Paul Morszeck and Heinrich Görtz start the company under the name Görtz & Morszeck. Within two years, however, Görtz leaves the company, putting Morszeck in full-control. They make wooden luggage, known then (and now) for its lightweight construction and durability.
Morszeck’s son Richard becomes involved in the company and changes its name at the patent office in Berlin to RIMOWA, which is an acronym for Richard Morszeck Warenzeichen—Richard’s full-name plus the German word Warenzeichen, meaning “trademark.”
A factory fire destroys most of the company’s materials, except for aluminum. Making due with what they have left, RIMOWA pivots to aluminum trunks.
Inspired by all-metal jets, RIMOWA luggage receives its signature parallel grooved surface for the first time.
RIMOWA produces its first waterproof cases for film and photography professionals looking to protect their sensitive gear while working in harsh, wet climates, like the tropics or the arctic.
The company releases its first line of polycarbonate luggage, marking a new frontier in its design history. The new material is temperature resistant and a lighter weight than previous models.
RIMOWA collaborates with Berlin-based sneaker store Solebox to create its first transparent case designed to show-off a traveler’s packed sneakers.
RIMOWA collaborates with BAPE for the first time, creating an all-gold and an all-silver case with BAPE’s classic camo print.
LVMH, the luxury brand behemoth, acquires an 80 percent stake in RIMOWA.
RIMOWA does collaborations with Anti Social Social Club and UNITED ARROWS.