Celebrating the Opening of 35 Albemarle Street

On Tuesday 20th May 2014, Globe-Trotter held an exclusive party to celebrate the opening of the new London flagship at 35 Albemarle Street. The party was attended by guests including Laura Bailey, Jack Guinness and Daisy and Pearle Lowe, alongside a selection of Globe-Trotter customers and fans from the world of fashion, media, design and the arts. The party was the grand unveiling of the new store, which is the new global home of Globe-Trotter.

Guests sipped on champagne from Berry Bros. & Rudd, and whiskey cocktails served from the pop-up Chivas bar. Seasonal British canapés were provided by Hix at Brown’s Hotel, including the nostalgic mini battenberg slices which had guests reminiscing of days gone by.

McQueens, the iconic London florist, created beautiful bespoke displays inside a selection of Globe-Trotter cases featuring seasonal British flowers and foliage.

The doors opened to the public on Wednesday 21st May; 35 Albemarle Street is the only location in the world where the entire suitcase and leather collections are available.

 


Globe-Trotter set to arrive 35 Albemarle Street

Globe-Trotter is proud to announce the opening of their brand new London flagship at 35 Albemarle Street, Mayfair on Wednesday 21st May.

The 2,594 square foot store will become the global home of Globe-Trotter, showcasing the classic suitcases alongside the new Jet and Propellor leather collections. Split over two levels, the new store will encompass a unique retail space the ground floor, with a ‘by appointment only’ Bespoke lounge on the first floor.

This will be the first store worldwide to house the entire Jet and Propellor leather collections, which are all handmade in England at the same factory as the suitcases. In celebration of the opening, a new ‘Albemarle Edition’ suitcase range will be launched, available exclusively at the store. Handcrafed at the Hertfordshire factory from a classic colour combination of navy, caramel and red, the case is lined with a unique print inspired by the Globe-Trotter logo in the 1912 catalogue.

The Burlington Arcade store will be permanently closing on Friday 30th May. If you have any queries regarding an order or repair you have placed, please contact the store.

Please be aware that the store will have limited access to emails as the transition takes place, but we will endeavour to get back to you at the earliest opportunity.

Opening times for 35 Albemarle Street are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. The store will be closed on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

For all enquiries, please contact the store here.

Bon Voyage

Introducing the new Globe-Trotter Voyage Edition which launched at the Burlington Arcade store on 5th February, ahead of London Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day. Voyage is handcrafted from a brand new and vibrant Purple vulcanised fibreboard, complemented with rich Burgundy leather trim and brass hardware.

The Voyage collection is released in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Globe-Trotter’s first Limited Edition featuring a Liberty print lining; in 2004, the ‘Jewel’ edition was launched featuring Liberty ‘Snug’ print lining. The collection was a huge success, and paved the way for future collaborations and special editions.

Each case in the Voyage collection is lined with the iconic ‘Hera’ peacock feather print. Liberty debuted ‘Hera’ back in the 1890s, and was originally sold as a furnishing fabric. Fast forward to 1975, and the print was revived during a Liberty archive exhibition at London’s prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum. Since then, ‘Hera’ has become a signature Liberty print. The tones embodied in the print act as a perfect complement to the exterior of the case.

Voyage is the perfect choice for those who ooze luxury and glamour, favouring bold and powerful colours that make them stand out from the crowd. Voyage, in name and spirit, harks back to the early days of global travel, where the elite travelled the world with a mountain of luggage, navigating their journey with an army of porters.

Prices range from £470 for the 9” Mini Utility to £1,535 for the 33” Extra Deep Suitcase with Wheels. To place an order, or to make an enquiry about the collection, please contact the Burlington Arcade store here.


Candy visits the Zoo

Globe-Trotter has launched an updated Candy Limited Edition, featuring ‘Queue for the Zoo’ lining – a fun and quirky Liberty print in tones of Pink and Purple, and featuring a hidden surprise alongside the iconic Globe-Trotter elephant. This Limited Edition is available across all sizes, from the lunchbox sized 9” Mini Utility, £450, through to check in sized 33” Extra Deep Suitcase with Wheels, £1,345.

The Candy Limited Edition is hand crafted at the Globe-Trotter factory in Hertfordshire, England, from Hot Pink vulcanised fibreboard, with rich Burgundy leather trim and finished with Chrome hardware. Open the case to discover the playful Liberty print, in shades of Pink and Purple to perfectly complement the external suitcase colours. The 13″ Vanity Case also includes a detachable leather framed mirror and removable tray.

