445 Park Avenue, at 56th St.; 212-750-9797
Sure, you’ve collected your share of duffels and totes over the years, but when you’re embarking on a trip that involves, say, business-class lounges and five-star hotels, you’ll probably want to trade up. T.Anthony, a 57-year-old outfit, sells beautiful classic suitcases in a choice of unisex solids and tweeds. Choose from old-school (heavy and hard-sided) or practical (with retractable handles and wheels)—all come in a full range of sizes and have coordinating garment bags, duffels, even hatboxes. Suitcases are $550 and up, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be buying a complete set in one swoop. But think of them like fine china: highly collectible. And since a bunch of styles have been around since the forties (the red suitcases were created for Marilyn Monroe), chances are they aren’t going away anytime soon—unless, of course, you take them with you.
Best Classic Luggage
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).