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Globe-Trotter X David Shrigley’s Suitcases Redefine The Phrase ‘Travelling In Style’

Only 10 of the four-wheel carry-ons, five of each of the two designs, are available.

Quirky ‘second-skin’ packaging for Champagne house Ruinart; slightly demonic mascots for Scottish football clubs; contributions to supposedly sustainable NFT platforms…

David Shrigley, a British artist known for his wry, satirical depictions of the minutiae of everyday life (not to mention directing the odd animation video for Blur and other artistic achievements that saw bestowed an OBE in the 2020 New Year Honours list), is not one to shy away from a collaboration.

Oli Smith

This one sees Shrigley’s distinctive drawing style and accompanying textual witticisms applied to the exterior of two new Globe-Trotter Carry-On cases. Vulcanised, ivory-hued fibreboard provides the canvas for Shrigley here, in a set whose cobalt blue corners (studded with brass rivets) go some – well, a little – way to creating the impression of a picture frame.

The two artworks in question are ‘Untitled (Be an Ass)’ and – our favourite, partly for its mise en abyme factor  – ‘Untitled (baggage)’, both executed in bright azure paint. Both four-wheel cases, each of which is a limited edition of five, are available at the Globe-Trotter flagship store (Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly) where the original commissioned artworks are on display to customers.

Sir Winston Churchill, and The Queen, Daniel Craig, Kate Moss and – most impressively of all, by some stretch, Captain Robert Falcon Scott – are among the notable figures to have appeared on Globe-Trotter’s client base over the years.

Whether any of the 10 buyers here bolster that impressive list at all remains to be seen…

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