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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, Kohls.com
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, Amazon.com
Green suitcase
Inner organizers make this smooth-riding bag from the ever-orderly Swiss particularly all-purpose.

Victorinox, $330, Macys.com
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, OrlaKiely.com
Titan suitcase
This made-to-last polycarbonate suitcase has lots of extras: built-in combination lock, garment bag, dividers, and lifetime warranty.

Titan, $680, TitanLuggageUSA.com 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.

$695, Tumi.com
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