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Vintage Suitcases For Modern Jetsetters: Travel Back in Time

Vintage suitcase designs take us back to the golden era of travel. An era characterised by legendary explorers, glamorous rail journeys and yet to be discovered countries. As travel restrictions begin to ease and the world slowly opens, the idea of travel has once again, become an extraordinary concept. Whether you’re taking advantage of the trans-Tasman bubble, exploring our own beautiful country or simply getting prepared for the borders to open, these are the beautiful vintage-inspired suitcases that you need in your life.

The Louis Vuitton Trunk

French fashion designer, Louis Vuitton, made his first trunk as an apprentice in 1837. By the mid-1900s, the luxury trunks were the elite’s go-to travel companion. Vintage Louis Vuitton cases can often be found at the big flea markets in Paris and from a number of online vintage stores. Modelled after the original suitcases and iconic monogram pattern, today’s Louis Vuitton luggage collection retains a distinctly vintage feel.


The 123-year-old British luggage brand is known for its timeless vintage designs and whimsical styles. Reflecting the brand’s passion for vintage, Globe-Trotter’s designs are made with handmade leather finishings and a vintage-inspired silhouette. Seen in the hands of everyone from Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill to Daniel Craig and Emma Watson, these suitcases are the epitome of luxurious travel.

Au Départ

Au Départ began in 1834, with a small shop in front of the Gare du Nord train station in Paris but the brand really took off after creating the famous monogrammed travel case of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince in 1920. Favoured by the 20th-century French upper class, the brand is known for creating some of the most beautiful suitcases in the world. Having been relaunched in 2019, five of Au Départ’s archival trunks were reinvented for the modern traveller.

Steamline Luggage

Founded in 2005, Steamline Luggage is one of the newer makers of vintage style suitcases. With an aim to bring elegance back to modern exploration, the brand creates unique and artistic pieces of luggage. From retro rattan carry-ons to the glamorous navy and white rolling cases, the luggage combines durability with beauty. We love the Sweetheart collection for a weekend city break and turn to the explorer collection for a trip to the coast.


Paravel is a sustainable luggage brand with an emphasis on vintage suitcase designs. Having upcycled over 2 million plastic water bottles, offset 8,150 tonnes of C02, and planted over 35,000 trees through Eden Reforestation Projects, the brand will make you feel better about catching that plane. With options to personalise your cases with hand-painted, appliquéd, and embroidered designs, your suitcase will feel luxuriously personal.

For more luggage inspiration, you may enjoy reading about Samsonite suitcases and other luxury luggage makers.

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