Baggage Claim

For travelers looking for a little more flair at the baggage-claim area, luggage maker Samsonite seems to have come up with the perfect solution: an eight-piece customized line of luggage called Black Label Couture. "When Samsonite started in 1910, travel was a luxury only accessible to a select few," says Samsonite's creative director, Quentin Mackay. "As a result, luggage was a luxurious purchase. In those days we offered a service of customization."

Nowadays travel is accessible to most everyone, and the current boom in the luxury-goods business has given Samsonite reason to revisit its roots. When shopping for Black Label Couture,...

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