Take a closer look at the print lining and see if you can spot something rather special. The ‘Queue for the Zoo’ lining features an array of animals, including an elephant – Globe-Trotter’s unofficial mascot. Back in 1912 Globe-Trotter undertook a strength test on one of their trunks at the Zoological Gardens, Hamburg. The trunk successfully bore the weight of a 1-ton elephant, highlighting the strength of the company’s luggage.

The Liberty lining was designed by the illustrator and author OK David; to learn more about his work take a look at his website here.

Pieces in the range include 13” Vanity Case, £500, 21” Trolley Case, £995 and 30” Suitcase with Wheels, £1,235.

For all retail enquiries please contact the Burlington Arcade store here.

 


Globe-Trotter and The Goring Hotel

Classically stylish, with a rich heritage. Full of character and old-school charm. Built to last and gets better with age. All qualities which define what it means to be ‘quintessentially English’ – and which perfectly describe both Globe-Trotter and The Goring Hotel in London.

Globe-Trotter dates back to 1897, and The Goring hotel opened in 1910, resulting in a combined 219 years of experience in looking after luxury travellers.

Each case is handmade on original Victorian machinery at the Globe-Trotter factory in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The Goring Hotel edition is hand crafted from Ivory vulcanised fibreboard, with the Goring Hotel brand colours of Burgundy and Navy being used for the leather trim. Inside, each case is hand lined with a rich damask silk, a perfect miniature of the silk wall covering used in the Drawing Room of The Royal Suite at The Goring. The historic silk was specially woven to order from The Gainsborough Silk Company, the Royal Warrant-holding Suffolk textile mill that holds an archive of over 7,000 historic and enchanting silks. Originally commissioned for Lullingstone Castle in Kent, one of England’s oldest family estates dating back hundreds of years, the Green and Ivory design of the silk brilliantly complements the Ivory exterior of the Globe-Trotter Goring Hotel series.page2image1352

David Morgan-Hewitt, Managing Director of The Goring says:

“I have been lucky enough to be the proud owner of a set of Globe-Trotter cases for many years. I noticed that my love of them was shared by a number of our guests as they arrived in the lobby, so this feels like a natural partnership. The Goring has always championed British craftsmanship and history, so we are thrilled to be working with Globe-Trotter to create a little bit of England to take home – and abroad!”

Gary Bott, Creative Director of Globe-Trotter said:

“The Globe-Trotter Goring Hotel edition, resplendent with silk from The Royal Suite, looks wonderful and captures the essence of our two companies. These suitcases are timelessly stylish – and will just get better and better with age, as they become much-loved travel companions.”

The Globe-Trotter and Goring Hotel collection is available in nine sizes including 9″ Mini Utility £515, 13″ Vanity Case £820, 18″ Trolley Case £1,210, 21″ Trolley Case £1,335, 28″ Suitcase with Wheels £1,580, 30″ Extra Deep Suitcase with Wheels £1,665 and 33″ Extra Deep Suitcase with Wheels £1,765.

The collection is available to purchase now at the flagship Globe-Trotter store in the Burlington Arcade, London. For all enquiries on this collection, or to place a mail order, please contact the Globe-Trotter store here.

 


Win a Copy of the James Bond ‘Everything or Nothing’ DVD

To celebrate the launch of ‘Everything or Nothing’, the new DVD which documents the untold story of James Bond, Globe-Trotter are offering 10 lucky Twitter followers the chance to win a copy of the DVD.

‘Everything or Nothing’ sets out the story behind the making of the James Bond films. The feature documentary focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. Despite the increasingly fraught drama behind the scenes, the on-screen drama of the Bond films has continued to draw audiences to the cinema 50 years after the release of the first film, ‘Dr No’, in 1962. Among the Bond luminaries to contribute to the documentary are George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

To be in with a chance of winning please head over to Twitter and and follow us @Stabilist (click here).

The competition closes on 28th February 2013, and winners will be selected at random and announced via Twitter on 1st March 2013.


Globe-Trotter and James Bond for SKYFALL

Globe-Trotter are extremely proud to announce its very special involvement in the latest James Bond film, SKYFALL, starring Daniel Craig. This is the biggest partnership Globe-Trotter has ever undertaken in their 115 year history, and who better to partner with than 007 himself, a true British icon.

For SKYFALL, the production team required a rifle case and Globe-Trotter were called on board to produce a bespoke piece to the specification of the rifle used in the film. Working closely with the film’s armorer, Globe-Trotter developed something truly unique, inspired by Bond gadgetry of the past. Months were spent perfecting the design and finer details, which included developing a bespoke telescopic sight for the rifle. The traditional case was transformed into something truly unique that had never been produced by Globe-Trotter before.

