Fashion & Beauty

RIMOWA: An Archive, Since 1898

Over a 100 years of travel essentials by the collectible luxury luggage brand RIMOWA, whose signature aluminum cases have forever entered the contemporary design lexicon.

Since its beginnings in 1898 in Cologne, Germany, RIMOWA has been at the forefront of innovation, with a heritage marked by crafting the highest quality luggage for voyagers of every era. Throughout the twentieth century and into the present day, RIMOWA has always met revolutions in transportation with a pragmatic, industrial, and resolutely modern approach. From locomotives and steamships of the past to today's jetliners and beyond, its expertly engineered cases combine a distinctly streamlined design with technical prowess. With this rich history, coupled with recent collaborations with contemporary cult brands such as Supreme, Dior, Off-White, Porsche, and Fendi, the storied house's wares have built a reputation as coveted items for the discerning, purposeful traveler.

This new volume spotlights a selection of the most iconic pieces from RIMOWA's archives via captivating, never-before-published photographs exclusively shot for this publication, enriched with illustrations and other vintage brand material. From early turn-of-the-century trunks and leather luggage and the pioneering invention of the first lightweight aluminum suitcase in 1937, to the iconic 1950 grooved design inspired by the fuselage of classic aircrafts, rarefied imagery pays homage to the emblematic fixtures of RIMOWA's past and present, and with it the history of more than a century of travel.
Crafted in Italy and printed on the finest European papers, this oversize tome serves as an ode to RIMOWA's thirst for innovation and functional approach to modern luxury.

About The Author

RIMOWA is a luxury luggage brand established in 1898 in Cologne by Paul Morszeck. Since its founding, it has placed quality and innovation at its core, creating luggage for the discerning, purposeful traveler. Designed and engineered in Germany, RIMOWA combines heritage and craftsmanship with the rigors of modern technology.

  • Publish Date: November 17, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10-1/2 x 13-3/4
  • Pages: 270
  • US Price: $95.00
  • CDN Price: $130.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6800-1


"RIMOWA has crafted high quality luggage and travel essentials since its beginnings in 1898 in Cologne, Germany. This fall, Rizzoli is spotlighting the internationally-coveted luggage brand’s history in a 270-page book." —HYPEBEAST.COM

"Luxury book publisher Rizzoli will be dropping RIMOWA: An Archive, Since 1868 in November of this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush...A beautiful celebration of the internationally-coveted luggage brand and its iconic lightweight aluminum suitcases, the Rizzoli hardcover explores not only the brand's history and heritage but also its modern marketing genius including hyped collaborations with fashion labels like Dior and Off-White." —AIROWS.COM

"Cologne-based luggage company Rimowa has been making coveted suitcases and travel accessories since 1898.Now the company known for signature aluminum cases has teamed up with Rizzoli publishing to create a book documenting 100 years of Rimowa’s products.RIMOWA: An Archive, Since 1898 is filled with photographs, illustrations, and other vintage brand ephemera culled from the company’s archive.And if you didn’t lust for this now iconic luggage before, you will after seeing some of these archival treasures." — USA TODAY 

"From their first aluminum trunk in 1937 to their iconic grooved suitcases of the 1950s, Rimowa's innovative spirit has been arming travelers with high-quality luggage for over a century. This oversize tome pays homage to the brand's rich heritage by showcasing some of their most notable pieces. Starting with their beginnings in Cologne, Germany, Rimowa: An Archive Since 1898 journeys through the famed company's 100-year history with never-before-published photographs, illustrations, and vintage brand material, highlighting everything from their turn-of-the-century trunks to their recent collaborations along the way." — UNCRATE.COM 

"A Rimowa design draws coveted stares from regular suitcase wheelers in global departure lounges. From your coffee table, Rimowa: An Archive, Since 1898, will incur equally envious eyelines."