If there were ever a suitcase to capture the nostalgic spirit of British air travel, it would be the new limited-edition designed by Globe-Trotter celebrating crown jewel of the British Airways livery: the now retired BOAC 747, or more fondly known to fliers and aviation enthusiasts, the Queen of the Skies.
Handcrafted in England, the limited range of 150 carry-on suitcases features BOAC’s iconic golden ‘Speedbird’ insignia on the outside and a marvellous piece of history — an actual fragment of the retired aircraft — adorning the inside lid. The suitcase colours are also a subtle nod to the BOAC livery, a classic dark blue and pearlescent white, kissed off with leather trim
British Airways and Globe-Trotter boast a long history collaborating as quintessential aviation icons. During the peak period of glamorous air travel in the 1960s (when the Atlantic became the proverbial pond), Globe-Trotter was the esteemed luggage choice for the BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) crew. One former BOAC 747 stewardess Hilary Farish inspired one of the brand’s iconic collections with her 1960s Globe-Trotter suitcase, which she famously embellished stickers and nostalgic markers from her world travels. The BOAC crew preferred Globe-Trotter suitcases for the same reasons we travellers still covet the pieces today: iconic durability, luxury British craftsmanship and a lightweight design which make the suitcases pleasurable companions, from our doorsteps at home in England to adventures around the world.
When a suitcase is more than a suitcase, a simple glance over it evokes distant memories of golden mornings over the tarmacs of Heathrow or Gatwick. A latte from Costa Coffee in one hand. A hastily rolled up copy of The Times from WHSmith tucked dutifully under the arm, and most naturally, a loyal Globe-Trotter carry-on in tow — suitcases which transcend efficiency and go on to epitomise the emotion of jet-setting, each piece a character in the story of the classic British traveller. If these companions could talk, our first conversations would be with Sir Winston Churchill’s valise or that of HM Queen Elizabeth the II, both loyal clients. Each Globe-Trotter suitcase crafted in the heart of Hertfordshire go on to be a chroniclers of the past, present and future skies ahead for their owners. They are, unambiguously, the quintessential suitcase of the British traveller since 1897.
We at The Modern Jetsetter are delighted to feature the story of aGlobe-Trotter in our inaugural print issue.