We started by looking for luggage that was creatively designed with brow raising features. I suggested we look at Hideo Wakamatu's luggage, which is Japanese, and sold basically nowhere but his website, so it must be excellent.
We considered the Muscular Carry On: Black. I liked it because it was light, a hardcase (so neatly contained), had four spinny wheels, as we took to calling them, and (favorite feature) didn't have a zipper; it popped open when you released the latches.
|Hideo Wakamatu - Muscular Carry On - $219|
We assumed since it was cheaper than those bags that cost a fortune, it must have some major drawback we weren't considering, so we moved on to bags that cost a fortune.
::fast forward past 400 emails Aaron and I sent each other about Briggs & Riley, Samsonite, SteamLine, etc.::
We swung by the Tumi store in the Flatiron district (new!) and made a beeline for the Tumi Arrivé collection; it was deliriously attractive, a feature I placed above all others, including price! We decided on two De Gualle International Carry-On's.
|Tumi De Gualle International Carry On|
And oh, we didn't stop there. We were about to shun checked baggage forever, and in doing so, we needed to carefully consider the 'topper'. It had to have a space for a laptop, and be able to function as an overnight/two day trip bag itself ::winks at minimalism::.
Aaron got himself the Kennedy Deluxe Brief. It's part everyday bag, part suitcase, part nuclear football.
|Tumi Arrivé Kennedy Deluxe Brief|
|T-Pass; you can unzip the bag and lay it flat for the security car wash, and not have to take your laptop out.|
|Oh, good morning.|
|Oh, what lovely monograms you have there.|
|Call me, maybe?|
We're elated with the new bags, and are ready to not just travel to any country but also run it, if need be. Are you loving them as much as we are?