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You can buy a luggage tag almost anywhere. What you strangely can’t buy very many places is a high quality and tasteful luggage tag. It’s honestly a bit of a paradox. Most small consumer goods in this country are so cheap in both price and make that anyone looking for something well made has to spend an absurd amount of time looking for something that will last longer than a few rungs through the carousel of destruction at the hands of your friend airline baggage handler.
There are actually a lot of synthetic/plastic options out that there that seem decent enough, but I don’t want to put something too tech on my luggage (personal preference maybe). Additionally, there are quite a few companies that make good luggage tags from nice leather, but the problem I always seem to encounter is often that they use cheap hardware. A shitty clasp is a deal-breaker for me, I want something solid that is going to last for at least two decades and I am willing to pay for it. Enter the Tanner Goods luggage tags and my hunt may be over.
Tanner Goods sells luggage tags in a variety of colors of (pictured above and below) that are made from top quality Horween Chromexcel and a solid brass clasp and closure. The design is simple and the construction is nice, it’s everything I want to buy. As an added bonus, they offer it in a natural leather that is going to look amazing in a few years of use. The only thing I don’t really love is the exterior branding on the back side. I know why this is there and I don’t totally fault Tanner Goods for it, but if I’m going to pay the money, I’d like it to be free from branding. That said, I’m sure if you called them and asked for a tag sans logo they would happily oblige.
There’s other companies out there that are also turning quality stuff, Ettinger is one of them. I picked up a collaboration luggage tag that they made for Monocle Magazine and have been quite pleased with it. Made from nice leather and it feels solid. It’s a different thing than what Tanner Goods does, but still pretty good. The gents from Billykirk also makes a great option that has a bit more design to it than the Tanner Goods offerings — some are into that sort of thing and some like the simplicity that Tanner Goods offers. It’s worth pointing out that almost every Billykirk bag comes with a luggage tag, which is a really nice touch.
After a long hunt and far too much thought on this subject, I put forward the Tanner Goods luggage tag as best in class. May you never lose your bag and have to use it.