“ Brand: Pierre Cardin / Available: Various sizes / Style: Standard Cases / Trolley: 2 Wheels / Type: Soft Case „
A new suitcase for my holiday (back in September) was part of my very long 'to buy' list, and I ended up visiting quite a few shops before I found one which fit the bill. My old suitcase was falling apart and always ended up covering everything inside with bits of plastic - how, I don't know - so I was on the lookout for something more durable that would last.
Luggage is one of the few things I won't turn to the internet for as I believe in seeing it, feeling it and testing out the handle and wheels before buying. So after trying a couple of bag shops with no success, I decided to go to TK Maxx. A set of plum and grey suitcases caught my eye, and when I looked at the label and found they were Pierre Cardin, I was expecting them to be pretty expensive but was pleased to find that the largest was only £49.99 (cheaper on Amazon.co.uk, so worth shopping round). The suitcases are sold separately, but you can also buy them as a full set (large, medium, small and a holdall) online. They are also available in a pale blue and grey colour combination for a slightly more masculine look.
I went for the large suitcase, which measures 71(H) x 45(W) x 28(D) cm. It looks big on the outside, but for some reason it didn't hold as much as I thought. However, it was enough for me for a week's holiday (and to be fair I did take practically two weeks' worth of clothes plus about four pairs of shoes, amongst other things). The suitcase has an extender zip around the side so it does expand. It's not the lightest in the world, but the quality is excellent for both the zips, interior and exterior. The pull-out handle is smooth and easy to operate via a push-in button on the top. Unlike other suitcases I've had in the past, this Pierre Cardin case is easy to manoeuvre and the case doesn't do that annoying tilting-from-side-to-side thing as you're pulling it, but glides along smoothly on two black wheels.
The suitcase also has a zipped compartment on the front, which follows the line of the top plum wave you can see in the picture. This is a really nice feature as you can't tell it's a pocket until you examine it closely, and it does come in useful as it's nice and deep despite not extending very much across. The wave design does make it easier to spot on airport conveyor belts as it's quite a striking design. The fact that it's grey does help somewhat if it's put on the belt upside down, as many people tend to go for black.
The suitcase also comes with a small but strong-looking padlock and keys, although I never lock my luggage up so can't really comment on how useful it is in practice.
Inside, the suitcase is lined with a loose, man-made fabric (which looks to be polyester or similar), with 'Pierre Cardin' written repeatedly in black at an angle. There are adjustable straps to secure clothes in the bottom, and unlike cheaper cases, there's no annoying or wasted space due to the handles being poorly or thinly positioned.
There's only one real disadvantage to this suitcase, and that's how easily it dirtied. Upon collecting my luggage in Crete, I found that there was a big black dirty mark on the front, which I wasn't impressed by as it was the first time I'd used it. So if you're concerned about how your luggage looks, then you probably want to go for a darker colour. I was half expecting my suitcase to be even worse on landing back at Manchester, but it didn't seem to have suffered any more, luckily. I guess it's just down to chance, the airport and the baggage handlers as to whether it will remain clean on the journey!
Overall, I would highly recommend this suitcase as it's great quality, not expensive, and should last several years.
Large suitcase: 71(H) x 45(W) x 28(D) cm.
Medium suitcase: 61(H) x 39(W) x 24(D) cm
Small suitcase: 51(H) x 34(W) x 22(D) cm
Wheeled Holdall: 30(H) x 46(L) x 32(W) cm.