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The Best New Bags for Travel

Headed to a new destination this summer? Packing for a trip can easily turn into a hassle, but the right piece of luggage can ensure you arrive prepared—and in style. We’ve put together a roundup of bags currently trending in Asia and bag brands created by Asian Americans for all your summer adventures.

Illustration by Ubin Li

Illustration by Ubin Li

Côte&Ciel’s Loire Granite Canvas
Materials: Textured cotton canvas, stainless steel hardware, textured calf leather handles
Unique features: Shoulder straps designed to help distribute weight
Why we love it: This is your down-to-earth duffle bag with a modern-day twist. The bag’s design was inspired by the tuffeau stone along the Loire Valley, and is perfect for packing a weekend trip. The shoulder straps are designed to be worn cross-body, so you don’t have to deal with arm switching or tiredness when lugging it around.
Price: $295

Dagne Dover’s Tote
Materials: Coated canvas body, 100 percent leather trim, 14k gold-plated zinc alloy hardware
Unique features: Laptop sleeve that holds up to a 14.5” laptop, water bottle/umbrella holder
Why we love it: Most popular in rich Dagne Blue, and we can see why this tote is a hit. The style fits every season, so no matter the time of year you plan on sight-seeing you’ll be prepared—rain or shine. The description says it all: “It isn’t just street smart—it’s chic smart”.
Price: $265

Lo&Sons’s OG
Materials: Water-resistant nylon, 100 percent leather trim
Unique features: Customizable exterior and interior colors, up to 13” laptop pocket, side pocket for shoes, leash for keys, adjustable back panel sleeve to secure bag over luggage handles, fits under airplane seats.
Why we love it: Combine fashion and functionality and you get the OG bag. It’s easy to clean and can fit almost anything you want. One of the best features is the back panel that lets you place it on your luggage handle for easy transport through the airport. Their best seller, a black shell lined in lavender, is a classy and youthful choice for both day and night.
Price: $236

Persu Collection’s Jessica Bag
Materials: Black nylon, shiny gold hardware, pops of mint
Unique features: Removable and washable interior, separate nylon zippered bag, drawstring shoe bag.
Why we love it: Into a more sporty look? This bag gives off a more casual vibe while still rocking some serious style. The design is more modern and sleeker from your usual gym bag, but it will hold your towel and sneakers and more. Fun fact: the Persu Collection was funded through Kickstarter, so you know users wanted to bring it to market!
Price: $188

MCM’s Stark Backpack
Materials: Coated canvas body, leather trim
Unique features: Tablet compartment, fabric monogram lining, one exterior pocket, four interior pockets
Why we love it: Sometimes a handbag can be annoying or heavy to lug around. Not so for the Stark Backpack, a light (though pricy) alternative for a travel bag. It’s small, yet functional—and still has enough room to hold all your essentials. This is a great bag if you like to travel light but still stash a tablet for when you need to do some work on the go.
Price: $725

Illustration credit: Ubin Li

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