1. Mandarina Duck
The new B-drop range from Mandarina Duck offers some serious style for your mini-breaks. Its minimalist design has a retro feel and can be used as both a carry case or with wheels. Anti-scratch surfaces cover the exteriors and it's designed to be smooth-running, lightweight and super-easy to transport. Price: £155. Stockist info: http://shop.mandarinaduck.com/uk/; 0207 730 1234.
Although more famous for the Alexa and the Bayswater, Mulberry also offer a pretty impressive range of travel hand luggage. Small and compact (weighing only 3.6kg) this Mulberry has a scotchgrain surface and soft leather trim. Offering a detachable zipped pouch and external compartment for extra space, interiors are lined with Mulberry tree fabric. Price: £595. Stockist info: www.johnlewis.com; 08456 049049.
Samsonite's latest hybrid technology on the Cordoba Duo offers all the advantages of a soft case with expandability and external pockets (its also super-light) but comes with a strong, hard-wearing outer shell meaning it's easy to travel with. Meaning you can pack far more shoes than could you could possibly wear on your next mini-break. Price: £109. Stockist info: www.samsonite.co.uk; 0208 561 4043.
With the likes of Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston toting Brics luggage, it is most definitely the brand of choice for jet-setting celebrities. Lightweight, stylish and easy to travel with, the Brics Sintesis Capri comes with internal zipped compartments to ensure neat packing and extra space. Price: £180. Stockist info: www.brics.it. 0208 731 3500.
With their bold design and variety of colour ways, Tumi offer cases that'll let you stand out from the sea of plain black cases. The multi-coloured Vapour cases have hard-wearing strong outer shells and are extremely durable and lightweight. They also have a devoted celebrity following, being used by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. Price: £425. Stockist: www.tumi.com; 0207 493 4138.