Fate played a huge part in the creation of the first Rimowa luggage. In the 1930s, a fire broke out in its German factory, and in the aftermath of the catastrophe, only a piece of steel was left intact. The disaster inspired the company to manufacture bags made of the same material, composed of 205 separate parts carefully put together. Since then, Rimowa’s signature style has become a ubiquitous sight in many of the world’s airports.
This year marks the company’s 80th anniversary, and to celebrate, it called up some of its more famous fans to showcase their own Rimowas. Each luggage was photographed by Frank Hülsbömer, with all of his snaps to be posted on the brand’s social media channels. From chef Massimo Bottura to film director David Fincher, it seems no one is exempt from Rimowa’s unique persönlichkeit—personality.
Below are five luggage and what their owners have to say about the magic of travel.