Functional or stylish?
We spend a lot of time with our luggage, and I want something I enjoy to look at. I don’t want to look like I am lugging the laptop bag my IT department provided. I also don’t want an ostentatious brand display that will attract sneers and thiefs such as the Louis Vuitton man-totes I see in JFK.
After a fruitless hunt online I came across new Canadian brand Venque while shopping in Hong Kong (boy, that sounds pretentious!). Let’s rephrase that: holding my wife’s shopping bags in Hong Kong in between our feasting stops. I thought it over, saw their bags again in Vancouver and bought the Milano Black.
It is young and professional, the newspaper loops are a playful touch, and the fabric is light and feels durable. My main concern was addressed in Vancouver: I did not see in Hong Kong or on the website the luggage strap to attach to a rollerboard, however it is tucked in the back zip pocket.
(The price is CAD 149 which at the hugely low rate to the dollar is around USD 106. Not that the global .com site does not specific CAD or USD, so use the Canadian .ca site which specifies CAD.)
I also considered the larger Briefpack XL. I prefer the Milano’s styling and organizers, and do not need the backpack straps. When not used as a backpack, the straps are well concealed so it looks like a proper briefcase.
Readers, what travel briefcase do you recommend?
(Disclaimer: I have no financial or sponsorship relationship with Venque. I paid for the bag myself and the recommendation is my own.)