Would You Rent Expensive Luggage Just to Impress Other Travelers?
We understand that people sometimes need to rent expensive clothing for a night. You're at an event with people that you want or need to impress so you enhance your plummage accordingly. Fine. We might bemoan our inegalitarian culture, where society's velvet rope is lowered only to those who can turn heads, but whatever. People have wanted to look good for other people since the dawn of time.
Which brings us to this afternoon's edition of But Really? Today's topic: Flight 001's new rent to rent chichi luggage program:
If a pricy set of name-brand luggage is beyond your budget but you still want to travel with the crème de la crème, check out "Baggage Claim for Hire," debuting this spring at New York travel outfitter Flight 001. By the day or week, the store will rent cool wheeled luggage made of lightweight polycarbonates by the German company Rimowa. Bear in mind that a medium-sized Rimowa suitcase — like topaz gold — retails for around $500. So you can turn heads at the airport without breaking the bank.
Is this a trend? Are people really trying to turn heads at airports? With their luggage?
Understand that we're not automatically against this. Quite the opposite. We're more than willing to consider it, if only to cut down on the inflatable pillow abominations and fashion atrocities that are routinely justified in the name of "travel comfort."
But we're skeptical. It's hard to believe that travelers are trying to impress blurry airport crowds that they've never met and will never meet again. Then again our main travel requirements are free wifi and power outlets. Other people may have other concerns. If this is something you'd consider, sound off in the comments and tell us how wrong we are.
· Luggage stories [Jaunted]
· Rent chic luggage at travel outfitter Flight 001 [LA Times]
[Photo: Flight 001, Salsa Cabin]