Gucci x Globe-Trotter Small GG Supreme Trunk
27 July 2018

Gucci x Globe-Trotter Small GG Supreme Trunk

Gucci has collaborated with British luxury travel lifestyle brand Globe-Trotter for Fall/Winter 18. I know that most of us probably aren’t that all familiar with this brand, but Globe-Trotter actually has a storied past that goes way back to 1897. Much like Vuitton, they started off producing handcrafted luggage and leather travel pieces, including trunks.

This collaboration is a real partnership in the truest sense of the word, with a union of the iconic elements of both of these Houses by keeping to the characteristic look and structure of Globe-Trotter cases – studs, leather-belt straps, leather corners – with the bag’s exterior covered completely in Gucci’s signature GG Supreme jacquard. Available in 2 colourways (black or beige/ebony), the web stripe as well as a floral print and bamboo top handle, all of which are part of Gucci’s House Codes, are also applied.

Though it may look rather sturdy, you’d be surprised to find that it’s also exceptionally light due to the use of vulcanised fibreboard made from 14 layers of compressed recycled paper, cotton and wood pulp sourced from sustainable forests. Invented in the 1850s by Thomas Taylor, and patented by Globe-Trotter in 1901, this is a material that the British brand has used from its beginnings, for the construction of its hard-cased luggage.

The shape and style of this Trunk really reminds me of the old-school vanity cases that women used to bring aboard with them during their travels. Lightweight it may be, and despite the fact that it comes with a long adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, I personally find this a little cumbersome to be carrying around regardless whether it’s carried as a handbag, or part of an attaché case to go with your luggage and travel essentials. Perhaps what I’d do with this bag, is use it the old-school way, on my dresser to stash my cosmetics in. Also, it serves as a great ornamental piece on a shelf that could easily be passed off as vintage, don’t you think?

 

Image courtesy of Gucci