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7R Master , Characterized by Craftsmanship

Connoisseurs of design classics will appreciate the fine craftsmanship and reassuring innovative techniques involved in making one Hartmann suitcase. A rigorous and relentless process involving more than 250 steps is required to make the unique design. The end result is a pure masterpiece in custom design, innovation and performance that will eclipse any fashion trend.

The wardrobe trunk

In the early 1910s, the nation was in the midst of vast industrial growth. The newly established railroads connected 38 states, facilitating more frequent travel.

Those early travellers all appreciated Hartmann’s product not only for its quality and durability but also for its brilliant practicality and a fashion sense.

In 1923, Hartmann pioneered the “Cushion top” for wardrobe trunks, which kept coat hangers in place to prevent creasing. This exciting development was widely used by celebrities, royalty and the rich and famous. More than half a million Hartmann wardrobe trunks were sold around the world.

Hartmann Cushion Top Wardrobe Trunks

Belting leather

To reduce the appearance of wear and tear on leather suitcases, Hartmann was looking for a new, super-strong leather with maximum durability and individuality.

The president of Hartmann presented the belt from a flywheel to a Canadian tannery. In 1939, Hartmann developed Belting Leather, a unique vegetable-tanned leather that retains all of its characteristics – “nature's beauty marks” – resulting in a distinctiveness not found in other leathers.

Belting leather


During the steel shortage of WWII, Hartmann collaborated with the US Navy to develop the Seapack, made from a flexible basswood frame – a revolutionary product that was durable yet lightweight.

This material proved to withstand travel better than aluminium or steel, allowing the U.S. to utilise these metals for wartime purposes. It was presented to Prime Minister Winston Churchill by President Roosevelt as an example of outstanding American manufacturing. Later, Seapack evolved into Skymate.

Skymate was designed with a flexible wooden frame and side panels to create more packing space and convenience. Author Ian Fleming immortalised Hartmann in his 1954 novel, Live and Let Die, with Agent 007 – James Bond – carrying a lightweight Hartmann Skymate suitcase.