Since 1897, Globe-Trotter’s philosophy has remained unchanged: to maintain an uncompromising integrity of craftsmanship. All Globe-Trotter suitcases and leather travel accessories are handcrafted in Hertfordshire, England, by highly skilled artisans using original manufacturing methods and machinery, many of which date back to the Victorian era.
Now a modern-day classic, Globe-Trotter suitcases combine a uniquely strong, yet lightweight functionality with an iconic aesthetic. As a case travels the world it develops a unique character, continually improving with age. The leather collections adhere to the same core values that define the brand’s luxury spirit, drawing on a rich historical archive and the same handcrafted approach to production.
Globe-Trotter products have been used by a distinguished client list over the years, including some of the world’s most influential individuals. Their durability combined with their light construction made Globe-Trotter suitcases the choice of countless explorers including Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Edmund Hillary. Sir Winston Churchill used a Globe-Trotter Dispatch Case while he was Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1924. HM Queen Elizabeth II chose Globe-Trotter for her honeymoon luggage in 1947 and continues to use her cases to this day. Globe-Trotter regularly appears by the sides of some much-loved personalities, including David Beckham, Eddie Redmayne and Kate Moss, as well as on the silver screen as James Bond’s luggage of choice in Spectre.
2017 marks Globe-Trotter’s 120th anniversary and to celebrate, the collections have taken inspiration from various aspects of the brand’s rich heritage. An extraordinary suitcase that recently found its way into the Globe-Trotter archive has provided the source of inspiration for the spring/summer 2017 collection. The unassuming exterior of the original 1960s trunk belies the captivating secret concealed within: a beautiful collection of over 50 travel stickers from all around the globe.
From Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to Singapore and Tokyo, from Rome and Beirut, Honolulu and New York, the case travelled the world with its owner Hilary Farish, a BOAC air hostess between 1960 and 1969.
Globe-Trotter’s designer, Charlotte Seddon, has taken strong, angular shapes from the mid-century graphics on the stickers and reinterpreted them as contemporary bags and accessories in fresh, summery tones such as Desert Rose, Marine, Clay Grey and Peony. The stickers also appear as suitcase and bag linings and as leather patches hand-appliquéd onto passport sleeves and folios. Each piece evokes the excitement and glamour of travelling the world and discovering exotic, far-flung places during what was the golden age of air travel.
For autumn/winter 2017, Globe-Trotter is going back to its roots by revisiting its very first London premises on St John’s Street in Clerkenwell. The Victorian building, a former brewery, encapsulates the spirit of the industrial revolution and was the home of Globe-Trotter manufacturing from the 1930s up until the 1980s, when production relocated to Hertfordshire. The building’s red brick façade is at once utilitarian yet subtly decorative with a series of distinctively patterned terracotta tiles.
Seddon has reinterpreted these tiles as embellishments and motifs on the suitcases and leather accessories in the Globe-Trotter A/W’17 collection. Using warm tones of earthy, brick red and muted, mustard yellow, the legacy of St John’s Street lives on as richly printed suitcase linings, inlaid fibreboard box clutch bags and embroidered details on leather totes and purses.
So, with one eye on the past, Globe-Trotter is looking forward to the next 120 years, ready to inspire and equip a new generation of adventurers.
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