Hartmann Inc. was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by Bavarian trunk-maker, Joseph S. Hartmann in 1887. Mr. Hartmann had a vision to build “luggage so fine it will stand as a symbol of excellence.” You can even see James Bond carrying a signature Hartmann case in the movie “Live and Let Die.”
The Hartmann family sold the company to the Benjamin S. Katz family in 1956, and a manufacturing facility was opened in a high-school gymnasium in Lebanon, Tennessee. From this humble beginning, the firm’s reputation was reborn and even now, Hartmann customers know the brand’s stylish designs are still created from the finest materials and with American craftsmanship.
“Throughout its history, Hartmann has upheld its image as the definitive American purveyor of stylish carrying bags, always viewing luggage as a veritable fashion accessory. From creating gorgeous yet practical trunks and Pullmans for steamliner and railway travel, to the current development of smaller, fashionable suitcases for today’s flyers, Hartmann has always been the brand of choice for discerning travelers.”