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Travel + Leisure Staff
January 30, 2019
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Briggs & Riley is a top-tier luggage brand — one that's often receiving accolades from its loyal customers — and it's not hard to see why. You’re truly getting what you pay for: luggage that's carefully engineered to last. 

And on the off-chance that it doesn't, the brand is known for its impressively generous lifetime warranty. As its website states, a “simple as that guarantee” means that if your bag is ever broken or damaged, Briggs & Riley will repair (or in some cases, replace) it free of charge, no questions asked or proof of purchase necessary. It’s unconditional, so you can feel good about buying a bag you can trust for life. And the commitment to customers doesn’t stop there, by the way; repair notes are sent back to the engineering team and used as learnings to reinforce future designs.

For a limited time, you can get away with paying less for super high-quality luggage while dozens of Briggs & Riley bags are on sale at Nordstrom. Our recommended buy? The Sympatico international carry-on in glossy onyx or sleek silver, the latter of which was released as special edition colorway to celebrate the brand's 25th anniversary in 2018.

Standing at 21 inches tall, this spinner suitcase meets the carry-on size requirements for practically all major domestic and international airlines. And at only eight pounds, it’s incredibly easy to handle. Three layers of polycarbonate and a waterproof seal will protect your belongings from the impact that’s inherent with travel (especially the dreaded gate-check). Inside, there are built-in compression straps and a place to hang a suit or dress to keep it from wrinkling in transit. Plus, the “outsider” handle design gives you more packing room by configuring the telescoping handle on the outside of the bag.

The Sympatico carry-on also features the brand’s CX zipperless compression-expansion system, which allows you to lift an internal handle to add 25 percent more packing space via an accordion-like fabric perimeter. Once you’ve filled it up with your clothes, you can simply zip it shut, and push it back down to its original size like magic. We personally prefer the sit-on-it method for theatrical effect, but you likely won’t need that much pressure.

Briggs & Riley Sympatico 21-inch Expandable Carry-on in Silver

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To buy: nordstrom.com, $464 (originally $579)

Briggs & Riley Sympatico 21-inch Expandable Carry-on in Onyx

Courtesy of Nordstrom

To buy: nordstrom.com, $464 (originally $579)

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