MICHAUD24 panniers, £200 (pair), www.michaudapparel.com
The poshest panniers here by a mile, the Michaud24s brings a little French élan to commuting luggage. The 20-litre business pannier, weighing 2.2kg, has space for cards, pens and comes with a leather laptop/document sleeve. The matching 25-litre, 1.9kg leisure pannier has a front pocket that will hold the head of your squash or tennis racket; you can clip both together to use for weekend trips. The luxurious lining’s only currently available in merlot, but Michaud plans to launch other colours soon.
To attach the Michaud24s at the forward-facing angle, just drop the clips over your rack and, if the heavens open, pull out the rain covers from underneath. Stylish enough for the smartest office, versatile and practical, the Michaud24 has the luxury market sewn up.