He is one of this year’s more collectable artists, turning out multicoloured modernist vases featuring abstract faces and working with the likes of Fendi and John Galliano. Now John Booth is turning his hand to travel accessories in the shape of a collaboration with British luggage brand Globe-Trotter.
The Cumbria-born, Bethnal Green-based illustrator has created a limited edition capsule collection in which each piece is designed to attach to the same lanyard, allowing for a more hands-free voyage and making life easier during the dash through the airport.
The passport holder (£105), purse (from £160), keyring (£55) and card holder (£160) are all made from leather and printed in Booth’s trademark jaunty designs, with flourishes of primary colours set against equally vibrant backgrounds. Particularly delightful are the yellow passport holder with an orange brushstroke and the pink card holder featuring a flourish of grassy green. The keyrings come in circular or rectangular shapes, and there’s also a fetching luggage tag (£135) featuring a bold blue strap juxtaposed against a yellow tag with an orange brushstroke.
The collaboration stemmed from a visit Booth made to Globe-Trotter’s Hertfordshire factory. Established in 1897, the brand counts Winston Churchill, Kate Moss and the Queen among its customers, and still makes its luggage and accessories using methods and machinery that date back to the Victorian era.
“I loved seeing how the products are made,” Booth says. “I wanted the collection to retain a focus on travel, but also be usable in everyday life. Inspired by my travels, I saw how people used accessories in a functional yet decorative way, and I wanted to capture this in the pieces.”
The range is available in Globe-Trotter flagship stores and online from Friday June 30.