The first case was produced in the year 1898 – in the case factory in Cologne. At the time, the name of the company was Kofferfabrik Paul Morszeck. At the turn of the century, the cases were made of wood but the Cologne factory has always been making them as lightweight as possible. Within a few years, Rimowa’s large wardrobe and steamer trunks have become the representative travel companions of high society.
In 1937, Richard Morszeck, the son of the company founder, brings the first steamer trunk made of lightweight metal onto the market, under the brand name RIMOWA (Richard Morszeck Warenzeichen). The first case made from aluminum – with the typical contour structure that has since made Rimowa products unmistakable – came out in 1950. The design combines minimum weight with maximum stability. Among the international jet set the contour cases quickly attain the status of cult objects.
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