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American Tourister

Founding date

: 1933

Founding place

: Providence, Rhode Island, USA


: 85 years ago


  • Brand of luggage owned by Samsonite. They address both the casual and business segments.
  • They manufacture suitcases, backpacks and wallets.
How old is American Tourister in 2018? 85 years
Where was American Tourister founded?Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Who is American Tourister? / Facts

  • Early beginning - Sol Koffler is the one that founded the company, in 1933. He wanted to make a tough suitcase that could be sold for 1$.
  • Sol Koffler - Moved to the United States in 1920s. A recent immigrant, he found a job at a steamer trunks manufacturing factory. He got the hang of it quite quickly and a few years later decided to make a move on his own and create a more durable product.
  • World conquerors - Started in 1933 in an empty grocery store in Rhode Island, American Tourister became one of the top brands to dominate the luggage segments and is now present in over 90 countries.
  • Samsonite - American Tourister was bought by Samsonite in 1993. As former rivals, the idea of being incorporated in Samsonite, came into discussion, but the American Tourister was already a strong brand so it was decided to keep it running like that.

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