In celebration of this partnership, and inspired by the rifle case produced for the film, Globe-Trotter will be retailing a highly limited collection of products from Friday 5th October, Global Bond Day. Not only do the pieces celebrate the launch of SKYFALL, they also honour the 50th Anniversary of James Bond.

From Friday 5th October, for a limited period, three collections of new products will be available in the Globe-Trotter flagship Burlington Arcade store. The most exclusive, and highly limited, edition is inspired by the rifle case itself. This hand formed slim line 26″ Black Aluminium Suitcase features a telescopic sight handle – a replica of the original used in the film, finished off beautifully with a plush diamond quilted Graphite lining and commemorative internal plaque. This series is limited to 100 editions globally.

There is also a special edition range of luggage hand crafted from Globe-Trotter’s signature vulcanised fibreboard. In a range of sizes, from 16″ Slim Attaché to 33″ Extra Deep Suitcase with Wheels, the series is formed from Black vulcanised fibreboard with Black Box Grain leather trim and Chrome locks. Inside, each case is beautifully lined with a jacquard weave featuring the iconic Bond gun barrel design, and finished with unique 007 serial number plaque.

Finally, also available is a capsule collection of Bond leather products, all handcrafted at the new Globe-Trotter leather factory in Hertfordshire. Inspired by the sophistication and style of James Bond, each item is crafted with luxurious Black Box Grain leather and lined with the jacquard weave gun barrel fabric, finished with a painted edge and internal blind emboss logo. Items include a Luggage Tag, Passport Cover, Notebook, Wash Bag, Bill Fold Wallet, Coat Wallet, Travel Wallet and Card Holder.

To see images of the product please visit the collections page here.


Harrods Celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Harrods today unveiled their extravagant window display in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. The iconic green conopies have been temporarily removed, and replaced with a patriotic display of Union Jacks and 31 crowns, decorated by 31 of the world’s leading brands, including Globe-Trotter.

The display takes inspiration from the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, with Union Jacks lining the store’s facade as well as two 50 foot tall regal banners, heralding the Queen’s cypher and St. Edwards Crown. The theme continues as speakers have been installed on the outside of the building so they can play the National Anthem every day at midday until 15th June. During the Jubilee weekend of 2nd June ‘God Save The Queen’ will be broadcast hourly between midday and 6pm.

Globe-Trotter are proud to be part of this celebration, especially given the long standing history between the company and the Royal Family. The Queen choose Globe-Trotter luggage for her honeymoon, and still travels with her cases to this day. The Globe-Trotter crown on display at Harrods is a vision of traditional Navy, featuring iconic rivets and leather. Head down to the famous department store in Knightsbridge before 15th June to catch a glimpse of this beautiful display.

Harrods also produced a series of short films on the making of the crowns. You can watch the footage below. More images are available on our Facebook and Twitter pages


Mohsin Ali for Globe-Trotter

Globe-Trotter have teamed up with up and coming menswear designer Mohsin Ali to create a limited edition range of super luxe, limited edition luggage.

Each case has been intricately laser etched to produce a subtle patterned effect, and is completed with a unique leather shoulder strap. These key features set the Mohsin Ali suitcases apart from the Globe-Trotter core collection. Mohsin Ali hand picked a subtle range of colours of Elephant Grey, Ivory and Navy, creating timeless classics to covet for years to come.

Mohsin Ali’s aesthetic is clean and contemporary, and his label lives by three rules; form, fabric and function. This ethos is similar to that of Globe-Trotter, whose suitcases are handmade using Victorian machinery in a process that has remained unchanged in the company’s 115 year history.

The range is highly limited and available as a 13″ Utility £945, 18″ Slim Attache £1120 and 18″ Air Cabin Case £1420 at the flagship Globe-Trotter Burlington Arcade store. Please contact the store for further information here.

 


Introducing Cocoa

Globe-Trotter are pleased to announce the arrival of the Cocoa Special Edition with luxurious Colonial Brown body, paired with deep Burgundy lining and leather trim. This brand new colour combination is gorgeously sleek and sophisticated.

The collection includes 13” Vanity Case £410, 18” Air Cabin Case £625, 18” Trolley Case £725, 21” Trolley Case £820, 28” Suitcase with wheels £980, 30” Extra Deep Case with wheels £1,015 and 33” Extra Deep Case with wheels £1,065.

To find out more, or to place an order, please contact our store here.