– By Elizabeth Hunt Brockway –
Founded in 1897, Globe-Trotter is a timeless and classic English brand. The bags take the traditional form—boxy rectangular cases rarely seen today, reminiscent of a time when jet setters dressed to the nines to travel the skies. Each bag is handmade in Broxbourne, Hertforshire, UK (about 20 miles outside of central London) with the same techniques used over a century ago when the first bags were crafted. Made with a hardened fibreboard body, a material developed by the Brits in the mid 19th century, they are finished with leather handles and leather capped corners. Today, many of the styles have been modernized with wheels making the luggage more convenient for the current traveler always on the go. And while the bags look effortlessly chic straight from the store, they only get better with age and wear. Unlike other brands where scrapes and stains might ruin their veneer, the Globe-Trotter suitcase earns an edge with its travel wounds. It might just be me, but each new stamp in my passport marking my voyage into a new country seems like a personal token of triumph; with these trunk like bags, we can do the same, bringing back the old style of “stickering” our suitcase, letting each one tell a story of where its been.
Though there are always the classic shades and styles, the brand recently introduced a line of soft leather bags fit for carry-ons, a first in their history. This past April, joining the rest of the world (or at least Britain and America) in the Royal-Wedding-Fever, Globe-Trotter had a specialty line of Kate and William bags. Though these are no longer available, the brand does offers a few other “limited editions” styles on their website, including “Candy”—a suitcase with a hot pink body. The wide variety of styles are available for purchase in stores all around the world as well as their website, www.globetrotter1897.com. In the recent years, American prep-favorite store, J Crew, has partnered with the historic brand selling a few items on their website as well.
Over the past 100 years, Globe-Trotter has racked up its fair share of notable patrons including former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, and Sir Edmund Hillary on the first successful trek to the summit of Mount Everest. And though we might not have her jewels, we can now travel in her style with luggage fit for the Queen.
Elizabeth Hunt Brockway is a fashion, art, and film obsessed writer and photographer from Washington, DC. She began her career at fashion PR firm, PR Consulting, followed by a year interning at American Vogue, and is presently working with stylist Elissa Santisi and Into the Gloss blogger, Emily Weiss. She currently resides in Manhattan.