(Article first appeared in http://www.forbes.com/sites/karlaalindahao/2016/04/17/best-suitcases-and-best-travel-bags-2016/#3423ac5a5795 )
Flying, even in first class, takes a toll on your body and mind. So it’s up to you to pack the essentials to have you feeling fresh when you land and you need to make sure that’s stored in luggage that’s secure and stylish.
If you just can’t deal with the lines at check in, check out these bags that will do it for you. Rimowa—the German luggage company renowned for its grooved polycarbonate and aluminum suitcases and cabin trolleys—recently introduced a line of luggage equipped with electronic tags. Users download the Rimowa app on their smartphone and send their luggage data to their bag; a few minutes later, it will display all pertinent information. For now, only Lufthansa is compatible with this technology but expect other carriers to follow suit in the coming months. As for pricing, the digital pieces are only US$75 dollars more expensive than the same bag without the technology.
You can’t always get what you want. But sometimes—if you try—you might find Rolling Stones luggage. In collaboration with The Saatchi Gallery’s EXHIBITIONISM: The Rolling Stones, renowned luggagemaker Globe-Trotter launched a limited-edition collection featuring a nine-inch headphone case (US$1260), a 21-inch trolley (US$2000), and a luggage tag (US$165). All of the pieces are finished in leather, crafted from Globe-Trotters’ vulcanized fiberboard. And, yes, they carry the Stones’ lippy logo.
Chanel is best known for its iconic 2.55 bag in addition to trendier pieces such as the Boy purses. But this year, the maison is rolling out a whole travel collection that will have Chanel aficionados flocking to boutiques worldwide. Highlights include massive carry-on quilted flapbags in metallic silver and black calfskin (for $5,200 each)—plus matching quilted grained calf