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 – though nothing too crazy like wheels – 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.
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.