brimfield 2011: travel

by Grace Bonney

One of my favorite things to do in life is travel. Whether it’s across town or across the country, I relish the chance to see another area and get to know what makes each city special. We’ve got a huge travel schedule coming up this fall for the Tour (dates coming soon!) so I always love finding cute luggage & travel accessories and must-haves for the road. When Amy, Kate and I were at Brimfield last week we noticed a huge selection of vintage and antique luggage for sale and, had it not been for their relatively high price tags, I would have taken a few of these home with me. Amy uses a stack of vintage suitcases as a side table in her home and I’ve always wanted to replicate that look. So I thought I’d kick off this morning with 15 beautiful suitcases (including a set with its own removable jacket!) from Brimfield. Stay tuned for more Brimfield coverage including the rattan trend, beautiful industrial pieces and much more. xo, grace

There’s more Brimfield coverage here (what we bought), here (recreation trend), here (textiles), here (equestrian trend), here (lighting) and here (leather)

Top image and image above: This amazing antique luggage set has an outer leather jacket that comes off to reveal hard case luggage below. Sadly the Ralph Lauren POLO people snagged this before anyone else could. Argh!

Image above: I fell hard for this faded blue, spacey-print luggage from the booth. I love the drawers.

Image above: This piece was one of my favorites from the show: an antique dog carrier. The wood veneer was so elegant and classy. I can only imagine how badly my cats would shred this sucker from the inside.

CLICK HERE for 11 more pieces of gorgeous antique and vintage luggage after the jump!

Image above: I’m not normally a label girl, but this vintage Vuitton luggage was just spectacular. I think I actually prefer their classic pattern worn in with a bit of age and dirt thrown on top.

Images above: These last two images are of a case from one of the oldest French luggage makers in the world. That oxblood red leather interior pocket was so stunning in person. Two bad they cost as much as a European vacation itself.

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  • These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing your finds. My favorite is that light blue (?) trunk with wood trim and leather straps. Gorgeous.
    I was recently at an antique mall where I found a White Star Line Louis Vuitton trunk. I feel the same as you do about labels, but this was beautiful (and with such history!). If I had $1800 in my pocket (note: I’ve never had $1800 in my pocket), I would have bought it.

  • That’s funny that you mention the Ralph Lauren Polo people. I used to go very often to the Vintage Textile & Fashion Fair that occurs right before Brimfield. You could always count on the RL people (and others like them) snatching up the good stuff in. Big budgets, those NYC design crews!

  • Way to throw fuel on the fire, Grace! I’m already a little bit of a hoarder of travel items. I have a set of luggage in my hallway, a hard-sided suitcase as my bedside table (on end so it’s at the right height), and a hard-sided suitcase, a steamer trunk and a WWII foot locker at my mom’s house in the process of being recovered.

    Total cost of all of those items was less than $100. It pays to look at little vintage shops, road sides on garbage day, and church festivals.

    Thanks for validating my obsession!

  • AH! I LOVE vintage luggage. I wish more of it would hold up to airplane travel. Or that train travel was cheaper.

    In the first pic after the jump, the suitcase on the far right. I have that one! It belonged to my great-grandfather. I LOVE it.

  • I just wanted to thank you all for not stopping at one day’s worth of pics for brimfields. I am just mesmerized with every days yumminess!!!

  • Undeniable retro chic! I think designers must be following your lead Maggie. No wonder they’re are tempting us with escapist furniture and accessories that conjures up dreams of elsewhere. The inspiration underlying this trend must derive from vintage luggage like these cool pieces!

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