Searcys Interviews Globe-Trotter Designer Charlotte Seddon9 July 2019
Charlotte Seddon shares her incredible journey working for heritage brand, Globe-Trotter
How did you end up with a career in the luggage designing industry?
I studied a degree in Fashion Accessories at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion and for my final collection I focused on luxury travel and Globe-Trotter was one of my case studies. It was serendipity which led me to my job at Globe-Trotter as after graduating I contacted the company to see if there were any opportunities for a young junior designer and luckily for me, they were actually looking to hire somebody at the time to be based at the head office and factory in Broxbourne which is the town I was brought up in. So, in a way, it was meant to be – it was nice to ‘come home’ in a sense.
While I was at university, I was much more interested in craftsmanship and working with leather, and I remember thinking I would love to work for a company that champions that and manufactures their products in England. I thought, realistically I would end up having no involvement with product development – it was actually so nice to end up in a job which is the complete opposite to that.
There are just two designers at Globe-Trotter at the moment, and another who works on the artwork, so we are quite a small team. Before I joined there were no designers at all – I was the first ever full-time designer – it was so lucky I couldn’t believe it. I was working in a coffee shop at the time and I would always buy Vogue – the copy of Vogue I happened to be reading that month had a Globe-Trotter feature. So, on my day off I called and because of how small Globe-Trotter was, I went straight through to the creative director! I sent him my work, which he really liked, and after an interview they hired me – it all fell into place quite nicely.