcase: 25 x 18 x 10.6 inches.
– Large suitcase: 20 x 15 x 9.4 inches.
Bric’s Bellagio and Bellagio Metallo Spinner Trunk Luggage
For the ultimate in luxury with retro style combined with modern technology, the Bric’s Bellagio 2.0 and Bellagio Metallo 2.0 Spinner Trunk Luggage Collections exude sophistication and comes in several colors and 4 sizes. The Bellagio 2.0 collection is all about uniting heritage with technology, while the Bellagio Metallo 2.0 collection takes it one step further with a metallic finish and zipperless locking.
• The cases are made of a 100% Makrolon polycarbonate shell with aluminum frame for the ultimate in lightness and durability with impact resistance. The reinforced corners, trim and top and side carry handles are all done in top grain Tuscan leather and the interior is lined with satin nylon. The carry on size spinners do not have a side carry handle and all the check size pieces have four “feet” on one long side so you can set them down horizontally without getting them dirty.
• The aluminum handles of the suitcases are extendable to three different heights and the dual spinner wheels are extra large Hinomoto for completely safe ground clearance.
• The suitcases from the Bellagio 2.0 collection feature weatherproof zippers with TSA-approved combination locks that can also be use with a key. The Metallo line is zipperless and instead uses two clasp locks with TSA-approved combination dials with key.
• All the bags have two herringbone patterned divider panels on the inside to divide the space and keep everything tidy. One panel is a u-shaped zippered one with a full length zippered mesh pocket on the outside, and the other panel closes via adjustable straps on the two outer corners. It is meant to help compress the clothes on that side of the compartment. This panel has a full zippered opaque pocket on the outside along with an address tag pocket in leather.
• For added protection during storage and checking in for flights, the Metallo spinners come with transparent covers, while you can purchase separate covers for the classic Bellagio pieces.
• The Bellagio 2.0 has a second carry on option that you might prefer to the classic carry on. This second one includes a front business organizer pocket with pockets for a laptop, iPad and plain notebook. This pocket is hinged at the bottom with double zippers to flip it open from the top.
• Bellagio 2.0 Dimensions:
– International Carry on suitcase: 21″ (H) x 14″ (W) x 8″ (D). Weighs 5.7 lbs.
– Business Spinner Carry on suitcase: 21″ (H) x 14.5″ (W) x 8″ (D). Weighs 7.7 lbs.
– Small checked suitcase: 27″ (H) x 19″ (W) x 10.5″ (D). Weighs 8.8 lbs.
– Medium checked suitcase: 30″ (H) x 21″ (W) x 11.5″ (D). Weighs 10 lbs.
– Large checked suitcase: 32″ (H) x 22″ (W) x 12″ (D). Weighs 10.7 lbs.
• Bellagio Metallo 2.0 Dimensions:
– International Carry on suitcase: 21″ (H) x 14″ (W) x 9″ (D). Weighs 5.7 lbs.
– Small checked suitcase: 27″ (H) x 19″ (W) x 11″ (D). Weighs 11.8 lbs.
– Medium checked suitcase: 30″ (H) x 21″ (W) x 12″ (D). Weighs 13.5 lbs.
– Large checked suitcase: 32″ (H) x 22″ (W) x 12″ (D). Weighs 14 lbs.
Special Mention: If you’re only looking for a carry on piece in the vintage style, consider the popular Rockland Stage Coach 20 inch Trunk. Also take a look at our review of the Delsey Chatelet Collection, which has several pieces that were inspired by vintage designs but has all the conveniences of modern luggage.
The Evolution of LuggageEarly leisure travel in Europe was done by the elite using grand tours and they used leather bound wooden trunks. Commercial leisure travel between the US and Europe first started in the early 1900s with only the wealthy being able to take vacations to far away lands. They would take a cruise across the Atlantic on a steam liner and pack their things in anticipation of being away for at least many months.
Ocean liner travel was served by large and heavy wooden trunks that only servants could load onto and get off the ship. Louis Vuitton made a name for itself in the luggage space by catering to wealthy travelers looking for a good status symbol and the large steamer trunk pictured to the right was one of its earliest.
By the 1920s more people could afford to travel, especially by train. But there were fewer who used servants to lug heavy trunks and most of the luggage would have to go under the seat, so cases became lighter and smaller and were often made of cowhide. For those who couldn’t afford status symbol luggage with recognizable prints, travel stickers were the obvious way to pretty up the cases.
By the 1940s, traveling for long trips with multiple cases for various accessories became the norm. Men had their grooming kits and women had hatboxes, makeup cases and jewelry cases. The 1950s saw these cases being made by more and more brands.
The 1960s saw Samsonite lead the charge in innovations but other luggage makers also contributed to new features like colorful hard shells and combination locks.
The addition of wheels on luggage was a late innovation. Prior to that, air passengers needed an easy way to transport their luggage as air travel replaced train travel as the mode of choice. They used wheeled luggage carts to wheel their existing trunks. Bernard Sadow applied for the first patent in 1970 on 4 wheeled cases that you roll along flat alongside you with the aid of a strap, and Macy’s was the first to sell them. An airline pilot named Robert Plath came up with the Rollaboard that featured two wheels and a long rigid handle to pull the case behind him. He got fellow flight crew members to use it and that was the perfect marketing needed to take it to the masses. He was the guy to start Travelpro.
That was the end of vintage luggage and future innovations were mostly small until the 21st century smart luggage that now comes with things like a built-in charger and battery for your electronic devices, a built-in luggage scale to help you avoid overweight bags, and GPS and Bluetooth enabled luggage trackign system to help with finding lost luggage.
Remember that many vintage inspired luggage sets won’t have as many handy pockets as standard ones, specifically if they have a trunk design. However, if that’s not a concern, we think these designs will never go out of style and they will give you the opportunity to look stylish at all times!