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The Making of the World’s Most Famous Suitcase

A look inside Globe-Trotter’s Hertfordshire, England workshop.


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Bags Made to Travel… and to Last

Globe-Trotter, once considered the “world’s most famous suitcase” in the 1930s and 40s, have been made the same way since 1897. While never out of production, they have certainly undergone a recent renaissance. Highly coveted for their craftsmanship and style. They have even been known to accompany Queen Elizabeth II and celebrities such as Kate Moss on recent travels.

“We make tomorrow’s antiques, because in 50, 70, 100 years time, most Globe-Trotters that leave this factory will still be fully functional and operating,” says Globe-Trotter Chairman Jeff Vaughn. “You can’t take short cuts. You can’t beat the old way. The leather corners take four days to make.”

Each piece of luggage is handmade to order–uniquely constructed from vulcanized fiberboard. The special material was invented in Britain during the 1850s, consisting of multiple layers of bonded paper. Despite the relative new technology, each case is manufactured using the original machinery, and there is no compromise of quality.

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To celebrate their recent successes, the brand is opening a London flagship store this spring. The store will feature a luggage museum, a bespoke lounge, and new collections including a limited edition summer line by up-and-coming menswear designer Mohsin Ali (above).

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Original story appeared in The Telegraph. Film by Glen Milner.
Cover photo via The Merchant Fox. All other photos via Globe-Trotter.