A coordinated luggage set has been a tradition in my family for years. Upon graduation from high school, one gets to put away the mishmash of nylon and vinyl duffles that had heretofore accompanied us and graduate to a set of T Anthony luggage. It was always a bit of a skirmish to decide who got what color. When we would travel together – grandparents, aunts and cousins we could have outfitted a full fledged T Anthony showroom upon arriving at our destination! So, a long way to say, a coordinated set of luggage has always been an important travel accessory for me. Like our logo, the Ringmaster, an icon of elite equestrian events, the right luggage announces your arrivals and departures in style. I have a few style rules for travel: luggage that works well (rolls smoothly, carries comfortably, etc) and looks chic (but never logoed!), no tennis shoes, always a cozy long cardigan and or wrap for freezing cold planes, at least one battery charger and I always carry an open top tote (of a horizontal, not vertical shape) that slides neatly under the seat in front of me, providing easy access to books and electronics and snacks for the kids. These details can really set a trip up for smooth success (or not). I am very proud of the quality of OUGHTON luggage. It is actually made in the same factory as T Anthony luggage and finished to an even higher level of quality and build that I want when traveling. The rugged 22 oz waxed canvas is, in my opinion, the absolute best fabric for luggage: it gets better looking with use, is waterproof yet breathable and lightweight although very strong. And, although rugged, it carries a chic yet understated elegance borne of an inveterate world traveller who understands how and WHY to fly under the radar. In addition, the choice of halter fittings as the hardware (that story here), and halter strapping that literally encircles the bag adds a strength and durability that is matched by few other brands.