Why Globe-Trotter is the only luxury luggage choice
With its esteemed history and renowned craftsmanship, Globe-Trotter luggage has been the choice of sophisticated travellers since 1897. For more than a century, the world’s most elegant jet-setters have taken Globe-Trotter suitcases on their travels. With a pedigree as rich and esteemed as the airline it is often seen on – British Airways – Globe-Trotter is the ultimate marriage of luxury and practicality
When Globe-Trotter was first established in 1897, the thought of flying was beyond most people’s imagination. Journeys were made by horse-drawn carriage, steam train and cruise liner, and luggage needed to be robust enough to endure harsh conditions, yet attractive enough to appeal to aristocratic Victorian travellers.
When creating his first suitcases, the company’s British founder, David Nelken, devised a way to mould a new material – vulcanised fibreboard – which provided a remarkably durable and lightweight support structure. Globe-Trotter is still the only luggage in the world allowed to use this patented secret formula. It’s a unique process that can’t be replicated in factories, which is why each Globe-Trotter piece is still handmade today.
With their focus on quality and elegance, Globe-Trotter bags drew the attention of discerning early-20th-century travellers, from explorers Captain Scott (of the Antarctic) and Sir Edmund Hillary, to politicians and princesses. Winston Churchill packed his most important documents and possessions in his Globe-Trotter bag. And HRH Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip took a set with them on honeymoon in 1947 – and made Globe-Trotter their luggage of choice ever since. More recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Angeline Jolie, David Beckham, Kate Moss and Daniel Craig have joined the brand’s legions of fans.
Many people who invest in a set of Globe-Trotter luggage will visit the company’s workshops in Hertfordshire to have bespoke pieces designed for them and to ensure their bags are beautifully maintained. Globe-Trotter luggage is made to last for countless trips, and many families pass their bags down to children and grandchildren to serve a new generation of explorers and adventurers.
The brand’s timeless good looks mean the latest collections feel up to date while maintaining the essence and details of the company’s earliest designs – but with modern conveniences. The suitcases now come with four wheels, retractable handles, locks and sizes that are ideal for today’s traveller, whether journeying by plane, train, car or ship.
For those seeking a vintage aesthetic, the Centenary range was designed to celebrate the company’s history, with the leather straps and corners the brand is famous for. But you can’t beat a classic, which is where the simple, smart Original range comes in, being understated and with an air of authority.
Although the world’s first scheduled international flight departed from London in 1919, it’s the 1950s and 1960s that are considered the ‘golden age of flying’, when sophisticated passengers started taking to the skies in great numbers - and carrying Globe-Trotter bags all over the world with them. It was this era that inspired the new Albion range, which has a light and airy retro appeal.
But for a true icon, look no further than the collaboration between Globe-Trotter and British Airways. The two brands have flown around the world together countless times, so it’s fitting that a limited-edition bag now celebrates this.
The BOAC Speedbird Carry-on was created to commemorate the retirement of BA’s 747 plane from the skies. When it launched, British Airways was known as the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), and the bag comes in BOAC’s original pearl and navy livery. The lining features ink sketches of the 747, and each of the 150 limited-edition suitcases contains a small fragment of this remarkable plane inside the lid. It’s a wonderful memento of the past – and the perfect companion for the flights of tomorrow.
Find out more about Globe-Trotter’s history, current collections and bespoke bags at globe-trotter.com