rimowa

rimowa

Timeline
1898

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.

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1931

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.”

 

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1937

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.

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1950

Inspired by all-metal jets, RIMOWA luggage receives its signature parallel grooved surface for the first time.

 

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1976

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.

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2000

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.

 

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2009

RIMOWA collaborates with Berlin-based sneaker store Solebox to create its first transparent case designed to show-off a traveler’s packed sneakers.

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2010

RIMOWA collaborates with BAPE for the first time, creating an all-gold and an all-silver case with BAPE’s classic camo print.

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2016

LVMH, the luxury brand behemoth, acquires an 80 percent stake in RIMOWA.

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2017

RIMOWA does collaborations with Anti Social Social Club and UNITED ARROWS.

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2018

Collaborates with OFF-WHITE for the first time, creating a one-of-a-kind transparent design. RIMOWA also collaborates with Supreme, selling out of the bags within 16 seconds upon its online release.

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