Wood has long been used to make statement pieces in furniture and architecture, and now it can for luggage, too. Combining passions for wood carving and Italian design, EMBAWO’s Norbert Öttl designs carry-on luggage and purses that feature wood. Versatile plywoods are used, making it possible to create elaborate curves and shapes. A scratch-resistant coating protects the handmade pieces from humidity and unintentional dings. The material’s durability allows carriers to transport it easily and the light weight is a benefit for tight restrictions airlines pose on cabin baggage. Several wood varieties are used including olive, ebony, oak, and various nut trees. The luggage is a step toward sustainability in travel cases and one the company hopes will become a trend in the future.