Chic and elegant
Easy to maneuver
Lacks organizational features
Pricey for its size
In searching for the perfect checked luggage, I came across the Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner and decided to put it to the test with my family. A lot of factors are at play when you take a trip, and finding the right suitcase can help your travels go smoothly. Lipault’s bags draw color inspiration from the Parisian runways and are specifically designed with style and elegance in mind. We wanted to see if this bag made the cut in terms of durability and functionality as well. Read on to see what we discovered after taking a trip with the Original Plume Spinner.
Design: Stylish and compact, but not roomy enough
There’s no doubt about it: The Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner is one stylish piece of luggage. It is an easy-to-maneuver, chic suitcase that will make you feel like you are traveling in VIP style. We particularly love the shiny nylon twill exterior, which gives it a luxe but modern and minimalist look. Plus, with the vibrant colors (such as Navy, as we received) it comes in, it’s sure to stand out at the baggage claim.
There’s no doubt about it: The Lipault Original Plume Spinner is one stylish piece of luggage.
The soft, cushiony structure is a nice touch, too—and not just because it looks good. The PVC reinforced nylon is waterproof and durable. I have owned a couple of Lipault suitcases for over seven years now, and aside from getting a lot of stains and scuffs (many of which I haven’t been able to clean off), they have stood the test of time. The material is strong enough to withstand rough handling at airports. The side carry handles are also soft and padded. I was able to carry and maneuver the suitcase very comfortably without hurting my hands.
I tested the 25-inch spinner, and my one big complaint is how little I was able to pack in it. Though compact, the suitcase does look roomy from the outside. But upon opening it, I quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to fit much. Once I had my toiletry bag, two pairs of shoes, a curling iron, and one big packing cube with three days’ worth of clothes for transitional weather, the suitcase was already full. Plus, it doesn’t have the ability to expand. As an overpacker, I would opt for the 26-inch version. That said, the Original Plume Spinner is way better suited for those who pack light but perhaps still want to check their bags in for those full-sized shampoo bottles.
I have owned a couple of Lipault suitcases for over seven years now, and aside from stains and scuffs, they have stood the test of time.
Portability: Super lightweight and a smooth roll
This is a bag that’s meant to be checked, but it is compact and feather-light! The 25-inch version measures 25.6 x 17 x 9.4 inches and weighs less than 6 pounds. The wheels, which are multidirectional with a 360-degree rotation, move easily in all directions and on most surfaces (it was a bit trickier to roll on paved and uneven streets). On a smooth surface, you can simply take out the telescoping handle, which you can store seamlessly in a stowaway zip pocket, to guide the suitcase along without much effort.
It can stand upright, even when it is packed to the brim. I was able to check in at the counter and wait for a cab without having to worry about it tipping over. Finally, the soft structure allows for easy storage. It can flatten ever so slightly, which means it takes up less space than a hard-case bag. Plus, if you have more than one Lipault suitcase, you can stack them into each other for even easier storage.
Organizational Features: Leaves much to be desired
This checked bag, which has a fully lined polyester interior, has a very basic organizational design. Though it features an exterior front pocket, an interior lateral zipped pocket, and an interior flap zippered pocket, practically speaking, you’re forced to use the one big compartment for everything.
The Original Plume Spinner is way better suited for those who pack light.
Though the company claims that the tie-down interior straps keep your belongings in place, they don’t. The second that I stood the suitcase up, all of my clothes and accessories shifted to the bottom of the suitcase—even with packing cubes. Within seconds, it was a mess. The one silver lining is that as your clothes shift downward, it may actually make more space for additional items.
The side and front pockets are too thin and don’t expand much, so it’s hard to fit anything in those other than magazines, books, or other flat accessories. Overall, we felt the packing functionality was limited—unless you simply want a bag for a quick weekend getaway with a couple of outfits and a few additional items.
Price: Expensive for the room you get
The Lipault Paris Original Plume 25-inch Spinner retails for just under $300 (depending on the color, though, you can find it for closer to $200). And though it is undeniably stylish and ultra-light, it lacks space and the organizational features that could make packing and traveling a whole lot easier. There are much cheaper bags that offer more options and versatility for your travels.
Overall, we felt the packing functionality was limited—unless you simply want a bag for a quick weekend getaway.
Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner vs. Samsonite Silhouette Xv Hardside Spinner
Though both the Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner and the Samsonite Silhouette Xv Hardside Spinner suitcases offer comparable sizes (and similar prices), the Lipault spinner feels much smaller and more portable. This is a good thing if you like to travel light, but if you are an over-packer (like me), you’ll prefer the Samsonite. The latter’s two clamshell compartments let you fit so much more, and, unlike the Lipault, it is expandable. Plus, the main compartment of the Lipault suitcase doesn’t keep things contained and organized, whereas the clamshell design allows for more organizational solutions.
Though you’d think that a hardshell suitcase offers more protection than a soft bag, the Original Plume Spinner is sturdy and mighty. The reinforced nylon provides a cushiony padded layer that is sure to keep your belongings safe and secure.
However, even though we didn’t find the Samsonite quite as visually appealing as the Lipault, we think it is a better investment in terms of functionality, as it’s packed with useful features that will make traveling easier.
If you are a minimalist packer who cares about looks, then the Lipault Paris Original Plume Spinner may be for you (though we would recommend going for a darker shade to avoid stains). However, the lack of practicality when it comes to packing is disappointing, and if you like an organized bag, it’s best to choose a different option.
- Product Name Original Plume Spinner
- Product Brand Lipault Paris
- SKU 8604253
- Price $295.00
- Weight 5 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 25.6 x 17 x 9.4 in.
- Color Cherry red, navy, black
- Material water-resistant, PVC-reinforced nylon
- Warranty 3 years