Messenger bag meets backpack in the Patagonia MLC ($160). Designed to take up as much space as carry-on laws allow, the MLC can hold three to five day's worth of clothes, and converts easily from a briefcase-style bag into a backpack for frantic trips through terminals. An internal floating divider and water-resistant laundry locker let you keep your dirty duds away from the clean, while its coated fabrics provide protection for your goods in bad weather.
J.Crew steps up its travel offerings with the Globe-Trotter Centenary Luggage Collection. Handcrafted by Globe-Trotter, the 110 year old British luggage company, the six-piece collection is built to last with Vulcan Fibre shells that can hold the weight of a one-ton elephant. The collection is available in "very limited" quantities with J.Crew custom leather trim and straps. Available for mixing and matching is a 13" vanity case ($1000), a 21" trolley case ($1800), a 26" suitcase ($1800), a 28" suitcase with wheels ($2300), a 30" extra-deep suitcase with wheels ($2200), and a 33" extra-deep suitcase with wheels ($2400).
With a polycarbonate body and a signature pattern of raised edges inspired by diamond plate, Samsonite Graviton Luggage ($200-$390) offers great looks with outstanding protection. The polycarbonate case offers strength and durability while remaining light and flexible, and the raised ridges serve to both strengthen the case and provide a great-looking exterior. Available in either black or white in several different designs, including our favorite, the 31-inch upright spinner. [Thanks, Dennis]