I'm off on holiday to West Wittering in Sussex for a few days - actually it's more of a working holiday, as I'm combining it with our summer brochure photo shoot.
Packing for my sojourn is easy: I just throw a few polo shirts, linen shirts, shorts and boat shoes into my well-worn canvas holdall and I'm done, adding at the last minute a waterproof jacket (because it may rain) and a couple of sweaters (because it's bound to be cold). Oh, and swimwear too, which will no doubt remain in my bag as the water will be freezing.
But when it comes to packing for a business trip halfway across the world, it is a different matter entirely, as I need to take my suits, jackets, proper shoes and numerous shirts and ties with me - invariably I find that I pack too much kit.
Fortunately, I own a couple of large and battered Globe-Trotter trunks which pretty much accommodate my entire wardrobe. I have always admired the Globe-Trotter range as it is solid, reliable and well-made holiday luggage. The cases are constructed from a vulcanised board which is so tough it's reputed that the lid of the case can withstand the weight of an elephant's foot!
What I find so appealing about these suitcases is that they are so understated and discreet. In an age of 'bling', they are an example of restrained luxury at its best. I particularly like the smart deco chrome locks that fasten with a reassuring click as smooth as the closing of Aston Martin's doors.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Globe-Trotter on an exclusive range of designer luggage for Hackett, which has proved so popular that I shall continue to collaborate with them for next season.
At the end of the month I am going to India on business, and on my travels there if I get trampled on by rampaging elephants, I can at least be assured that my Globe-Trotter luggage will remain intact. I rest my case.