They may give you the appearance of an extra from a 1950’s spy movie or that you are about to embark on a trip by luxury train from a smoked filled station to some exotic destination Compagnie Internationale des Wagon-Lits – Travel posters but Globe-Trotter suitcase, in their trade mark navy or brown, have been an essential part of British kit and an iconic design for more than a hundred years.
Founded by David Nelken in Lower Saxony (Germany) in 1897, the company’s core product range consists of strong but light-weight suitcases made from vulcanised fibreboard – multiple layers of bonded paper. Heroically strong and, unlike many new items, they age very well gaining an added patina from clumsy baggage handlers.
In 1932 the company moved to the UK. Today’s products are made and repaired in Broxbourne, (Hertfordshire UK) using original manufacturing methods and some machinery dating from Victorian times.
The core Globe-Trotter range is now complemented by the addition of a hand-crafted leather collection.
It’s not surprising that Globe-Trotter has become the luggage of choice for explorers including Captain Robert Scott and Sir Edmund Hilary. Globe-Trotter has also made its appearances alongside James Bond in ‘Spectre’. Aston Martin DB4/DB5