Tumi's Alpha duffel has dual citizenship—a sporty American look and the European sophistication of a rolling case. Multiple handles let you lift it from any angle, and the many zippers allow for easy access.
Seven roomy pockets in Hayden-Harnett's Maldives weekender mean there's a place for everything from cell phones to cameras to last-minute duty-free finds. Made of nylon, it's lightweight but structured, and the leather handle makes it ultra-sturdy.
17"x19.5"x5.75", $185, Stash, 63A Union St., Newton Centre, 617-969-1660, shopstash.com.Photo provided
Think of Bree's Punch 22 as the Volkswagen of carryons. German engineering makes the rolling case as long-lasting as it is good-looking. Made of a resistant tarpaulin with a heavy-duty rubbery feel, its design was cribbed from military cargo vehicles.
Talk about multitasking: Bric's X-Bag duffel collapses into its own tiny pouch (perfect for stowing souvenirs on the return flight); handles join with a leather-wrapped snap and are long enough to sling over your shoulder. Plus, it's surprisingly affordable.
13"x22"x6", $130, Passport.Photo provided
Samsonite's defiantly lightweight Cosmolite cases, made with a new material called Curv, bear a clamshell design, as does an adorable (yet unisex!) matching toiletry bag.
Wheeled hard case, 27"x19"x10.5", $459; toiletry case, $249; Travel 2000, Prudential Center, Boston, 617-536-3101.Photo provided
When packing only bikinis, lingerie, and sundresses, travel light with the Pegase 50 wheeled carryon. Vernis leather, the signature "LV" monogram, and brass fixtures add style to an otherwise serviceable bag; its vivid hue ensures no other passenger will mistakenly grab your luggage.
19.3"x13.8"x7", $2,370, Louis Vuitton, Copley Place, Boston, 617-437-6519, louisvuitton.com.Photo provided