Globe-Trotter’s AW17 collection presentation was by far the most personal collection presentation I attended this season because Globe-Trotter luggage was the first travel suitcase I ever owned. My uncle gave me a brown Original 26” Suitcase when I was 10 years old to be my travel companion for my first solo long distance trip to come to the UK to study. (Yes! I flew a 15 hour flight alone across a few continents to another country that I could hardly speak the language, when I was 10 years old!) So, these suitcases really do have strong connections with me and my childhood. Since then, I have always travelled with Globe-Trotter suitcases everywhere I go. Added to my collection are now a pair of orange Centenary Trolley Cases in 26” and 21” sizes, which are more convenient to travel with because they have wheels. [See my previous post for more detail]
Secondly, 2017 also marks 120th anniversary of the brand, so they are celebrating this very special occasion by creating a special limited edition of Globe-Trotter products inspired by embossed brickwork pattern on the former factory building on St. John Street in Clerkenwell. The collection was also unveiled at this historical site together with original archive pieces on display to showcase its brand heritage and evolution since 1897.
I find the new seasonal colours such as pink and yellow lots of fun. They definitely take these classic beautiful suitcases into modern day fashionable trends. The new jewellery cases in pink and the box clutch bags have already been added to my Wishlist!
However, as a long time Globe-trotter user, the real reasons why these classics are the best luxury travel suitcases you can own in my opinion are as follow:
Although travel suitcases have become much lighter these days due to innovative new materials such as carbon fibre etc. Globe-trotter is still one of the lightest luggage available on the market, and it is made from high density cardboard that has undergone patented process, so it is also environmentally friendly because the whole case can easily be recycled, not to mentioned waterproof.
I have my Original brown suitcase for 27 years now, and before that it used to belong to my uncle. These beautiful suitcases will last for generations if you look after them properly, no matter how many times you take them travelling with you.
Any parts of the suitcase can be repaired or replaced or patched up very easily. For example, if the leather corners or straps are worn out, you can bring them to Globe-Trotter to have them replaced. All the panels on the luggage as well, can be replaced with new pieces for they become damaged, or a patch can be applied over the existing panel to cover and strengthen the damaged area.
4. HIGH CAPACITY & CUSTOMISABLE
Globe-trotter’s shell is very thin, and shaped into almost a perfect rectangle with no uneven surfaces on the underside, or round corners found in so many other brands. This means that everything can be laid flat and the whole interior space can be used to maximum capacity. These suitcases may look small but they have very high capacity. Also, the interiors can be customised to suit your special needs.
These are the classics, and they are super stylish. I receive complements and questions about my suitcases on almost every trip I take. The wear and tear of the leather, the flight stickers and scratches on the panels, all add character and charm to these suitcases. They become more beautiful and more personalised with age. It is also handy to choose one with bright colours, such as the orange Centenary, which still looks classic even if it is a colour option, because it is so convenient to be able to spot your suitcases amongst a sea of black luggage on conveyor belts at an airport from miles away! Trust me, the colour REALLY helps! For mine, I never hide them in a closet when I am at home. I stack them up on the floor next to my sofa and display them as part of the interior décor of my living room. I think they add a pop of colour and personality to the space, so you can always use them as your interior props too.
Do you have these suitcases at home? Do you agree with the reasons listed above? I would love to hear your feedback from fellow travellers…
PHOTOGRAPHER: Julia Jevzikova