Amid all the grommets, shiny embellishments, and overpriced It bags that have taken over as of late, it's become increasingly difficult to find quality, no-B.S. luggage that's simple, classic, and refined. But now we know exactly where to look. Legendary American accessories brand, Ghurka, has opened a flagship at the storied Sherry Netherland hotel, complete with a full helping of so-smooth leather goods, awesome travel bags, and timeless gifts for him (including a Steve McQueen-esque sidecar motorcycle, to boot). The opening of the label's new NYC digs — think Robert Falcon Scott all GQ-ed out — coincides with the first collection under the helm of Creative Director Steven La Guardia, who has re-energized Ghurka's image and product offerings without sacrificing the company's core aesthetic.
We all know traveling is grueling enough without having to fight an ugly rolling bag or wage war against an over-designed duffle that just won't hold up. So, cross one worry off your to-do list: Shoddy construction and useless bells and whistles are nowhere to be found at this shop. Ghurka's tough-as-nails carryalls can withstand tons of punishment (and manage to look even better with age). Stay calm, and carry on…literally.
Click through for pics of your new luggage go-tos (and Ghurka's cute CD), plus tips on traveling in top form.
Photographed by Mindy Best