Globe-Trotter, Tumi & Filson Luggage

Gone are the days when one could easily charm their way out of paying excess baggage fees at the airport. I remember vividly how back in the day, all I had to do was plead, smile and wink to airline staff just to get away hauling my crap to the plane without paying a single cent. Fast forward to the present and all the airlines now are a bunch of penny-pinching, nickel-and-diming retards who would balk at you to pony up the greenbacks even if you’re a few kilos overweight. I was shocked when I got a copy of my report from my accountant earlier this week. I know I did a bit of traveling this year compared to previous years (which still isn’t a lot compared to other people), but holy Manolo Batman, I cannot believe how much I ended up paying to fly my garbage around!

You know you’re back home in the third world when everything that comes out on the luggage carousel are in boxes!

Click click click!

I know I have the tendency to over pack sometimes, especially things I don’t end up using, but part of the problem is that I carry heavy luggage. I know in this day and age it’s absolutely impractical, wasteful not to mention pretentious but please spare me the holier than thou attitude because I don’t travel often so I enjoy the luxury of splashing out here and there when I have the (rare) chance. I also like having choices etc etc etc. Let’s not even go there because it would take forever for me to come up with excuses for my habits. Oh how difficult it is to have champagne wishes on a coca-cola budget.


I’ve been looking at light luggage alternatives. Yes… luggage that actually don’t weigh more than what’s inside. I have a Globe-Trotter suitcase which I bought on a whim at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong ages ago. I love it. I always get comments from people how beautiful it is. Some people even use it to decorate their humble abodes. Although it’s light compared to others, I think it’s still quite heavy. I would love to buy more pieces from Globetrotter but:

a) it’s inappropriate to spend so much on luggage especially at this time of global financial turmoil

b) I so can’t afford them now


c) they jacked up the prices in the past few years ever since more people “discovered” them.

Earlier this year, Globe-Trotter (who’s been around since 1897) collaborated with American preppy superstore J. Crew to bring these amazing hand-crafted luggage to the American masses. These beautiful hand-crafted luggage come in different sizes but the biggest one is the 33-inch suitcase which retails for US$2,400 apiece and comes in three colours – black, sour lemon and centenary ivory.

photo credit: j. crew, vivre, world traveler, filson