samsonite luggage

Welcome to History Lesson,’s newest blog feature. Once a month, we’ll be covering the storied histories and colorful pasts of your favorite luggage brands and products. This month’s featured brand is Samsonite. One of the best-known travel brands in the country, Samsonite has been bringing quality of Biblical proportions to the luggage (and furniture?) industry for over a century. 

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Samsonite LogoAround the turn of the 20th century, a young Colorado native named Jesse Shwayder was working successfully as a New York-based luggage salesman for The Seward Trunk and Bag Company. Though he made plenty of money, Jesse was homesick for the west. In 1910, he took his luggage knowledge and life savings of $3,500 back to his home state to establish his own company. It was after this leap of faith that the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company was born. Without traditional management experience, Jesse based his business model on the Golden Rule, applying “do unto others” to his own employees as well as their customers.

Though the initial $3,500 disappeared quickly, business was steady. In 1917, Jesse turned a profit of over $76,000. By 1925, the remaining four Shwayder brothers–Maurice, Ben, Mark, and Sol–had joined the rapidly expanding team. Continue Reading »

Samsonite Duffel BagMary Ray of Perry, GA says:

I am so impressed with this wonderful lightweight bag. This bag will be good for my cruise as it folds up after unpacking and is lightweight.

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How do you enjoy New York City on a budget?

First, pack smart.

Since a budget traveler never uses limos or taxi cabs, the lightweight Samsonite LIFT spinner upright is perfect for maneuvering crowded airports, subways and city buses.

Next, comfortable walking shoes are a must.

By all means, place your fashionable shoes in a purse or sling backpack – but in order to enjoy Manhattan’s concrete jungle your tootsies have to be happy. Continue Reading »

Samsonite LIFT – The New Super Light Spinner Luggage – 20% Sale.

If you are looking for an extremely lightweight yet durable luggage, then we have the bag for you. The New Samsonite LIFT is remarkably lightweight and yet durable.  The Spinner wheels glide with ease when traversing the airports or just to the car. With airport fees for overweight baggage on the rise, Samsonite LIFT has come to the rescue for many travelers wanting to avoid costly fees. Simple yet attractive, Samsonite L.I.F.T. is one of the lightest luggage lines we have seen to date.

LIFT by Samsonite combines durable fabrics, smooth riding wheels, and durable handles system using a unique groove channel that reduces damage and give it a stable and solid feel. Going with the 21″ upright, we found the case to weight only 6.2 lbs. The TPR construction really makes the Samsonite LIFT look very clean an tight. Remember, hard to break but easy to lift.

For a limited time you can get an additional 20% off the Samsonite LIFT by using the coupon code: BASE20 at