x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Travel Essentials: Trunks add a touch of old world charm

Add a practical, romantic or luxurious trunk to your luggage.

TT Trunks' Dandy trunk. Courtesy of TT Trunks
TT Trunks' Dandy trunk. Courtesy of TT Trunks
TT Trunks' bespoke New Dandy trunk

Each of the hyper-luxe bespoke trunks from Parisian trunk maker TT Trunks takes 250 hours to make. Covered in top-quality leather - lizard, alligator, fine calfskin - and with handles of solid brass that can be covered in 24-carat gold, each trunk is designed for a particular function. The vanity trunk, the valet trunk, the shoe trunk, the cigar trunk - they're self-explanatory and as delightful as they sound. The New Dandy has drawers for cufflinks, ties, belts and gadgets, and is priced from £20,000 (Dh120,253), plus shipping (www.tttrunks.com; 00 331 4306 22 25).


Vintage Seekers' 1920s steamer trunk

From a new online company set up to collect and sell the crème de la crème of 20th-century vintage design - watches, cars, clothes and furniture as well as luggage - comes this sturdy, what-stories-I-could-tell piece. Made from wood and leather and designed for wealthy passengers embarking on sea voyages, it seems virtually indestructible. Priced at £950 (Dh5,712), plus shipping, from Vintage Seekers (www.vintageseekers.com; 00 44 207 240 2406).


Storage Trunks 36" trunk in faux giraffe

Each summer in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, Steve Vann, the owner of Storage Trunks, sells hundreds of his traditional alloy-frame, birchwood-ply trunks to customers from the Middle East. "Sometimes a family will send a truck to load up with trunks to take home everything they've bought. We're chuffed - we aim to provide everyone with good old-fashioned service," says Vann. A 36-inch high, Size 4 trunk costs £172.60 (Dh1,038). Shipping abroad adds £100 (Storagetrunks.co.uk; 00 77 6836 4726).