Melbourne-born luggage brand July is a self-dubbed “Samsonite killer”, selling comparable bags – with a lifetime guarantee – at less than half the price. This Collingwood store, one of two in Melbourne, is also its HQ.
The brand’s hard cases are available here in numerous colours and sizes, ranging from the carry-on 42 litres to a hefty 110 litres. Each one is made of tough, scratch-resistant German polycarbonate, which can handle any sort of punishment rogue baggage handlers might dish out. Built-in combination locks keep the contents safe.
The handles have more than 20 different stops (as opposed to the usual three or four) to accommodate people of all different heights, and inside each case there’s a water- and smell-resistant laundry bag, two compartments and a Y-shaped compression strap (the over-packer’s best friend). Certain models also contain a USB-C port and removable battery, so you can charge your phone and laptop while travelling. The hard cases have lifetime warranties.
Newer additions to the line-up include a tough, minimalist, nylon tote bag with spots for a laptop and water bottle; and backpack and weekender version of the same. This range comes with a five-year warranty. July also sells accessories including toiletry bags, luggage tags and water bottles.
Shoppers at this physical store still receive all the benefits of the brand’s popular online model, such as a 100-day trial and those generous warranties.