Our brand today
Don’t let the youthful look fool you… American Tourister has been around for more than 85 years!
Our beginning of time
In 1933, founder Sol Koffler invests his life savings into a luggage company in Providence, Rhode Island. He wants to turn his dream into reality:
A tough suitcase that could sell for a dollar.
Call for lighter luggage
Heeding the call for lighter luggage sparked by increased air travel, American Tourister introduces Hi-Taper luggage that is lighter and easier to pack.
In 1946, we launch our first national advertising campaign featuring luxurious interiors, fashionable colors and durable construction.
The pace-setter for molded luggage
We pioneer the world’s first molded luggage with innovative material –
Not surprisingly, the pace-setter for luggage design quickly becomes all the rage!
Flight test approves
We become the first company to ‘flight test’ our bags with flight attendants from major airlines.
Gorilla proves durability
We continue to design durable cases that could withstand even the toughest quality critic:
Our brand’s “Gorilla ad” campaign is launched and would continue to run for 15 years.
Today, the Gorilla remains one of our most celebrated icons, symbolizing the strength and durability of American Tourister products.
Softside bags arise
While continuing to design high quality hardside products, we respond to the shift in demand for durable, softside bags with ingeniously engineered products.
The union with Samsonite
American Tourister is acquired by Samsonite, marking the union of the world’s greatest luggage brands.
Our brand continues to grow and establishes its presence in over 90 countries worldwide.
Let the fun continues
We continue to diversify our product lines. Our brand now offers a vast selection of superior quality travel products that are youthful, fun, colorful, fashionable, functional and affordable all at once. The perfect fusion of style and practicality, American Tourister has been: