Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Traveling in style - luggage

Globe Trotter Orient Luggage
When the designers at Globe-Trotter set out to create a distinct series to serve as the pinnacle of its suitcase collection, they looked to the interior finish of the famous Orient Express passenger train. That same finish is replicated on the company's Orient line by a single craftsman in Japan who applies 10 coats of an Urushi varnish to each suitcase. "What that finish gives us - you get a unique patina to the case," says Gary Bott, Globe-Trotter's brand director.

Made from Vulcanized Fibreboard, each Globe-Trotter piece also includes leather trimming and silk lining. Those materials are a part of hte company's DNA, says Bott, who also explains that each suitcase in the seven-piece collection is still made by hand using original, Victorian-era machinery. In fact, the largest Globe-Trotter suitcase is now only 33 inches because the machinery used to make the company's largest pieces, such as wardrobe cases, was melted down for ammunition during World War II.

"We could invest in newer machinery, but we'd have lost part of the feeling of what really goes into a Globe-Trotter suitcase," Bott says. "It's not a very practical decision, but we're incredibly protective of the heritage of the brand."

Price: £7,090 or about $11,260.00

This is not a cheap luggage, you can pass it down to your children or grand children!


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