This month, Globe-Trotter is marking a new milestone with the release of the brand-new Centenary leather range, designed to match the iconic suitcases. Not only that, but a stylish new Oxblood colourway also launches this month; perfect for the autumn season
When you think of a Globe-Trotter suitcase, chances are it’s the Centenary model that immediately springs to mind. With its sleek vulcanised fibreboard body and iconic leather corners and straps, it’s an instantly recognisable silhouette. Often imitated, never equalled, the Centenary style has proved to be the brand’s most popular to date. But, ever the innovator, Globe-Trotter is shaking things up this month by introducing, for the very first time, a whole new leather accessories line specifically designed to match the Centenary suitcases.
The new bags are made from luxurious grained calf leather with smooth bridle leather handles and corners that echo those of the Centenary suitcase. In the collection you’ll find tote bags, holdalls and a brand-new bowling bag design featuring a mini luggage tag and strap to directly mirror the suitcase. Soon you’ll be able to expand your collection with matching small leather accessories including wallets, purses, name card holders and passport sleeves.
Also launching this month is a new addition to the Centenary suitcase collection in an elegant Oxblood colourway. This rich and sophisticated shade is a sartorial nod to Globe-Trotter’s heritage, with contrasting black leather straps, handles, corners and brass rivets. It’s a welcome addition to the Centenary family. To celebrate these new releases, here’s five thing you didn’t know about Globe-Trotter’s most iconic range:
1) The Centenary collection was officially launched in 1997 to celebrate Globe-Trotter’s 100th anniversary. The style is based on a classic design from Globe-Trotter’s archive collection and is designed to pay homage to Britain’s ‘golden age’ of travel.
2) The suitcase’s trademark leather corners are moulded using traditional machinery dating back to Victorian times. Everything is done in Globe-Trotter’s UK factory and the entire process – which also involves soaking, pressing, and drying out the leather – takes a total of five days. The corners are then applied to the case and riveted by hand, a skill which takes years to master.
3) Unlike the more traditional Original range, the Centenary collection was specifically designed to incorporate more contemporary colour combinations. These include the stylish navy on navy, Centenary red and the new autumnal Siena and Zucca shades.
4) Of course, this doesn’t take into account the many special-edition Centenary cases that exist, such as the pink and grey Emilia and ‘Cruise’ blue. Globe-Trotter also has a long history of collaborating with eminent designers and brands to create unique limited-editions, many taking the form of Centenary cases. These include collaborations with Erdem, Vivienne Westwood, Wallpaper* magazine, Tiffany and more recently Gucci.
4) Centenary cases are a favourite among the A-list jetset. Famous Centenary owners are known to include Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, David Beckham and Dita von Teese.