- Oct 9, 2016
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Discussion on latest generation Rimowa quality compared with previous generation.
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Thank you for your comment and vote. Everyone has an opinion; and for some people the old logo looks better, in terms of 70s logos anyway. The nostalgia element definitely plays a role here. The newer one is sleek, minimalist and in my opinion more understated, fitting the new sleeker profile of the new models.I have a lot of Rimowa luggage that is maybe 10 years old and price as actually not changed much. I have the Topaz IATA spinner and back when I bought mine the retail was something like $900...now it is $1,000 and the black and titanium colors are the same price. Previously the titanium was the most expensive followed by the black. I think I recall the Titanium version being around $1,300. I know back then the interior was upgraded slightly.
I bought the Topaz trunk when it first came out and I didn't like the ratcheting handle at first but now I think it is better.
The new models to me are visually less attractive but that is the only thing that is obviously worse to me. The old Rimowa logos on the outside of the cases were stickers so the new maybe uglier branding is an upgrade.
I am not in the USA, you are mistaken. The Bespoke luggage I am referring to is custom-made, leather luggage by Toyooka Bag Company, or a similar maker, some are single artisans, and some are companies like Toyooka, that take special requests. Tumi is not considered to be high-end, it is on par with Samsonite; the quality is sub-par, materials are sub-par, and customer service is horrendous. It won't be acknowledged here. Globetrotter is a RTW luggage company, overpriced, to a worse extent than Rimowa. I would expect brass rivets with Globetrotter, they use aluminium or steel instead, disappointing. Trio Corporation in Japan take custom requests, they can create aluminium alloy luggage to your specifications, or fibreboard. There are a whole lot of local companies unknown internationally, some in Shanghai, some in Japan, and other places that can create bespoke luggage with the specified best materials, at lower cost than Rimowa's asking price. Rimowa has patents to their excellent wheels and design, and make great products, but their pricing strategy is extortionate, unrealistic, and unethical in my opinion. They should not sell RTW at Bespoke prices, with a worse warranty than before.I like stores. That is one of the best advantages of owning Rimowa or Tumi. I had a new Salsa Sport trunk and on my first trip with it the zipper broke. I took it to the Rimowa store in Helsinki and they repaired in a day.
I know for a time the prices in Germany were cheaper but in the USA what price change are you referring to? A $100 increase in 10 years is nothing.
Also what bespoke luggage are you referring to? I can't think of any that would be a comparable product to Rimowa. I have seen a bigger price increase in Globetrotter luggage than Rimowa and you cannot check a Globetrotter. Tumi has had huge price increases after Rimowa gained popularity in the USA...I don't see it with Rimowa though.