Samsonite was founded in 1910 by luggage salesman Jesse Shwayder, in Denver, Colorado. Shwayder decided he could build a better, stronger suitcase than most of the cardboard sided ones. A religious man, Shwayder called his first suitcase Samson, after the strong man in the bible. Later, the name was changed to Samsonite.
Today, most Samsonite cases and bags are made in India, although headquarters are in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The company is now owned by the investment firm CVC Capital Partners, who purchased the company in 2007 for $1.7 billion. Samsonite is perhaps one of the best-known names in the luggage industry.
Company stock in Hong Kong took a hit after the CEO, Ramesh Tainwala, was forced to step down after it was revealed that his education credentials were fake.
Samsonite luggage, bags, and cases are sold under several names, including American Tourister, Hartmann, Samsonite Red, Gregory Mountain Products, and High Sierra.
Headquarters for the US are located in Mansfield, Massachusetts.