Leaving Los Angeles with the proper luggage in which to hold all of your stuff is often a challenge, especially when climate changes are a factor. Also difficult is finding the perfect carry-on that can hold all of the gadgets and accoutrements necessary during your flight in and out of the City of Angeles. So, with that in mind, consider the following supreme establishments that sell all sorts of suitcases — big, small and everything in between.
Fred Segal Baggage
8100 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
This small but powerful offshoot operating out of the original Fred Segal location on Melrose gives the opportunity to unearth a gem of a bag that not many — if any — other travelers will own. Upon entering, you’ll notice the smell of leather and will soon be hankering for a traveling piece made of the rugged material. For instance, glamorous Il Bisonte bags can be found in these cramped but glamorous quarters. So can other hard-to-find, truly unique designer pieces. And for vegan travelers, there’s the Jack Spade canvas bag made specifically for journeying your laptop in style no matter where in the world you happen to be traveling.
Lazar’s Luggage Superstore
14528 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Looking for diversity? This splendid store in Sherman Oaks, open since the early 1960s, is well worth considering before going on a trip out of town. This is especially true if you’re looking for a large selection of luggage from which to choose your own personal case. From wheeled totes to massive suitcases to compact carry-ons, there’s something for every travel occasion in this Valley location. Even better, each piece is priced to sell. Another bonus, this particular store carries Briggs & Riley and Tumi, two of the best brands in the luggage business anywhere in the world. Talk about a real LA coup.
8321 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Not only is the selection in this sweet boutique that sits on the edge West Hollywood seductive, but a lot of the shop’s trendy inventory is hipster cool as well. Prices may cause a double-take, but the inventive merchandise may also allow you to break down and buy a conversation piece that doubles as a suitcase because, among other reasons, this is often a good way to start a conversation with another traveler when you’re out on the road. Although this particular Flight 001 outpost is not the only one in the country (there are about five others), this place is by no means a chain store. The Los Angeles version stocks plenty of stuff that is picked specifically for the taste of Angelenos in the know and is definitely worth a visit even if one of the sister stores is already part of your repertoire if you happen to visit, say, Berkeley or Chicago.
H. Savinar Luggage
4625 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Arguably the best luggage store in town with two locations (the other one is in Canoga Park), this full-service emporium is a dream for jet-setters looking to upgrade their current crop of suitcases and carry-ons. On hand are quality designer luggage pieces (like Delsey and French Luggage), close-outs on an assortment of tried-and-true brands that will carry your belongings in a safe and satisfactory manor and pro staffers who are more than willing to help you find exactly what you’ll need in the way of perfect pieces that fit your lifestyle. Indeed, this particular luggage outlet is tops on many career travelers’ lists, including those who live in Los Angeles and those who are simply just visiting.
8825 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
For many Angelenos, luggage is a sartorial statement not to be missed when planning a trip to land far away from Tinseltown. This West Hollywood emporium delivers these travel necessities with the same eagle eye as the highly acclimated store does its edgy fashion collection. Highly curated, the carry-ons and other types of traveling goods found at Maxfield are beyond special and for the type of shopper who pays no mind when it comes to price tags. And why not? This iconic shop is an LA tradition among the rich, famous and extremely discerning.
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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.