Who’s ready to travel again? It’s been a while since we’ve packed up and headed to the airport. But today, travel doesn’t hold the same allure; it’s not the same spur-of-the-moment experience, and we can no longer decide to spontaneously jump on a plane and jet-set off halfway around the world.
Instead, amidst the tests and travel lists, we must rediscover the magic of travel elsewhere. That’s why, last year, scores of self-isolated, socially-distant globe-trotters decided to spend their holiday funds on personalised luggage. And it’s why, this year, you should forgo that up-in-the-air April city break — and spend your money on a leather passport cover instead. Here are some of the flyest, most stylish options around…
For the frequent flyer: Ettinger Passport Case in Navy
First up, a no-nonsense navy option from the leather-working wizards at Ettinger. Perfect for frequent flyers, this is a simple, stripped-back choice; cut from dressed calf leather and lined with soft pig suede. It’s got one window pocket on the left-hand side to hold your passport in place but, beyond that, it’s as modest and muted as travelling companions can be.
Ettinger Passport Case in Navy
For the lightly-packed passenger: Aspinal of London Passport Cover
If you’re the sort to wear slip-on shoes and elasticated waistbands in an airport, this is the passport cover for you. From heritage brand Aspinal of London, the full-grain leather case is as pared back as Ettinger’s above — but boasts a handsome grosgrain ribbon for easy access and the option of personalisation (particularly handy should you ever misplace your passport).
Aspinal of London Passport Cover
For the traditional traveller: Smythson ‘Panama’ Passport Cover
It may be named ‘Panama’, but there’s a distinctly ‘Our Man in Havana’ vibe about this passport cover. Stitched together by Smythson — and shown here in the sumptuously-named ‘Champagne Beige’ colour — this smooth calf leather case features an internal slip with four card slots and an external tab fastening, complete with satisfying press snap popper.
Smythson ‘Panama’ Passport Cover
For the man of mystery: Connolly ‘007’ Hex Passport Holder
James Bond has been about — jetting off to over 50 countries for the film franchise alone. This elegant passport cover from Connolly celebrates 007; crafted from the same ‘Vaumol’ leather that has graced the seats of Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 since Goldfinger. Inside, a subtle silver foil hallmark gives a subtle nod to the original DB5 registration plate.
Connolly ‘007’ Hex Passport Holder
For the well-organised wanderer: Mulberry Classic Grain Passport Cover
In bold British Racing Green, this Mulberry passport cover is part-conventional wallet, part travel accessory — and the perfect choice for any meticulously organised travellers. Inside its soft leather shell, you’ll find a nappa-lined interior with three slip pockets (for passport, notes and paper) and four slots for credit, business or frequent flyer cards. You’ll never lose a ticket stub again.
Mulberry Classic Grain Passport Cover
For the grandiose globe-trotter: Pickett Passport Cover
If you still view flying as a special occasion — an affair to be properly celebrated — then this luxurious Pickett passport cover is perfect for you. Cut from the supplest lambskin leather and lined with smooth silk, it handles with a distinct, velvety decadence. Additionally, if you fancy getting it custom-crafted in a bespoke colour, Pickett will be more than obliging (although the price will rise by approximately 50%).
Pickett Passport Cover
For the nostalgic holidaymaker: Harrods Leather Passport Cover
Harrods has always epitomised the best of British. So, if you too are lamenting the loss of our patriotic red passports, why not pop into the hallowed department store and pick up this; a compact, rich red case with gold-tone lettering and a vintage grained cover. Original, rakish and reasonably priced, it’ll perfectly compliment your new passport (whatever its colour).
Harrods Leather Passport Cover
For the stylish sightseer: Ettinger Passport Case in Tan
And, finally, for those of you who prioritise fashion even when you’re flying long-haul, we return to Ettinger. This stylish tan passport case from the British brand is simple enough — a single window pocket holds your passport in place — but that versatile brown will pair with everything from your watch strap to your belt (because, security delays be damned, you’re always going to wear a belt).
Ettinger Passport Case in Tan
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