Initialling Service

Since the Victorian era, luggage was intended almost exclusively for horse drawn coach and train travel, frequently sent on ahead by the owner and handled solely by servants and porters. Trunks and portmanteaux were adorned with the owners initials, hand painted often by skilled sign writers of the time, as a simple yet effective method of recognising ones luggage in the unlikely event they should become lost or confused with similar items belonging to someone else. Thus the concept of travel personalisation was born.

Globe-Trotter suitcases remain virtually unchanged since 1897 in terms of design and manufacture. With the exception of a greater range of colours and special linings, the customer now has the option of customising their Globe-Trotter case with his or her initials.

A choice of typefaces, sizes and colours are selected by the customer at our flagship store. The order is then placed with our Bespoke team based at our workshops in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Using traditional craft techniques, the initials are hand painted directly onto the front position (lid) of the Globe-Trotter suitcase to create a traditional yet contemporary, durable effect to last a lifetime of use.

Our initialling service generally takes from 2-3 weeks for completion. Please contact the store, or +44(0)20 7529 5950, for any further information.

Font Options

Colour Options



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Position Options


(N.B. Position 5 is only available in Small and Medium size, up to 3 characters)

Sample image – Safari Carry-On Case – Ivory/Natural
Sample font – Baskerville Old Face, small (80pt)