It all started in 1933, when founder Sol Koffler put his life savings on the line to start a luggage company in Providence, Rhode Island. His dream: a tough suitcase that could sell for a dollar. In 1945 air travel was taking off and lighter luggage was in high demand. So American Tourister introduced Hi-Taper luggage that was lighter and easier to pack. In the 80s and 90s, the company continued to design hard side products, while also responding to the shift in demand for soft side – durable cases that could withstand even the toughest quality critic, a gorilla. In 1993, American Tourister was acquired by Samsonite, marking the union of the world’s greatest luggage brands. The brand continues to grow and is present in over 90 countries worldwide. Now American Tourister is one of the leading luggage brands, trusted all over the world.