Luggage for Life: A Guide to the Materials that Make Our Beauty and Quality
Our bestselling Starlet Carryon and Stowaway as shot in Kenya

Unparalleled Craftsmanship Requires Unparalleled Materials

SteamLine Luggage creates pieces of substance with a variety of leathers and fabrics. Our cases are built to last, to help carry you through life—not just from one destination to another. More than just a pretty case, our luggage, whether the leather or fabric-based models, is designed with form and function in mind. In the execution of each SteamLine collection, our engineers balance maximum durability with minimum weight by using innovative materials that withstand modern travel yet still carry light. To create these high-performance travel companions, we use a variety of luxurious and long-lasting materials, including full-grain leather, vegan and vegetarian leather, linen, and more.

The SteamLine Materials

SteamLine Luggage currently uses five styles of materials in creating the glamorous, old-world inspired cases and objets d’art you know and love. Each material gives a different look and may require specific care instructions.

Full-Grain Leather

Creating the most natural look, full-grain leather is leather that has been neither sanded nor buffed, so it retains all natural marks and imperfections. This creates an evocative authenticity, truly reminiscent of the old world. The natural grain is especially durable, and will develop a beautiful patina over time. Leather care for full-grain leather is rather simple, as the natural evolution of the case is part of its charm. Full-grain leather wears beautifully and will change subtly with use and time.


The SteamLine Luggage all-leather Pioneer, not currently in line

Our all-leather Pioneer, now available with a beautiful honeycomb lining. 

Top-Grain Leather

Exclusively used for our corners, handles, and straps, top-grain leather is a split layer where the imperfections have been sanded away. This solid leather is more workable and lighter for travel. This particular leather features a stunning finish that gives the case a smooth feel and look, while also preventing stains from setting. You’ll see top-grain leather incorporated into our cases through the rich, substantial straps and durable corner pieces.

The SteamLine Luggage bonded-leather Orange Anthropologist and Cream Diplomat

Our bonded-leather Orange Anthropologist and Cream Diplomat

Bonded Leather

Beneath the top-grain leather straps and corner pieces, you’ll find our beautiful bonded leather. This material graces many of SteamLine’s beautiful leather luggage pieces. We choose bonded leather to cover the larger surface area of our cases because it is lightweight and durable, making it ideal for modern travel. This particular style of leather is a low-waste option, created by bonding smaller pieces of leather together before stretching them over a fiber sheet.


Vegan-leather Alchemist and Navy Entrepreneur by SteamLine Luggage
Our vegan-leather Alchemist (now available in a stunning rose gold motif) and Navy Entrepreneur

Vegan or Vegetarian Leather

Vegan leather—sometimes referred to as vegetarian leather—is a cruelty-free leather alternative. Made with sustainable materials, this vegan-friendly leather is made to imitate leather. However, besides being animal friendly, the price point of vegan leather is also attractive. Lightweight and durable, this leather alternative is a beautiful option for leather luggage if you’re looking for an animal-friendly option.


SteamLine Luggage's linen-and-leather Editor in Black and Teal. Hatbox photo by Whitney Lee Morris.
Our linen-and-leather Editor in Black and Teal. Hatbox photo by Whitney Lee Morris.

Flax or Linen

Turning now towards SteamLine’s fabric materials, flax or linen materials are renowned for their beauty and durability. Linen is made from fibers of the flax plant and is one of the oldest textiles in the world, making it the perfect material for SteamLine’s old-world glamour. The linen used on our cases is a thicker variety of that used for clothing, making it even stronger and more durable. Though it is designed to resist tarnishes, it is also easy to clean with a mild foam cleanser as necessary.

Our best-selling Sweetheart and Pink Botanist with bodies of Pasco fiberboard. Photo of the Botanist is by @princessbermuda.
Our best-selling Sweetheart and Pink Botanist with bodies of Pasco fiberboard. Photo of the Botanist is by @princessbermuda.

Pasco Fiberboard

With Pasco fiberboard, a versatile Japanese fiberboard, SteamLine has crafted a wide variety of colorful cases. Made with wood pulp and recycled paper, Pasco fiberboard is a water-resistant and environmentally sustainable material. It is uniquely able to take vibrant color, creating a modern look that combines the old world with the new. The Pasco fiberboard material is coupled with SteamLine’s beautiful top-grain leather straps to make for a gorgeously cohesive mixed-media look.


SteamLine Luggage's Starlet Collection on the Beach


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