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Best Customized Garment Bags

by Albert Varkki updated 01-09-2023

best custom garment bags

A high-quality garment bag will save your clothes from getting wrinkles on your journey. But having a custom bag is a stylish way to make the bag unique to you.

We've collected our top picks for high-end and fashionable garment bags that can be customized below:

Best Custom Garment Bags

Here are our top garment bag picks by type and style:

Best Garment Bag for Men

grand leather garment travel bag in brown

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag

Made from genuine full grain leather, you can't get much better quality than this garment bag. The customization allows you to change the color, and add a custom message or monogram of your choice to the bag via a laser engraving. The bag unfolds to pack your suit, and it complies with carry-on luggage requirements.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Ideal for a wedding or work event.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Garment Bag for Women

grand leather garment bag womens

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag

This is a full grain leather bag, which is the highest quality leather you can use, ensuring it ages well with leather patina. It's a weekender style garment bag, meaning you can use either the detachable shoulder strap, or the top handles. It's a great size, ideal for carrying a dress to your location without creasing it. You can add a custom monogram to the bag, including a laser engraved message.

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a dress or garment without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Why Choose a Garment Bag?

The primary purpose of a garment bag is to keep your clothes fresh and free from wrinkles. This may be particularly appealing if you’re flying away for a special occasion like a wedding. 

A garment bag can be particularly useful if you’re unsure whether you’ll have access to a steamer or will have time to de-wrinkle your clothing before the big event.

I love using a garment bag when traveling for work, as it helps me arrive at my destination with a pressed suit to wear for my meetings.

Factors To Consider

Height/Length of Bag

If you are interested in purchasing a garment bag, it’s important to think carefully about length. Some bags are short, and you may have no choice but to fold your clothes to ensure they fit. 

Think about your height as well as the items you want to travel with. If you’re only likely to pack shirts and a few other short garments, a short garment bag should be fine. However, you will need a longer one if you want to pack items like trousers or a long dress - we've certainly found this to be a lifesaver.

Storage features

It’s common for modern garment bags to have extra storage features which will accommodate goods like shoes, laptops, and non-hanging clothes. 

If you want to travel light, think about purchasing a garment bag that has additional pockets and compartments so you can reduce the number of suitcases you’re using. From our experience, you should choose the largest possible bag that fits within carry-on luggage requirements.

Foldability

Most garments will fold when they have nothing in them. However, look for one that will also fold when it is full. Around a fortnight before your trip is due to get underway, pack your garment bag in the same manner you will a couple of weeks down the line. 

If it doesn’t fold with ease, you will need to look for a garment bag that will, or alternatively, reduce the number of items on your packing list - not an ideal solution, but required if you want your suit to survive!

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FAQs

Are Garment Bags Treated as Carry-ons? 

As long as your garment bag does not exceed your airline’s size limits, it can be used as a carry-on. Most airlines say your carry-on can’t be longer than 24 inches. It’s best to check with the specific airline to make sure, as restrictions can vary from one airline to another. 

The garment bag will count as your carry-on bag, so you need to use a personal item for another bag, or purchase extra allowances.

Best Way To Pack a Garment Bag

Before you pack, ensure all the garments you want to take with you will actually fit inside the bag and are free from wrinkles. You then need to add them to hangers and put them inside your bag (or alternatively, choose a bag with a built-in hanger).

You can also cover each item with a plastic dry cleaning bag - best for extra protection. 

Hanging multiple items on a single hanger will help you to save space (but comes with its own limitations, eg if the suit is large). Once your hanging clothing is packed, fill any zippered pockets and pouches with accessories - think about those you'll need on your trip. 

Remember to avoid stuffing the pockets, as this can make it hard to close your garment bag!

Bifold vs Trifold

You can fold a bifold bag in half once it is packed, whereas you can fold a tri-fold into thirds. Both types of bags have their own process and cons. Trifold bags tend to be longer but pack up smaller.  However, it can be harder to fit so many items into these bags. Bifolds are normally more spacious, but they can be tougher to carry for lengthy periods because of their extra length.

Conclusion

That's the end of our best customized garment bags post!

We hope you found all of the information useful. If you ever need any help with anything to do with bags or fashion, feel free to contact the Von Baer team, at info@vonbaer.com.

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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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