It has been confirmed that the official population of wheeled luggage items continues to grow confirming the British public’s love affair with the extending handed items, until recently considered no more than a useful travel accessory.
Throughout the country people now go about their daily business accompanied by their wheelie bags, proudly selected to reflect the owner’s individuality. The sight of people exercising their large Samsonites in leafy municipal parks alongside the fashionable parading their dainty Louis Vuitton keepalls has become a common sight over the past few years.
Now a must-have lifestyle item, many people say wheeled luggage has revolutionised their lives. ‘My exercise regime has changed completely since I got my new wheels’ said 44 year old Steve Browning. ‘It also gives me an excuse to go down the pub in the evening. I just tell the misses I’m taking the bag for a walk and can have a sly pint or two on the way home. Of course, I’m lucky because my pub is luggage friendly and makes me and my wheeled Nike duffle very welcome. Sadly, some of these gastro pubs have become quite baggist and banned wheeled luggage on health and safety grounds. Something about trip hazards apparently.’
There is growing evidence to suggest that usage has now crossed over to the street scene. In South East London, local youths are regularly seen pulling along Ecko or Mishka bags and the hash tag ‘#WotUTrailing?’ frequently tops the trending on Twitter.
Inevitably, as the desire grows to be seen with the very latest wheeled holdall there are casualties. Previously much loved cases find themselves casually discarded by their owners. Fortunately, a refuge centre has been founded where abandoned luggage can receive much needed care and eventually be made available to good homes.
The refuge has only been open for a few months but is already being patronised by the Hampstead set. ‘We discovered this place recently and have been recommending it to all of our friends.‘ said Caroline Hall, from Highgate. ‘Taking care of a rescued wheeled travel item is very rewarding. It’s so good to be able to give something back and, unlike taking on a previously mistreated dog from an RSPCA centre, there’s no baggage whatsoever.’