Luggage We Love
Purple suitcase
Just the right size for business trips, this bag has telescoping handles, wheels, and a subtle geometric design.

Apt. 9, $160,
Lacoste suitcase
A soft but structured duffel, in sporty red and green with one cavernous compartment, can be crammed full—then stowed flat under a bed.

Lacoste, $255, Macy's, 800-622-9748
Polka-dot suitcase
Nimble wheels and a lightweight plastic shell are useful for navigating a crowded airport and protecting packed clothes; a zippered expander adds 25 percent more space.

International Traveller Luggage, $295,
Green suitcase
Inner organizers make this smooth-riding bag from the ever-orderly Swiss particularly all-purpose.

Victorinox, $330,
Orla Kiely suitcase
A whimsical soft vinyl duffel with multiple handles and straps lets you choose the most comfortable way to carry it.

Orla Kiely, $444,
Titan suitcase
This made-to-last polycarbonate suitcase has lots of extras: built-in combination lock, garment bag, dividers, and lifetime warranty.

Titan, $680, for stores
Tumi suitcase
From a brand that built its name on dependable luggage comes this new, wild nylon suitcase that's impossible to miss at baggage claim.

Kate Spade suitcase
This fashionable patent leather case stacks neatly in the trunk. The outer compartment zips securely; inner straps fasten like chic belts to keep clothes in place.

Kate Spade, $795, 800-519-3778
Goyard suitcase
Jet-setters—or those who own their own jet—will be transporting this elegant French luggage covered in the brand's signature handpainted chevron motif.

Goyard, $6,700, 415-398-1110

— Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg