First a little bit of history. As I have mentioned before, since the Louis Vuitton group has acquired Rimowa a changed. The Rimowa Original product line, previously known as Topas, also changed. The Topas model was silver colored. Besides that there was the more exclusive and expensive Topas Stealth and Topas Titanium. This year the Stealth and Titanium are no longer a separate product range. Rimowa now only has the Original model and it comes in three variations of color; Original (silver aluminium colored), Stealth (Black ionised) and Titanium (Bronze/Goldish ionized). Many aspects of this suitcase are similar to that of the Rimowa Classic I previously wrote a review about. I will elaborate on the unique aspects of this model and will try to prevent from repeating what has been written in the Classic review.
The Rimowa Original Cabin is together with the Rimowa Classic Cabin one of the most popular models. The Original product range has three cabin models the M, which I will discuss in this article, is the middle one. This is probably the reason it’s so popular. The smallest one, the S, might be too small and the largest Cabin, the Plus, might not be allowed on board on certain airliners. The middle way is the M.
Previous models had the Rimowa logo on the box. This box is completely blank except for the label. The tape on the outside show a mark where you have to open it with a box cutter. I believe the reason for removing the logo from the box is that Rimowa is depending more on online sales, which requires the item to be shipped. Removing the logo covers up the value of the item which will reduces the chance of being embezzled in the process.
The label on the box gives you already a lot of valuable information on the content of the box. The Rimowa Original I’m reviewing is one that is made in Germany. It has also been purchased in Germany. Chances are that you will get one manufactured in Canada if you purchase it in North America. The dimensions and weight mentioned on the label are according to the metric system. A Rimowa purchased in North America will have it according to the imperial system. The model number is 92553034. The serial number ends with 18 which means it has been manufactured in 2018.
The inside is similar to that of the Rimowa Classic. The box has an extra carton inside for extra protection. Beneath that you will find the actual suitcase covered in a dust bag. The previous models had a transparent plastic bag covering it. The dust bag is a real improvement and gives it a luxurious touch and feel.
Undressing the suitcase from the dust bag reveals a beautiful golden bronze suitcase. The Titanium color is my favorite color. The Titanium color has a very elegant feel to it. Whereas the Stealth, black one, has a more serious, business sense to it. The silver color is somewhat in the middle, an all purpose color.
The spot where the Add-A-Bag holder used to be, on the top in the middle, has been replaced by a solid piece of aluminum which has the Rimowa logo on it. It feels out of place. I tried to get used to it but I can’t. I believe it’s because of the following reason: German design is often functionality and design in perfect harmony. Porsche, Glashütte are good examples of german brands who know who to harmonise functionality and design. The spot where the solid aluminum resides used to be the place of the Add-A-Bag holder. Before that, there was a fastener. So there was design and functionality. Now it’s just a place which only shows the brand. Is this a Louis Vuitton telling us, this is not a german designed suitcase anymore. We are breaking with German design principles? I can’t give you another example of a feature on any other Rimowa case which is so in your face and doesn’t have any functionality.
Regarding the design of the exterior this is the only thing that bothers me. The exterior in general is just exquisite and there is no other suitcase out there that comes close to the Rimowa Original Cabin.
The tag on the outside has some nice details to it. The rivet with the Rimowa logo on it, the text Rimowa which is embossed and the seal which also has the Rimowa logo on it. Other features on the outside which are interesting are the hinges, the locks and the wheels.
The Rimowa logo is engraved on the hinge. Previous models had ‘Made in Germany’ or ‘Made in Canada’ engraved on it. On some luggage the hinge was not engraved at all. This usually went it was made in The Czech Republic. This solution seems more consistent but ‘Made in Germany’ engraved on it has my preference.
The TSA-locks and the handles haven’t changed since the last couple of years. The wheels are also similar, except that it now has the Rimowa logo on it.
The interiors are identical on all three colorways. The previous version either had a blue or a black interior. The layout of the interior hasn’t changed. There are two Flex Dividers which keeps your luggage in place. The Flex Divider has a pouch where you can put in small items, like underwear or socks. The Flex Dividers are kept in place with velcro, even under great pressure the velcro works fine and doesn’t come off. I think the Flex Dividers are relatively large for the already limited space. But they are more convenient than straps that hold your clothes in place.
In the Flex Divider a portfolio can be found which hold the manual, warranty documents, the leather luggage tag and a sticker sheet.
The cassette or portfolio where the documents, sticker and luggage label are in is made very well and has a lot of attention to detail. Even the pages of the manual look nice with artistic drawings on each page.
The Titanium is no longer a model of its own but is now one of the three color variations of the Rimowa Original model. There is no price difference between the three colors either. The change Rimowa made, makes the product range more transparent and more easy to choose from. The upgrades the suitcase received under the new French regime made the suitcase more a luxury item. Before it was still a high end suitcase but it was felt more like functional business travelers luggage. Also with the recent collaborations with Fendi and Supreme it seems like Rimowa becomes more of a fashionistas must have.