Last week I returned to California with my friends at Ferrari to test drive the California T, a kickass roadster with all-new twin-turbo V8. The trip was short: travel out on Wednesday, drive Thursday, fly back on the red eye overnight on Friday. Obviously this was going to be a hand baggage only trip.
So I took my new super lightweight polycarbonate Delsey Helium Air 2 case with me: it’s a special limited edition version of Delsey’s iconic best-selling case released to celebrate their 70th anniversary. (And we’re giving away a Delsey Cabin case at the end of this post)
The House of Delsey was founded in Paris in 1946 to produce leather cases for digital cameras and devices, and it wasn’t until 1970 that the brand launched Delsey Airstyle, the very first line of hard-shelled luggage, and invented the Trolley System. (I remember very clearly that my parents had an entire range of the iconic hard shell Delsey luggage in the 80s.)
These days a Delsey bag is sold every 10 seconds, and the heavy hard-shell cases are a thing of the past: these days it’s all about superbly constructed, lightweight and durable luggage. They’re subjected to an extraordinary range of tests: from 5000 pulls of the zipper fastenings, to 7500 pulls of the integral trolley system.
So, is it possible to fit everything in this compact cabin case? Well, yes, as it turned out. Instead of taking a large handbag for my laptop, snacks (vital), magazines, water bottle, headphones and make up bag, I took my Vuitton carryall (which is just under cabin size, and fitted neatly on top of the Delsey for wheeling) in case I wanted to bring anything back with me, or bought any duty-free, and the combination of the two was perfect. It also meant that I didn’t need to unzip my Delsey at security – or at any point on the flight.
I really like the mesh cover on one side of the bag, which kept my clothes separate and flat. So on that side, I managed to fit jeans, underwear, bras & socks, leggings & gym vest, a large Breton sweater, silk scarf, five pretty tops, a cocktail dress, slip, nightie, and a swimsuit. (I pretty much packed everything in navy and white so it all went together.)
On the right, I fitted my multi-tasking grey Nike trainers (good for gym, light hiking and driving), Gucci loafers – they go with everything, silver evening shoes (similar here), a clear plastic cosmetic bag with contacts, cottonwool and cotton buds, and my padded Eagle Creek tech box containing a huge array of chargers, cables, spare phones, headphones etc etc.
If you’d like to be given your own Delsey 55cm Cabin Case, just leave a comment below telling us whether you are a light or a heavy packer! And why! The terms & conditions for the giveaway can he found here: www.libertylondongirl.com/competitions
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. RECIPIENT TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
The Delsey Helium Air2 Cabin Case sitting pretty in the Virgin Revivals Upper Class lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3
For its 70th anniversary, DELSEY has chosen Paris for the launch of its first Pop-Up Store, an elegant setting for its birthday celebrations. The Paris retail experience, which is open from May 21 to June 19, marks the highpoint of a special year, punctuated by events and innovative launches that recognise the brand’s importance.
The Helium Air 2 will be available in five sizes : Cabin Slim 55 cm , 55 cm Cabin , 64 cm, 70 cm and 76 cm; and in three colors: grey, purple and light blue, and with an exclusive 70’s style lining.
This post was written in association with Delsey. Sasha was a guest of Ferrari and Visit California in California in May 2016.