Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Are you tired of not being able to find your luggage in a sea of black bags snaking through the baggage claim at the airport? Or are you just bored with today's selection of cookie-cutter cardboard and canvas options of suitcases?
In yesteryears, purchasing luggage was considered a major investment with each piece costing hundreds of dollars. With bags designed to last a lifetime, they were constructed from high-quality materials like wood and leather, and they were embellished with silk lining and brass ornaments. While this may not be practical for today's jet-set traveler, you can still adopt inspiration from retro styles to add personality to your travel bags.
Add a vintage touch to your luggage by using travel labels and stickers.
I stumbled across a variety of decorative labels in my quest for baggage bling including A Charming Chest, which offers a wide selection of themed luggage labels including vintage hotel, exotic destinations, golden era, sunny destinations, road trips, cigar box, vintage perfume labels and more! For less than $20, you'll receive a set of 20 labels.
On the other hand, A Touch of Europe offers additional flare for your travel gear ranging from retro Americana-themed stickers to Parisian, vintage letters or even nature-inspired additions such as birds and nests, natural wonders and butterflies.
For true vintage labels from the 20s and beyond, you can expect that the premium may be higher, but so is the payoff for those looking for authenticity. Check out the Razso Collection, which offers a variety of hotel and destination labels from various decades from former collector and label lover, Gyorgy Razso. If you have a true interest in vintage labels, be sure to check out the site's blog and picture gallery.
Fun Americana stickers will take you back to a simpler time. For those living
in the states, they'll also give you a piece of home while you're on the road.
Photo Source: A Touch of Europe
Stamps and "money" can be colorful additions to any leather bag.
I think I've fallen for this beautiful luggage set, which is covered
in vintage Parisian postcard-style paper. The back of one of the pieces
even includes a map of the whole city of Paris!
Photo Source: Etsy
These Cavallini map stickers may not help you find where you're
going to, but you'll sure look savvy en route!
Photo Source: A Touch of Europe
And don't forget about travel tags too!
In keeping with the vintage theme, I included one fun tag collection I found, but there are many more out there! Check out the Temper Jackson Collection for a loud and colorful selection, or visit World Traveler for more witty choices including "His" and "Hers", as well as one leopard print tag that says, "I've Got Baggage."
These sassy tags are not only cute accessories, but they'll also
serve as bag identifiers, too.
Photo Source: En-Day
So you've read this all, and you're ready to kick your Samsonite to the curb. Where can you find a vintage bag?
Check out this great Go NOMAD article, which recommends garage sales, estate sales, consignment shops, thrift stores, EBay and flea markets as just a few of the places where you may spot your next suitcase. The article also details helpful cleaning and repair tips that make these finds better than new!
Mori Luggage also has some fun high-end vintage pieces including a beautiful pink and black D'Aosta Veranda set.
Worn and well-traveled, following wherever you may go,
a vintage suitcase may well be a traveler's best friend.
Photo Source: Apartment Therapy