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Some luggage brands are all about appearances. Iconic aesthetics and glossy exteriors may look amazing, but are they enough to justify the sky-high price tag? Will luxury luggage still look beautiful and function properly after years of bumpy rides? Probably not.
Briggs and Riley is not one of these brands. It’s a travel brand with integrity and common sense. One of the few luggage manufacturers to offer an awesome lifetime guarantee on all its bags, the company’s customer care service extends way after the purchase of the bag. In fact, customers’ wants are at the core of Briggs and Riley’s values thanks to its engineered for reality philosophy. Travellers’ needs fuel the inspiration for new designs which in turn are thoughtfully engineered to create an effortless travel experience.
With pioneering policies and innovations that include a lifetime warranty, CX expansion-compression systems and SpeedThru™ Laptop Bags, Briggs and Riley has revolutionised the travel industry since 1993. But how does a luggage brand that is only 25 years old become a leading player in its industry? Read on to find out…
Briggs and Riley may have only been conceived in 1993 but it inherited a prestigious design heritage from its parent company, U.S. Luggage LLC, which spanned nearly a century. U.S Luggage are the folks to thank for creating the first ever wheeled piece of luggage in 1970. Without these guys, we’d still be dragging bulky suitcases around in an unsightly sweat!
With a legacy like that, it’s no surprise that from its conception, Briggs and Riley made waves in the industry with a series of engineering firsts and its ‘no questions asked’ lifetime guarantee. It’s thanks to these ground-breaking innovations and unbeatable policies that Briggs and Riley is now one of the leading manufacturers in the speciality luggage category and sells in more than 27 countries worldwide.
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You’ve probably heard everyone doing a big song and dance (OK, us) about Briggs and Riley’s lifetime guarantee. Is it really that great? Erm, yes. The brand repairs any design free of charge for the rest of your bag’s life! And that’s not just manufacturing defaults. The guarantee includes wear and tear and airline damage. Even better!
When you purchase a bag from Briggs and Riley, you have peace of mind that no matter how battered it gets, no matter how many bumpy voyages it entails, no matter how badly the airline treats it – you can get it repaired at no cost to yourself. Its no questions asked policy means you don’t even need proof of purchase. Now isn’t that refreshing?
This brilliant guarantee reflects the integrity of the company, as well as proving several things. One: Briggs and Riley really believe in its products and their ability to last; two: it truly cares about building lifelong relationships with its customers, and three: the brand believes innovation and incredible travel should last a lifetime.
Lifetime guarantee aside, it’s Briggs and Riley’s innovation and attentive designs that truly sets it apart from other luggage brands. Boasting multiple patents designed to make travelling easier and more efficient, the company’s products are unique, practical and intelligent. Check out our favourite Briggs and Riley innovations below:
Those trolley handlebars really get in the way when trying to pack, don’t they? Thank goodness then, for Briggs and Riley’s Outsider® Handle. The trolley handlebars are situated on the bag’s exterior for a smooth packing area that also generates extra capacity.
An engineering first, the NXpandable® System spawned the brand’s zipper-less, one-touch, rigid bag expansion as well as the first security checkpoint-friendly, SpeedThru™ Laptop Bags.
CX Expansion Compression System
Want the expansion minus the bulk? This cool feature allows Briggs and Riley suitcases to expand up to a whopping 33%, then compress back down to their original size.
CX Expansion Compression System
Featured on every Briggs and Riley carryon, the Speedthru™ pocket securely stores personal items for easy access at security checkpoints.
HideAway™ ID Tag
The HideAway™ ID Tag conceals personal information from prying eyes and ensures your private information is only seen when required.
Travelling with lots of bags? The SmartLink™ System allows you to effortlessly transport two or more bags at once. A lifesaver when travelling with kids!
Best Selling Products
One of Briggs and Riley’s best-selling (and best looking collections) the Sympatico designs combine luxury and innovation. The brand’s CX Expansion Compression System comes into play here, making them one of the few hardside cases with expandable features available.
