Steamer trunk luggage has been building a following for a while now, but so far it’s been the kind you need servants to carry. It’s a lot more authentic, but it has a tendency to cramp your style, not to mention your back.
Steamline Luggage has a somewhat more carryable version via NotCot called the Aviator series which may have found the perfect middle ground. It keeps the boxy look, comes in all the usual incremental sizes—from vanity case to stowaway—and for the most part stays under four pounds. It’s not quite as historical as some of the models we’ve run across in the past…but we’re betting it’s a lot easier on our rotator cuffs.