For their debut partnership, Slowear, the Italian clothing label known for its durable, timeless pieces, and Globe-Trotter, the British luggage brand famed for its hand-produced, throwback-style suitcases and travel accessories, have created a cabin trolley that fuses together the very best traits of each brand: ‘a long heritage, traditional manufacturing expertise, manic attention to details and performing aspects, a strong sense of aesthetics, and fine materials selection.’
Underpinned by the notion of ‘bringing tradition into the future’, the collaboration takes an original Globe-Trotter case, which features the hallmark leather corners and carbon-steel locks, and imbues it with a contemporary feel by stripping back several elements – notably, the shell doesn’t feature straps or laces – in order to keep the design as easy-to-use (but still traditional-looking) as possible for urban travellers, a performance-led, less-is-more approach that is often taken when Slowear makes its hero products.
In terms of specs, the exterior, which measures 42 x 56 x 21cm, has been crafted with 14 layers of zinc and recycled paper, which forms a shell that is more durable than leather, but weighs less than aluminium. The internal lining, meanwhile, has been done out in an Alcantara® coating – a first for Globe-Trotter – that is soft and lustrous to the touch.
When it comes to aesthetics, the brands have opted for a classic combination of black with dark green, two colours often favoured by Slowear and ones that can pair well with a variety of ensembles, whether that be a navy two-piece or a casual monochrome outfit of slim chinos and a button-down. To add further hits of detail, each trolley – which, in order to underline the exclusive nature of the collaboration, is only available on a made-to-order basis – is embellished with the user’s initials, in either black or grey.
“Globe-Trotter is what we consider a Slowear friend: we share a common heritage, a common vision, a strong focus on materials and quality,” says Piero Braga, CEO of Slowear. “This collaboration wants to slightly push on performance, and rather than a leisure-inspired item, we wanted to work on a performance product for all urban travellers. We are very pleased with the result, which we trust will also please our customers for whom the project was designed.”
Meanwhile, Vicente Castellano, executive chairman of Globe-Trotter, states: “There is a great synergy between Slowear and Globe-Trotter. It is a brand I have always admired, and they make products that stand the test of time, just like we do at Globe-Trotter. We’ve used our original case for this collaboration, which features our iconic shape, unmistakable style and unrivalled quality to make a product that we think the Slowear customer will enjoy for many, many years to come.”
Slowear x Globe-Trotter
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