Luggage Made in the USA

We did a ton of research to find you luggage for your next trip, whether it’s through the air or on the road. Luggage has been notoriously difficult to find made in the USA these days (especially traditional luggage pieces), but there are some brands still doing it right. Explore our findings below and happy traveling!

Full List of Made in the USA Luggage Brands

ROAM Luggage


Headquarters: San Diego, CA

States manufacturing in: CA



ROAM is based in San Diego, California and they produce customizable hard-sided luggage, however, they use the language “handcrafted in the USA” because they only assemble their luggage here, although it is assembled by hand by American workers, some of the materials they use are imported so just know that going in if you’re interested in getting some luggage from ROAM. It was really tough to find companies that are making hard-side luggage that is 100% made in the USA with all materials sourced here, but ROAM came close so we wanted to mention them here.

Cinda b


Headquarters: Fort Wayne, IN

States manufacturing in: IN



Cinda b is making some great luggage, handbags, and other accessories all 100% in the USA out of their Fort Wayne, Indiana headquarters. Their softside roller is one of their most popular options, which is perfect to carry on or stow away if you’re traveling for a few days. It is super easy to roll and has a nice carrying handle on top for going up and down stairs or lifting into the overhead bin. The suitcase material is pretty thick, so we think it should be a durable option. It also has a neat feature that they call “Big-Mouth” – essentially a large opening on both sides of the suitcase that makes it super easy to pack and unpack.

Flowfold


Headquarters: Gorham, ME

States manufacturing in: ME



Flowfold is based on Maine and makes great luggage items out of recycled materials. They don’t have any traditional wheeled luggage, but if you need a good duffel bag or backpack for travel, Flowfold is a good made in the USA option.

Lifetime Leather Co.


Headquarters: San Tan Valley, AZ

States manufacturing in: AZ



Lifetime Leather is a small company out of Arizona that is handmaking some amazing leather goods. For travel, check out their toiletry bag. They are always coming out with new products, so keep an eye out for launches to see what other travel items they come up with.

Tough Traveler


Headquarters: Schenectady, NY

States manufacturing in: NY



Tough Traveler handcrafts all of their bags at their headquarters in Schenectady, NY where they’ve been making bags and luggage since 1970. Their backpacks in particular are great travel companions for a carry-on item.

Alchemy Goods


Headquarters: Seattle, WA

States manufacturing in: WA



Alchemy Goods manufactures several bags and luggage items out of recycled bike inner tubes, upcycled denim, and repurposed banners in their Seattle, Washington facility. They pride themselves on being sustainable and practical.

Red Oxx


Headquarters: Billings, MT

States manufacturing in: MT



Red Oxx lives and breathes American made. Designed and handcrafted in Billings, Montana, they got started in 1986 and make a wide variety of durable, softside luggage that is great for long trips. They sell direct to consumers, so you won’t find their bags on any major retailers.

Vinarmour


Headquarters: Illinois

States manufacturing in: IL



Vinarmour makes a high-end wine travel case for anyone that needs something secure to carry a bottle of wine in while traveling.


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How To Find Luggage Made in the USA

Whether carrying a handbag to work, a backpack to school, or a suitcase to the airport, luggage plays a significant role in our lives. For this reason, it is crucial to invest in high-quality products that will withstand the test of time and the wear and tear of constant use.

While so many countries make and export luggage, there’s nothing better than supporting your local workers and businesses in the USA. But where do you begin to look with so much foreign competition and outsourcing?

What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulates the “made in the USA” label. Companies must adhere to strict guidelines for using the label. To be considered a product that is “made in the USA,” “all or virtually all” of the product must be made in the United States. In other words, all sourcing of the raw materials and the manufacturing of the product must occur in the USA.

Check out our labeling guide if you would like to learn more about FTC regulations and how to find products made in the USA.

Materials

The materials used to make luggage will give you an idea of where a product comes from. Research where a company sources its raw materials before purchasing a product.

