Luggage is getting lost less often, so maybe it's time to upgrade to one of these chic styles.
Reports of lost baggage have hit a record low in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation. So if you have been longing to indulge in more refined luggage, now may be the time to spring for something new.
Whether you check them or carry them on, today’s bags are stylish and high-tech, be they shiny spinners from the model Ines de la Fressange and the French label Lipault, or sleek suitcases from the newcomer Raden with USB ports to charge your smartphone and tablet.
Here, a look at some of the more upscale innovations.
Lipault Paris and Ines de La Fressange Paris: Fressange, a model, writer and the owner of a clothing and home-goods boutique, has teamed up with Lipault for a smart-looking collection of luggage and accessories in the colors of the French flag, including spinners (starting at $201), backpacks ($72 for the XS) and a duffel bag ($95, all out soon at lipault-usa.com).
Louis Vuitton and Marc Newson: The French luxury house collaborated with Newson, an Australian-born industrial designer, on a collection (starting at around $3,100 at us.louisvuitton.com) of rolling leather luggage in saturated hues that call to mind summer in the Mediterranean.
Tumi V3 and 19 Degree: Last year, Tumi introduced its lightest hard-sided collection to date, known as V3 ($425–$625). The 19 Degree collection ($995–$1,395, both at tumi.com) is Tumi’s first aluminum luggage collection (also available in polycarbonate).
Hartmann 7R Collection: Those looking for a little flash will find it in the rolling luggage from this veteran label’s 7R and 7R Master collections (from $650–$1,195 at shop.hartmann.com). Hartmann has been around since 1877 and, like Tumi, was acquired in recent years by Samsonite.
Ebby Rane 12 in 1 Quartermaster: Ebby Rane only makes carry-on luggage, and inside its Quartermaster rolling suitcases ($995 at ebbyrane.com) are 10 separate containers, including a vanity case, jewelry case, cosmetics case, two shoe sleeves, a bath or beach bag, a “knickers” bag, a laundry bag, a tech case, a liquids case and a dust cover. The Quartermaster 12 in 1 also comes with a cognac leather clutch bag.
Raden: This brand, introduced last year, makes high-tech, lightweight suitcases as glossy as hard candy (though you can choose a matte version, if you prefer). Each bag has a handle that doubles as a scale to determine the bag’s weight; proximity sensors that alert you when your case is coming down the luggage carousel; and not one, but two USB ports. The suitcases are available in two sizes ($295 and $395, or $595 for a set at raden.com).
Away: Another relative newcomer, this brand — founded by two former executives at Warby Parker, the eyeglasses company — offers bags that can charge portable devices yet don’t look as if they’re from the year 2025. Those who want to fly under the radar will appreciate the Carry-On ($225) and the Bigger Carry-On ($245, both at awaytravel.com), low-key looking suitcases in subdued neutrals with a USB port.