Many a gentleman with otherwise impeccable credentials is undone by his luggage. You wouldn't pull up to The Crillon in a battered Kia, but many of us still view our travel gear like a concealed weapon (this battered duffle is merely the wrapper for a double barrel of Givenchy and Lanvin - bam-bam). Big mistake. Hotel desk clerks are a superficial lot and so is that new best friend you're hoping to convert into something more after business-classing across the Atlantic together. You'll never have check-in or carousel shame again, though, if you give your wardrobe the travelling companions it deserves.
Manoeuvrability, lightness, sturdiness and ample space are all universally desirable characteristics, but beyond that, it's up to you. Are you a minimal, "hand luggage only" kind of guy, or do you prefer to travel in luxury? Do you like the timeless look of a Mulberry or Globe-Trotter suitcase, or the modern, sports car styling of a Tumi? Do you need a built-in suit bag? A laptop protector? A tracking database for lost luggage? (Yes, it exists.) Whatever you're after, there's a suitcase that's sure to meet your needs. Click through the gallery, above, to see six of our favourites.
Words by Mr Chris Elvidge, Senior Copywriter, MR PORTER