If this alligator rolling case could speak… “I am the Formula 1004 suitcase made from alligator skin. I am as exclusive and precious and handmade as couture. I’m also rarer than hen’s teeth – you won’t nd many of me. Roll me around Terminal 5 and people will be falling at your feet. Me
or Muji? My darling, there is no competition. You know the days of dressing in tracksuits to travel by plane are numbered for those of a higher income. The rich are dressing up to travel again and with this comes the very best luggage. My 360-degree swivel wheels and sturdy frame aren’t for check-in, you understand – I am hand luggage, but more than likely on a private jet. I’m certainly not cabin [Retches.]. The thing about being at the front of the plane is the quality of the people and luggage. If you see sweatpants ‘up front’, their fabric has been combed from the chin of a Himalayan yak. No sportswear, please. And if you think that nobody is looking when you put your case in the overhead bin, you’re wrong. People who have made it in the world notice these things. Having the best luggage in club has become a competition. It’s a sneaky glance or a behind- the-hand comment. And the flight attendants are as bad. And bored – “Seen that real alligator Berluti rolling case in A1? It’s incredible!”
by Richard Gray
Taken from the new issue of 10 Men, on newsstands now.