Crafted to polycarbonate perfection, the Sympatico cases are made from a durable Makrolon® polycarbonate and are available in a series of glistening jewel tones, from Onyx to Marine. Beautifully sleek, the designs amazingly expand by up to 25% then compress back down to their original size. Perfect for those who love the flexibility of expandable suitcases but hate the bulkiness that comes with them.
Why is the range called Sympatico? Because each suitcase coordinates with a soft piece for a seamless travel style. Choose from totes, backpacks and weekenders, in matching colourways, so you look ultra-polished on your travels.
The Briggs and Riley Baseline is one of the brand’s core collections. Modern yet timeless, the range’s sleek suitcases, smart carryons and stylish garment bags should be staples of every jetsetter’s travel gear. Available in minimal black or elegant olive, the pieces exude a subtle sophistication, whilst ultra-tough, 1680D ballistic nylon constructions ensure they stay looking fine for years to come.
Style-conscious executives are bound to be impressed by the collection’s suave garment bags. The Baseline Wardrobe Spinner, in particular, is a best-seller and we can see why. This fellow is like a personal dresser and wardrobe on wheels in one. Not only do three sets of Wally clamps securely hang 4-6 suits or garments, but a series or organisational pockets, which include two mesh pockets for undergarments, a zippered shoe pocket, a tie/scarf pocket, and a further zippered pocket, offer exquisite organisation for your business accoutrements.
Worried about your business gear arriving wrinkled? Don’t be. The wardrobe spinner’s foam centred garment panels gently blanket clothes to minimize wrinkling, whilst a removable zip-in extended panel keeps longer garments ordered and neat. Finally, four double swivel wheels for effortless 360° navigation and a cushioned top carry handle ensure a first-class ride for your best suits.
Another beautiful hardside design by Briggs and Riley, the Torq range dazzles with its metallic shades, elegant lightness and brilliant strength. Three layers of 100% Virgin Makrolon Polycarbonate material is to thank for this skilful blend of nimbleness and durability, with each shell crafted to perfection.
The Large and Medium Four-Wheel Suitcases are best sellers for the brand, so if you’re planning a 1-2 week getaway, these suitcases make very stylish travel companions. Engineered with effortless travel in mind, the Torqs are decked out with double spinner wheels for seamless manoeuvrability and a stable, wide wheelbase that prevents tilting when stationary.
The thoughtful engineering continues internally with an adjustable compression panel that keeps clothing flat, minimises wrinkling, and prevents contents from shifting in transit, whilst a flexible retaining wall perfectly guides the packing process. Plenty of organisational pockets, including a large u-zip pocket, mesh lid pockets, and two zippered side pockets mean there’s no excuse for a disordered suitcase anymore. Messy packers take note!
Designed for ‘urban mavericks’, the street-wise BRX collection is essential for those always on the go. With a sporty-inspired styling and lightweight, durable, and water-resistant construction the collection of backpacks and carry-ons are made to withstand endless travel come rain or shine.
The Laptop Excursion Backpack is one of the ranges most popular styles and we can see why. Available in navy or black with heather grey fabric accents, the bags’ two-tone style is sporty yet sophisticated. Incredibly spacious, each design boasts a large u-shaped top opening for easy access to the cavernous main compartment. The generous interior is ideal for storing odd-shaped items such as footwear, cameras and other technical gear. There’s even a dedicated padded space for a 15.6” laptop.
Every inch of the backpack’s exterior has been optimised for comfort. The lightweight design is a breeze to carry, whilst a thickly padded back panel with an aerated mesh back padding provides comfort and lumbar support, as well as keeping the back cool.
Thinking about treating yourself to a Briggs and Riley creation? You won’t be disappointed! The brand’s exceptional quality, exquisite engineering and covetable aesthetics have attracted fans from around the world for decades. With over 160 designs available at Global Luggage, you’re bound to find a Briggs and Riley bag to suit your needs and lifestyle. See all the ranges here.