These days, being airport chic can make headlines as much as a best (or worst) dressed red carpet look. Genteel women in the late 18th and 19th centuries aced it with one of these elegant, compartmentalised boxes used to carry cosmetics. The whole gamut of offerings from luxury fashion houses this season will have the same effect — and they pack a lot more than just perfume flacons and combs.

Gucci and Globe-Trotter canvas and leather case $2,760, matching metal bracelets with crystals, and resin ring with crystals, Gucci.

Gucci, for example, has teamed up with Globe-Trotter on a nine-piece collection that includes a small trunk with its signature bamboo handle and GG Supreme monogram canvas. Coach has a slightly rounded version with a leather top handle, while Chanel has come up with one in trendy quilted salmon pink lambskin, complete with its trademark chain and leather strap.

Signature Canvas Trail leather case, Coach. (On wrist, from top) Atelier Swarovski Fluid metal wrap bracelet with crystals, $899, matching bangle, $699, and (on index finger) Calypso metal ring with crystals, $449, Swarovski.
Lambskin and wood case, $6,510, Chanel. Atelier Swarovski Tabitha Simmons metal bracelet with crystals, $1,090, Swarovski. Prices unavailable unless stated.

Photography Vee Chin, assisted by Phyllicia Wang Styling Imran Jalal Model Kriss/Mannequin

This story first appeared in Female’s September 2018 issue.