’Tis the season for picnics – for unfurling a tartan blanket in the shade and unpacking a selection of Nigel Slater’s vegetarian dishes with a bottle of Veuve. There are plenty of options for how you transport everything to your chosen locale, but few are as stylish as the new Summer Picnic Case created by luxury luggage brand Globe-Trotter. The case holds a bottle of champagne, with two flutes stored in specially designed internal compartments and a removable tray to separate sweet and savoury courses.
“We receive numerous requests from customers for one-off pieces, so for the summer season we had the idea of creating a picnic case that holds everything you need to enjoy a fine alfresco dining experience,” says James Fisher, director at Globe-Trotter. The company will be making only three of the cases (£1,800 each), which are available to order from this week from the bespoke department at its Mayfair store.
Each case is lined in blue damask silk, the upholstery material used in the interior of Queen Alexandra’s state coach, and was specially commissioned from the Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, based in Suffolk. “The fabric gives the case a splendid finish,” says Fisher, “but is very delicate, so it has to be expertly lined by artisans at our factory in Hertfordshire. We were inspired by the red, black and gold elements seen on the Queen’s Guards uniform. Hence, the colourway is reflected in the vulcanised fibreboard body and leather trim. You may get a glimpse of the guards if you’re out and about at one of the royal residences or parks this summer.”