A good majority of people regularly travel throughout the year, whether for business or during peak periods like Thanksgiving or Christmas. It always seems to be a mad rush at home and then again at the airport. Filling every inch of your luggage to bring everything you need is the game plan, delicately playing a balancing act with the airline imposed limits. But many of you, like me, realize you've over-packed for a trip and could have avoided the hassle of excess baggage altogether. Not to mention shopping, which is severely limited now because of the space you've consumed. Toss the old and in with the new! Delayed baggage is another horror altogether, especially when you've got important matters to dress for. On a recent trip to Italy, I suffered this very fate from my favorite airline. I know many of you are already well versed in the how and what of packing, so I'll spare you the details. Instead, I'd like to pen my thoughts on traveling with just a carry-on.
After landing in Florence and waiting for a couple of days for my luggage to finally arrive, I was hellbent on making sure this wouldn't happen again. The best solution? Don't give them (those great airlines) an opportunity to lose your luggage. Keep it close to you at all costs, right in the compartment above your seat if possible. I've always avoided having a carry-on or kept them very small, always considering it more of a nuisance factor. Traveling light was my game plan then, not so much now. Those beautiful bespoke trousers you've so painstakingly taken care of for years deserve a stain more so than a baggage handler's error. Why the epiphany? While attending Pitti Uomo, I glanced upon a most beautiful luggage set - made by Vocier. Very simple and elegant, it looked like it was designed precisely for the ordeal I had just been through. I fell in love before the guys at the booth even said hello. I never paid much attention to luggage, let alone carry-on luggage - partly because I was never a business traveler. This was my first, and I'm glad I ran into Vocier. I have yet to purchase my favorite piece, the C38 in black, but it is definitely on my list of wants. To put things into perspective, here are some detailed excerpts and images - courtesy of Vocier.
Vocier's luggage and travel bags are designed to carry a suit essentially wrinkle-free in a carry-on size. Their patented system allows a suit to be stored in a special protected sleeve that gently curves around the interior of the bag, thereby completely avoiding any harsh wrinkles. Ordinary garment bags wrinkle your suit because of two factors:
- Tight corners
Think of it like creasing a piece of paper. Fabric is wrinkled when pressure is applied to a fold. Vocier luggage uses a patented contour design that eliminates both these factors. Your suit is kept in a specially protected sleeve that gently curves around the interior of the bag. The result?
Using Vocier's patented zero-crease system, the C38 luggage is designed to keep your suit essentially free of wrinkles until you arrive at your destination. The C38 easily fits in all overhead compartments and complies with international carry-on regulations. The beauty of the C38 lies in its thoughtful design and attention to detail. No tight corners, no pressure, and no wrinkles - just a well kept suit ready for your morning meeting.
Images courtesy of Vocier.