Rimowa

Founded in Cologne in 1898, LVMH-owned Rimowa is the quintessential house for prestigious luggage.

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Retail and Consumer Goods  
Summary

Founded in Cologne in 1898, LVMH-owned Rimowa has become one of the quintessential houses for prestigious luggage, renowned for its iconic design and its pursuit of excellence. An industry benchmark for German craftsmanship and innovation, RIMOWA constantly strives to inspire sophisticated travellers to discover new horizons.


History

Since its founding by Paul Morszeck in 1898 Rimowa has cultivated the pioneering spirit that is evident in every suitcase built. The modest family-run business opened its doors with cases crafted in hardwearing wood, with an emphasis on lightweight construction and superior stability.

Inheriting his father's visionary approach, it was Richard Morszeck who – inspired by the early days of aviation – discovered grooved aluminium as the ideal lightweight material for Rimowa suitcases. The story behind the inspiration for lightweight luggage is quite interesting. Besides courage and curiosity, every pioneering idea is closely bound to its very own source of inspiration. It was Junkers F13 – the world’s first all-metal legendary passenger aircraft constructed by visionary engineer Hugo Junkers in 1919. It is not only the lightweight aluminium with its iconic groove design that inspired Rimowa but also Hugo Junkers' legacy of uniting people and nations.

With the same ingenuity and courage as his father and grandfather.. third generation owner Dieter Morszeck paved the way for Rimowa's global success. Thanks to his focus on state-of-the-art technology, uncompromising quality and timeless design, Rimowa suitcases have become the global companion of choice for a sophisticated clientele. In 1976 Rimowa Tropicana was designed to guard the sensitive equipment of film crews, photographers and reporters from tropical humidity or arctic cold.

In 2017 LVMH bought eighty per cent stake in Rimowa from the founder's grandson Dieter Morszeck- who retained a stake in the business and his leadership role. Alexandre Arnault, one of the sons of Bernard Arnault, is co-chief executive alongside Morszeck. In 2021- however- Rimowa appointed Hugues Bonnet-Masimbert as its new CEO. He succeeded Alexandre Arnault, who became executive Vice President for product and communications at Tiffany and Co. 

Innovation remains the core of LVMH-acquired Rimowa. In 2000 the luxury brand designed its first polycarbonate luggage. Today- designed in Germany and with three production sites worldwide- Rimowa continues to combine craftsmanship with precision technology and a commitment to courageous innovation.. while staying true to its heritage.


Vision

Rimowa envisions combining craftsmanship with precision technology and a commitment to courageous innovation.. while staying true to its heritage


Key Team

Hugues Bonnet-Masimbert (CEO)


Recognition and Awards
Rimowa is recognized worldwide for its ancient craftsmanship, precision technology and a commitment to courageous innovation.. while staying true to its brand heritage.

Products and Services

LVMH-acquired German luxury brand Rimowa retails luxury luggage, bags and travel accessories


References
Rimowa
Leadership team

Hugues Bonnet-Masimbert (CEO)

Industries

Retail and Consumer Goods

Products/ Services
Luggage, bags and travel accessories
Headquarters
Richard-Byrd-Str. 13, 50829 Cologne, Germany
Company Type
Subsidiary company
Company Registration
VAT: DE-122804506
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