The story of a lifetime

The story
of a lifetime

When Jesse Shwayder founded Samsonite® in 1910 in Denver, travel was once reserved for only an exclusive few, those who had the means to see the world. Given this exclusivity, travel was a high quality experience from the transportation, to the attention to service, to even the accessories used to carry one’s belongings. As one of the original brands in travel, Samsonite has continued to leverage its craftsmanship and heritage as an innovator for the past 100 years, to create stylish and high quality solutions for the world traveller.

Today, Samsonite continues to lead the luggage category with the same core principles, further expanding Shwayder’s vision globally with design and innovation into product categories and consumer targets.

  • 1910

    The Shwayder Brothers, the company’s original founders, manufacture robust wooden trunks.


  • 1941

    Streamlite was an innovative luggage line made by covering a wooden frame with vulcanised fibre with rawhide effect (to give it a leather look).


  • 1962

    The Classic Attaché was the first magnesium reinforced ABS-document case for business people.

    Classic Attaché

  • 1974

    The first Samsonite suitcase on wheels.

  • 1986

    Oyster, the first suitcase with a three-point lock system.


  • 1989

    The first suitcase with a piggyback system.

  • 1993

    The first Handy Case, a new concept for feminine luggage.

  • 1997

    The first Big Wheel upright case which makes it easier to climb stairs.

  • 2000

    The first Samsonite aluminium product.


  • 2001

    The first suitcase with a wide pull handle.

  • 2002

    The first product with a rigid, though lightweight shell structure, due to over-injected termo-formed panels.

  • 2003

    The first Samsonite softside spinner with 4 wheels which offers more stability and mobility, allowing travellers to either tow or roll their suitcase.

  • 2005

    The first suitcase with a multi-point lock system.

    Multi-point lock system

  • 2008

    Cosmolite: made of the innovative Curv® material. Resulting in the strongest and lightest Samsonite suitcase ever.


  • 2010

    B-Lite: the lightest Samsonite suitcase ever thanks to its unique design with integrated handles, which combines extreme lightness and incredible strength.


  • 2011

    Another Samsonite innovation is born: Advanced Hybrid Technology. This new technology is included in the new ranges Cordoba Duo and Sahora Regeneration.

    Advanced Hybrid

  • 2012

    Samsonite succeeded in creating an extremely lightweight three-point lock polypropylene collection, due to the new revolutionary polypropylene material called Flowlite.


  • 2013

    Cosmolite is even lighter, thanks to Curv® Technology: only 1.8 kg for the spinner 55 cm.

    Cosmolite 2013

  • 2014

    Lite-Locked: the pioneering light-weight collection is launched, merging a three-point locking system with revolutionary Curv® material. Lightness has never been so Secure; Security has never been so Light.

    Lite Locked

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