I bought RIMOWA suitcase fifteen years ago when I visited Stuttgart on business trip.
I was a marketing planner at the advertisement company in Japan in charge of Mercedesbenz account.
We were invited to the headquarter of Daimler Chrysler AG to learn the latest information of the new C-class and smart for four. Actually, the company was divided into Daimler and Chrysler again in 2007, but it was the third largest automotive company in the world at that moment and spent a huge money on advertisement campaigns even in Japan.
On the business trip, my colleagues recommended me to buy RIMOWA suitcase because it is much cheaper in Germany than Japan. I don’t know the price exactly, but my discount model was around a half of the original price in Japan. Two of my colleagues had already owned the one and both of them bought the second RIMOWA. I was 30 years old, I clealy remember that they looked so cool for me that they were very familiar to business trip overseas carrying glared tough RIMOWA like international business people.
RIMOWA was founded in Köln by Paul Morsceck in 1898. At that time, the shop was called Paul Morsceck & Co. ,named after him and it sold leather made suitcases that was popular among the noble.
A son of the founder, Richard succeeded his business and developed the modern suitcases made of aluminum and renamed the brand, taking the first two capitals of his name; RIchard MOrscheck WArenzeuchen.
RIMOWA got very popular in Japan around 2001 when I bought the first one and when they launched the first polycarbonate model.
This time, I was wondering if I should buy a polycarbonate model or an original aluminum model. The pros of polycarbonate model was lightweight, needless to say. And also, polycarbonate has more color variations. I found the Europe-limited color edition that was just recently launched. For these reasons, I almost made a decision to buy a polycarbonate model of slate color, but I had a second thought right after opening the model and found the cons of polycarbonate models.
First, the joit was made of leather. I know leather is strong enough to pull but not strong to be cut.
Second, it was not made in Germany. I don’t want to criticize the country that made polycarbonate models, so I don’t mention it here. I know most products of German originated brand are not made in Germany any more so as Japanese manufacturers do.
However, I personally stick to the origin of the brand and stick to comemoration of my second business trip to Germany fifteen years after my first business trip.
At the end of the day, I bought the original aluminum model of German made. I selected champagne gold because silver is too common and the black is too formal.
Last not but least, this second one matches better with my first one.
It will be better as time goes by.
Here is my first RIMOWA.