The Pullman Magazine - - Profiles -

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

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