Global luggage brand Globite has found its way back to where it started, after opening a new store at the Brisbane Airport.
The luggage brand has a history that dates back to the 1890s, when it started on the corner of Queen Adelaide and Edward Streets (now the Queens Plaza Shopping Mall) in Brisbane.
Alfred Ford was a migrant from the UK who moved to Australia and started as a manufacturer of trunks and imported china and glass. He was joined by the Sherington family, who was known for their background in retail. Mr Ford also went on to marry Clara, sister of entrepreneur Ada Sherington.
The venture later became a family-run business and has shifted its focus from metal trunks to leather goods such as travel trunks and handbags.
By 1892, the Sherringtons moved from Brisbane to Sydney, operating in a site at Kippax St Surry Hills. The site was acquired by Mr Sherington in 1911 and had enlisted architects Robertson & Marks to design the Federation style building.
The warehouse was extended by the early 1920s when the number of factory workers increased to 400. The warehouse is now one of the heritage-listed sites in Sydney.
The suitcase’s genuine cowhide, hinges, and fixings were all made in Australia, but the locks were made in England.
Today, the brand has found its way back to where it began around a century ago, with a newly opened store in Brisbane Airport. The store features their iconic luggage, travel bags, packing cubes, and accessories such as luggage tags and organisers.