We have broken down the most common materials used to make luggage into two categories: soft-side luggage materials and hard-side luggage materials.

Soft-Side Luggage

It is much easier to find soft-side luggage made in the USA than hard-side luggage.

Ballistic Nylon

Ballistic nylon is a thick synthetic nylon fabric used initially in the United States for bulletproof vests in World War II. The material originated in the USA, so many major companies producing ballistic nylon are based in the States. Most notably, DuPont, MMI Textiles, and Invista are significant players in the ballistic nylon industry.

Cordura

Also a nylon fabric but softer, Cordura fabric is used for soft-side luggage and even military gear due to its durability. Although most companies produce Cordua abroad, Invista, in Kansas, is a major producer of Cordura fabric. So, the chances that a piece of luggage made out of Cordura fabric is genuinely “made in the USA” products is quite high.

Polyester

Polyester is a great budget-friendly luggage material. China is the world’s largest polyester producer and exporter. On the other hand, the United States does not produce nearly as much as China does, but you can still find some massive polyester producers based in the U.S., such as William Barnet & Son and the Eastman Chemical Company.

Hard-Side Luggage

Hard-side luggage “made in the USA” is much harder to find. All of the following materials are produced predominately in China.

Aluminum

Aluminum luggage is a popular choice as it is lightweight and durable. China produces the most aluminum in the world by far. However, the USA produces its own aluminum. But production in the USA is not to the same extent as the biggest producers of this material. So, when looking for luggage made with aluminum, double-check the raw material source.

ABS

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a thermoplastic often used in luggage as it is scratch-resistant. The USA makes up only 3% of the total production of ABS plastic. South Korea, China, and Malaysia make up 50% of the total output.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a type of plastic that is often used in hard-side luggage. It is a good material for those looking for a lightweight but hardy suitcase. The United States is one of the primary producers of this material, producing around 11% of the world’s polycarbonates.

Handles and Wheels

When looking at the material of the luggage, you should also pay attention to the handles and wheels. Most companies manufacture their plastic handles and wheels found on luggage from polyurethane. Germany is the largest producer and exporter of the material. However, it is still possible to find polyurethane made in the USA.

Labeling

After researching the raw materials of the luggage, you will need to look at the labeling. In particular, you should look for the label: “made in the USA.”

By law, companies must label their products and state where they are made. In order for a product to earn the “made in the USA” label, “all or virtually all” of the source materials and the manufacturing of the product must take place in the United States. However, the FTC does not police the use of the labels as they should, nor is there a pre-approval process. So, in the end, it is up to the customers to do their own proper research to determine whether or not a product is truly American-made.

Another thing to look out for is labels that say “made in America” or “assembled/handcrafted in the USA.” The first label means that the product may not have been made in the USA; instead, it may have been made in Mexico or Canada. And products that are “assembled” or “handcrafted” in the USA could include non-US materials.

Other Tips

You can do more than research materials and read labels to check if a product is genuinely “made in the USA.” Here are some additional tips you can use.

Contact the Business

If you are unsure where a product is made, contact the business and ask them where their materials are sourced and where the product is manufactured. Most companies will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Look at Their Website

Take a look at the company’s website. Specifically, check out their “About Us” or “Our Story” pages or look at the product page. If their product is truly made in the USA the company will likely advertise it loudly on their website because it is a great selling point.

It is worth noting that although labeling is required for the physical product, online, there is no legal need to state where a product is made. So, if you can’t find information regarding where a particular piece of luggage is made, it is likely not made in the USA.

If you like some of the leather and canvas options above, be sure to check out our post on leather bags made in the USA.


Luggage Not Made in the USA

Here is a list of luggage brands we found that are not made in the USA. We’ll keep this list updated as we do more research.

  • Away – made in China
  • Eagle Creek – ceased operations at the end of 2021, but was previously made overseas
  • Revo Luggage – made overseas
  • Samsonite – production spread across India, Europe, China, and other countries
  • Tumi – made in China
  • Wolfman Motorcycle Luggage – made in China