Traveling is made easier when using durable, reliable luggage. Whether you travel often or only a few times per year, proper luggage is very important to ensure a smooth trip. Carrying an over-packed suitcase through the airport or trying to stuff a faulty carry-on in the overhead compartment is not ideal. Forego an airport crisis by finding a bag that fits your travel needs. Purchasing luggage is an investment, as quality bags and suitcases can, and should, last a lifetime. Before you leave for your dream vacation, rethink the luggage situation.
1814 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
There are few other companies in DC that have such a wide knowledge of leather goods and luggage. Doudaklian is a family-run business that has served Washington, DC since 1979. Not only does Doudaklian sell superior brands, it also creates custom pieces for clients. The available luggage selection is comprised of various styles: upright, garment, tote and duffel.
9903 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, VA 22066
Paul himself, who is an expert cobbler, runs the shoe repair and leather accessories shop in Great Falls Village. Besides repairing shoes, boots, leather and handbags, the business also sells luggage. Suitcases are available, as well as travel totes, briefcases and computer bags. There are often in-store specials and customers who place orders online receive free shipping. Trusted brands include Briggs & Riley, Scully, Travelpro and Lodis.
Signature Leather and Travelware
1686 Crystal Square Arcade
Arlington, VA 22202
The ultimate retailer for world travelers, Signature has it all – luggage in any shape, size or color you can imagine. Collections aren’t geared just toward business class. There are necessities suitable for all occasions. At Signature, shoppers can look through labels like Vera Bradley, Pan Am, Samsonite, Delsey and Jansport. The assortment differs from retro to classic to fashionable.
Sterling & Burke Ltd.
2824 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
In 2011, after great retail success, Sterling & Burke opened its first location in Georgetown. The company is well known for superior quality and traditional-style luggage – praised in the business world by frequent fliers. Alexandra Megan of Sterling & Burke says all products are hand stitched in England using locally sourced English materials. “Sterling & Burke Ltd. has started producing our own brand of hand-stitched leather goods, all made in England,” said Megan. American brands carried include J.W. Hulme of St. Paul, MN, and Korchmar. The large luggage collection is almost exclusively leather and prices range from $400 to $3,000. “Depending on the brand’s direction, we may have special pricing opportunities. The benefit is that you can buy one piece and continually expand your collection over time. The pieces we sell will last you through many years of traveling,” said Megan. Sterling & Burke carries Globe Trotter trunks, which are becoming increasingly popular.
5300 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
TW Luggage & Leather has an unbeatable inventory. If you don’t see something you like on the store floor, there are also extensive catalogs for browsing. The TW staff considers itself an expert on domestic and international traveling and work to ensure that luggage lasts longer by providing each willing customer with helpful tips. Prices vary, so the luggage suits a broad shopper base. Just off Friendship Heights metro stop, the store is part of Mazza Gallerie.
Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.