Americana loving Brit designer Greg Chapman spent a year and a half traveling around the world with the Globe-Trotter Safari Air, a case that he purchased at the revered company’s shop in London’s Burlington Arcade after a meeting with brand Creative Director Gary Bott. A little while later, Chapman approached Globe-Trotter and Bott about collaborating on a modified case that incorporates some modern day considerations â€” though nothing too crazy like wheels â€” and then set out to create a small run of special edition Globe-Trotters based on the company’s functional 1912 Stabilist series.
More history on the inspiration for the Greg Chapman x Globe-Trotter collaboration:
In 1912, the Stabilist series were bespoke manufactured Globe-Trotter luggage that featured special functionality for the Victorian traveler; such as wardrobe trunks, hat and shoe cases for travel by horse drawn carriage, rail and cruise liner.
Â Much of the original machinery required to produce the Stabilist line was melted down during the World War for use as ammunition and so a piece of Globe-Trotter history was sadly lost. Also, as modern travel demands changed so did the requirement for simpler, more compact and lighter weight luggage; better suited for the age of commercial air travel; returning full circle 100-years on to 2012 with a historical re-launch.
The special edition (and English made) cases are just now landing exclusively at Mohawk General Store in L.A. and Union Made in San Francisco for $1850. A hefty price indeed, but these cases will certainly outlive both you and your footman, so don’t fret.