There’s a unique kind of anxiety associated with baggage collection while travelling – whether seizing it from the overhead compartment while apologising for holding up fellow passengers, or waiting for your case to come out of the hold after a long-haul flight. Will someone else with almost-identical luggage reach for yours? Such are the perils of having a run-of-the-mill case. And when you’re returning from tropical shores (back to London, perhaps), there are few harsher reality checks than the dark, air-conditioned realms of baggage halls.
How to carry on the joy of crystalline coastline, lush greenery and soul-warming sunshine, then? Some might suggest immediately hopping on Skyscanner to find your next break, while others reach for their holiday wardrobes or culinary reminders of the places they’ve just visited (Greek salad never tastes the same in London, does it?)
Globe-Trotter, however, has another idea. The artisanal luggage company, which has outfitted the likes of James Bond, has issued a series of Pop Colour cases in hues reminiscent of tropical islands. It is one of the few occasions in the brand’s 125-year history that it has delved into the world of bright colours, and so this new collection is perhaps less suited to 007 and more to on-screen fashionistas such as Carrie Bradshaw, Betty Draper or almost any character from The White Lotus.
‘The Pop Colours are inspired by a series of images that evoked the feeling of fun and adventure,’ explains James Fisher, Globe-Trotter’s business development director. ‘[There is] Parrot Green that reminds you of the walk through the fields in the sun, Pastel Blue that’s reminiscent of the clear blue skies and jumping into cool water, and Flamingo Pink to reawaken your passion for travel and adventure.’ The brand is no stranger to location-inspired designs, having recently created a selection of blue, white and yellow cases in tribute to Palm Springs and its distinctive aesthetic.
‘Our cases are very recognisable and making sure the colours match with the brand’s ethos is at the forefront of our minds when we design anything new,’ Fisher says. There is certainly something uniquely “Globe-Trotter” about this collection, even if it is a departure from the brand’s usually understated designs. The cases come in either full-colour (the Original, which was the very first piece of luggage designed by the brand in 1897), or as an ivory case accented by coloured leather trims (the Centenary, created to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary), and are made with the same patented vulcanised fibreboard that Globe-Trotter is so well known for. Fourteen layers of recycled paper bonded with zinc make up the material, which is so light (lighter than aluminium, in fact), that you wouldn’t believe it’s stronger than leather and highly protective of the contents inside.
No corners are cut in the production of Globe-Trotter’s cases. In fact, speaking of corners, the classic leather ones that adorn every case are carefully made over a period of five days and moulded using special machinery to ensure they stay put. And then there are the handles, which are crafted by hand after being bonded for 48 hours for optimal durability. There’s also a metal serial plaque inside every case – because with so much craftsmanship and handwork involved, every single one is unique – and a protective water-resistant lining that can be changed to your preferences.
Indeed, there’s no chance of baggage claim mix-ups with a Globe-Trotter, such are the distinctive quality and hallmarks throughout every case. But, if you wanted to be extra cautious (or stylish), you could have your initials stamped onto your luggage with the brand’s bespoke personalisation service.