I just got back from three weeks in Europe and these two Paravel bags pictured have been my constant companions. I’ve been a long-time fan of Paravel luggage starting my collection with their crossbody capsule and stowaway case last year (original blog post from 2018 here). I love the old world style of their pieces done up in Italian leather and stain-resistant canvas which harken back to the golden age of travel while still feeling completely modern.
Canvas duffels and bags certainly aren’t a new concept, but Paravel has re-engineered their rigorous cotton material to be water and spill-resistant which keeps the light colored fabric looking fabulous even during week after week on the road. I always prefer to travel with carry-on luggage because I often make lots of hops on a trip (7 flights in 3 weeks!), and don’t like waiting at baggage claim (or worrying about my bags reaching my destination!) The bags are lightweight and accented with just enough leather to be beautiful without weighing you down. I also appreciate that while most luggage companies are incorporating new technology like battery packs and USB chargers into their designs, Paravel is staying true to the classics. I plan on owning these bags for 10-15 years, and know that the electronic features popular today will become outdated and useless long before this luggage wears out. Additionally, their styles are perfect whether you love design-y destinations like Hotel Mama on Mallorca (first set of pictures with the graphic tiled floor) or more romantic settings like Les Rosees boutique hotel in Provence (the yellow floral room at the bottom of this post!).They’re also work well for men or women so your significant other can borrow them – assuming you let them! : ) If you want them all to yourself you can have them monogrammed with your initials or a whimsical motif from their art collection. Whatever your vibe Paravel’s bags are excellent travel companions!
I’m such a sucker for a matching set of luggage and I currently own the Weekender, the Grand Tour Duffle, the Stowaway and the Crossbody Capsule all pictured and linked below. I love traveling with the Crossbody Capsule + Stowaway for overnight trips to my parents’ house or destinations near San Francisco, and the Weekender + Grand Tour Duffle for longer trips. Scroll down to see everything I fit in a Weekender and a Grand Tour during my 3 weeks in Europe!
- 1 cashmere sweater
- 1 perfect denim jacket
- 1 fleece turtleneck
- 4 tops (including this, this, this and this)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 3 pairs of pants (this pair of white denim, linen-y trousers and these jeans)
- 6 dresses (including this, this, this, this, and bought this and this in France)
- 3 skirts (including this, this, and this)
- 1 bikini (top and bottom) and 3 malliots (including this, this and this)
- 3 pairs of shoes (including these sandals, these espadrilles and these heels)
- 1 belt (similar)
- 1 clutch
- 1 straw bag
- 1 straw hat
- a 17″ laptop
- my camera and lenses
- toiletries in this bag
Thank you to Paravel for partnering on this post!