Great luggage has the ability to transport you, at least mentally, to somewhere totally different than your actual destination. Sure, your only upcoming travel plans might be a quick business trip to Boston — but when your luggage is sophisticated and Italian, then a part of you can’t help but summon the Italian spirit for any and every journey. Even after your third flight delay of the day, you’ll be a vision of relaxed elegance, contently sipping Aperol spritzes at a Logan International Airport bar.
That’s the power of Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano luggage. Exhibiting the same classic style as vintage travel trunks, but manufactured with lightweight (yet durable!) aluminum shells, FPM’s made-in-Italy offerings build on the brand’s 74-year heritage. These are roller hard-cases that restore some romance to travel — no matter where you’re headed.
Credit for FPM’s main Bank collection of luggage goes to industrial designer Marc Sadler — the same powerhouse behind a wealth of lighting brand Foscarini’s best lamps. The Bank S series swaps out leather handles for sportier rubber-trimmed versions, while the company’s Bank Light suitcases are made from polycarbonate makrolon to weigh even less than their aluminum counterparts.
Of course, as with all things Italian, where the suitcases really shine is in their handsome detailing. Inside, each one is fully lined and includes four webbing straps to help divide and secure cargo. And true to its name, the Bank collection acts as a secure vault for your valuables. Built-in theft prevention includes TSA-approved combination and butterfly lock fasteners. As for the wheels? They’re silent, smooth, and refreshingly stable — perfect for navigating a busy airport on a time crunch.
All of this to say, if your 2020 agenda is already filling up with travel plans, do yourself a favour and invest in some real luggage. Because while FPM luggage may be perfectly well-suited to quick work trips, once you own of these bags, it won’t be long before you find yourself boarding a flight to Milan. And we could all use a little more time in Italy.