Five Local Luggage Retailers for Your Post-Pandemic Packing Needs
Whether it’s a smart carry-on or just the perfect weekender, your post-vaccination vacation starts with a new piece of luggage from one of these local shops and makers.
For a Personal Touch
Inspired by an adventure-loving rescue pup named (you guessed it) Harvey, this homegrown travel brand is known for its waxed-canvas, vegan-leather-trimmed totes and duffels. New this month are customizable destination totes ($95), available in four color options and ready to be printed with the name of your favorite vacation spot. And even if your new getaway bag isn’t getting any action quite yet, you can rest assured you’re building some good karma with your purchase: For every item sold, Harvey Traveler donates a bag of dog food to the Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals.
100 Seaport Blvd., Boston, harveytraveler.com.
If you’re searching for an airplane-ready carry-on with just a hint more personality than the run-of-the-mill roller bag, consider stopping by this Newton Centre shop, which always stocks the latest and greatest travel gear. This month, it’s debuting Victorinox Swiss Army’s Airox Hardside Collection, a range of lightweight, polycarbonate hard-shell carry-ons, as well as Briggs & Riley’s expanded “Delve” line, which includes crossbody bags, briefcases, and backpacks that can be easily sanitized between flights.
30A Langley Rd., Newton Centre, 617-332-6519, shopleatherworld.com.
For a Twist on a Classic
For most of its 123 years, Germany’s iconic suitcase brand has been known for its grooved aluminum luggage. But this season, for the first time, Rimowa will apply its singular design aesthetic to a series of soft luggage pieces. Curated for COVID-friendly regional trips and car travel, the new “Never Still” collection—available at the Back Bay store—consists of a tote, a weekender, and three sizes of backpacks in a polished mix of leather and canvas.
12 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-2300, rimowa.com.
For Luxurious Leather
Looking to invest in something that will stand the test of time? Put your trust in Lotuff. The Providence atelier painstakingly vegetable-tans and dyes all of its own hides, then makes each piece by hand. Check out its best-selling totes and weekenders, or the popular 929: Part duffel and part briefcase, it launches in a gorgeous, springtime-appropriate camel color this season. You can find the brand’s full collection online, as well as select pieces at Covet + Lou in Needham and Shreve, Crump & Low in Boston.
For Backpacks and Belt Bags
During a challenging time for indie shops everywhere, we’re proud to report the Bay State’s oldest luggage retailer is alive and well—thriving, in fact. Owner Demian Wendrow says it’s actually been a benchmark year for backpacks, including top sellers Eagle Creek and Tumi. And while the shop is renowned for its classic, tasteful selection, Wendrow also notes that the surprise favorite of the moment is the “fanny pack, or ‘belt bag,’ as they’re called these days.” Whatever you call it, the quilted MZ Wallace number in store right now feels particularly fresh.
45 Central St., Wellesley, 781-237-5950, londonharness.com.