The Frequent-Flier Club

Amazing how these companies that have made iconic luggage for centuries still produce the epitome of chic.

Globe-Trotter

Founded In

1897 by David Nelkin in Saxony, Germany (Nelkin moved it to London in 1901)

First Product

Brown steamer trunks

Carried By

Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Sir Edmund Hillary (who took his pieces up Mount Everest)

Today

Famed for seductively colorful trunks and cases made of Vulcan Fibre, leather, and ash-wood frames

Goyard

Founded In

1853 by François Goyard in Paris

First Product

The Courrier trunk

Carried By

Pablo Picasso, Elsa Schiaparelli, Gregory Peck, Gary Cooper, Edith Piaf

Today

The subtle chevron pattern on coated canvas is more coveted than ever.

Hartmann

Founded In

1877 by Joseph S. Hartmann in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

First Product

Large leather- covered wooden trunks used during travels by ship and train

Carried By

Babe Ruth, Jimmy Stewart, and presidents Cleveland, Johnson, and Bush Sr.

Today

Has frequently collaborated with fashion designers, among them Halston, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Lambertson Truex

Longchamp

Founded In

1948 by Jean Cassegrain in Paris

First Product

Pipes covered with leather; signature lambskin travel bags were introduced in the sixties.

Carried By

Uma Thurman, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin

Today

The ever-appropriate nylon-and-leather-handled Pliage tote is ubiquitous.

Louis Vuitton

Founded In

1854 by Louis Vuitton in Paris

First Product

A coated canvas trunk with iron banding, black lacquered metal corners, and wood lathes

Carried By

Charles Lindbergh, Douglas Fairbanks, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz

Today

The classic monogram, plus collaborations with designers such as Takashi Murakami and up next, Philippe Starck

Prada

Founded In

1913 by Mario Prada—Miuccia's grandfather—in Milan

First Product

Luggage, including a walrus-skin suitcase

Carried By

The Italian royal household, the Savoys

Today

The virtually indestructible nylon pieces are favorites of the fashion set.

Schedoni

Founded In

1880 by Chelso Schedoni in Formigine, Italy

First Product

Shoes; small leather goods introduced in the seventies by the founder's grandson, Mauro Schedoni

Carried By

Pope John Paul II

Today

Schedoni's line of leather goods includes women's handbags and custom luggage to coordinate with each model of Ferrari.

T. Anthony

Founded By

1946 by Anthony Froitzheim in New York

First Product

Hard, long-bound luggage, crafted with canvas over a hardwood frame

Carried By

Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Onassis, Richard Nixon, Elton John

Today

The richly colored canvas totes and duffels are popular weekend travel bags for places from the Cotswolds to the Hamptons.

Tanner Krolle

Founded In

1856 by master saddlemaker Frederick Krolle in London

First Product

Lid Over Body suitcase, still available via bespoke service

Carried By

Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant

Today

Beloved for its use of luxe materials, including English bridle leather

Valextra

Founded In

1937 by Giovanni Fontana in Milan

First Product

Wallets and other small leather goods

Carried By

Maria Callas, Aristotle Onassis

Today

Known for custom-made exotic-leather cases, it has introduced a line of soft-leather goods that can be rolled up.