Last updated: October 2022
Cult-following luggage label Away – successfully catapulting to said status since its 2016 debut with a single, perfectly designed carry-on – has just released its second annual global designer collaboration series. And it drops today.
The limited-edition collection features custom designs created exclusively for Away, seen across two of the travel lifestyle brand’s core silhouettes: the best-selling Bigger Carry-On, known for its durable polycarbonate hard shell with space-maximizing interior compression, gliding 360-degree spinner wheels, built-in TSA-approved combination lock plus a signature leather luggage tag, and stylish Packable Sling Bag, a seriously sleek x functional upgrade on the fanny pack of yore.
The talent? A who’s who of fashion’s leading innovators: illusory NYC-based womenswear label Vaquera, Andalucia-meets-London street style menswear brand Palomo Spain, and colorful London based, made-in-Delhi womenswear line Ashish. Designs range from fanciful to romantic to graphic graffiti; all guaranteed to turn heads at the airport – not to mention your Instagram feed.
Away’s limited-edition Designer Collection ranges from $185.00 – $375.00, available exclusively at Away retail stores and AwayTravel.com with shipping to 35 countries worldwide. The 6-piece series goes live as of 10:30am EST on October 4th, 2022 – and you better act fast. This coveted collab is all but guaranteed to sell out.
See below for a closer look at all six pieces, although warning: side effects of shopping this collection may include the irresistible urge to book a flight.
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Away x Palomo Spain
Why we love it: Fanciful black florals against muted chartreuse laminate are the effortlessly chic luggage combination we didn’t know we needed. Plus, a coordinating custom luggage tag and high-shine black hardware.
Designer intel: “I wanted to incorporate the Spanish DNA of our brand, so we utilized our signature florals that have become one of the most recognizable symbols of our designs,” shares Alejandro Gómez Palomo of Palomo Spain in a press release. “When I started the brand, I felt the need to make clothes that could be embellished with embroideries, feathers, and rich fabrics that weren’t traditionally seen in men’s collections. I translated this same ethos to my collaboration with Away by creating a set of luggage that diverges from the idea of a simple monochromatic dark suitcase and instead is bright, colorful, optimistic, and chic.”
Away x Vaquera
Why we love it: Photorealistic roses come to life against semi-transparent TPU and high-shine silver hardware for a stylish, surrealist spin on travel.
Designer intel: “We like to have a sense of humor and romance with everything that we create, and we were excited to bring that same playful mentality to our designs for Away,” shares Vaquera founder Patric DiCaprio in a press release. Vaquera Co-Designer Bryn Taubensee adds, “we like that our bags will stand out in baggage claim – a place where there is often so much uniformity and homogeneity. We wanted to make something that could also be a conversation starter at the airport – who knows who you could meet!”
Away x Ashish
Why we love it: This graphic floral graffiti print on laminate is giving us life – of the 90s nostalgia kind – and we’re here for it. Plus, matte black hardware and a custom luggage tag with metallic tie.
Designer intel: “It’s important for me to have a feeling of joy in my work. In this collaboration with Away, I wanted to create something that would feel a little irreverent towards the endless tide of black suitcases you may typically find while traveling,” says Ashish Gupta of Ashish in a press release. “I love when people customize their suitcases so they no longer look pristine – I really like a good scribble and I wanted to bring that unrestricted creative mentality into my collection.”