t all began in Cologne at the turn of the 20th century when a certain Paul Morszeck decided to set up a wooden travel trunk business. Belle Epoque high society soon fell in love with his wares, but it wasn't until 1937 that things really began to take off. It was in that year that Richard, the founder's son, launched the first ever aluminium trunk, then innovating still further in 1950 by introducing the duralumin suitcase. Made with an alloy of aluminium and copper, the case featured an aircraft-inspired grooved design that was to end up becoming the firm's trademark, even going on to inspire its slogan: "the original luggage with the grooves”. Today, Ri-mo-wa (from Richard Morszeck Warenzeichen) continues to be a family affair: the current CEO, aviation enthusiast and pilot Dieter Morszeck, Richard's son, has already been at the helm for more than 40 years.
Adopted by jetsetters, businessmen and airline pilots alike, Rimowa luggage is nowadays crafted from ultra-light polycarbonate and comes in a vast range of zingy hues. Take, for example, one of the newest additions - the Bossa Nova range (Dieter Morszeck is madly in love with Brazil). All the items in this particular range are green in both hue and function, with a portion of every sale going to an NGO that funds Amazonian rainforest conservation projects. Rimowa luggage is also