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Tried and tested: Rimowa luggage
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Some readers have asked me to review three things: the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung Galaxy camera, and Rimowa luggage. Let me start with the luggage before I take on the gadgets.
One of the things I love about blogging is how I get to learn stuff from readers everywhere.
Like Rona, who suggested I convert our hot concrete roof into a green roof, when I wondered how to renovate our roof deck.
Another thing I learned from a reader is Rimowa. First things first, someone told me the German luggage brand is pronounced “ree-mo-vah”, which is a tongue twister to me.
Rimowas are very expensive. I was able to buy my first one using gift checks from Adora. I chose a big black one.
What convinced me were three basic things: sleek design, the convenience of four spinner wheels, and its lightweightness.

Love, Rimowa

Four spinner wheels are great, especially if you have so much luggage. They are easier to handle, push and pull, even without a baggage cart.
Six months after my first Rimowa, I discovered the trunk version, which appealed to me because of how it opens.
Most Rimowas open in the middle, so you have two equal compartments to pack. It can be tricky if one side is heavier.
The nice thing about the trunk is opens on top. Most of the weight can be placed in the bottom, while things I don’t want crushed get stored on top, using a mesh divider.

Rimowa trunk

What I like about the trunk is it’s easier to keep organized if you don’t have time to unpack. It takes up less space than the regular luggage when opened on the floor.

5 luggage, 30 kilos overweight, no charge :)

The trunk comes in two sizes. I have both. The smaller one is for shorter trips with no shopping involved (read: Tagaytay). The bigger one is for traveling abroad.
Since I shop a lot, I usually bring three extra Eagle Creek duffels because I don’t like having to buy extra luggage abroad.
The Eagle Creek duffel packs small

Eagle Creek duffel

and expands to this. They are super durable.

Eagle Creek duffel

To date I have three Rimowa trunks. The large black Rimowa I gave to a friend.

Our luggage

I have never had a bad experience with Rimowa. Never had it dented. Except one time when I overpacked, I broke its zipper (my fault) but it was repaired for free in Manila.
They are easy to clean. Once in a while I peel off the airport stickers which leave a residue, which can be easily wiped off using Goo Gone (available at True Value).
On my wish list is one more Rimowa trunk, which I’m saving up for. I prefer a large trunk in Pearl Rose, which is extremely rare. I had seen them at Greenbelt before, but someone beat me to it.
Rimowa trunk in pearl rose
To find a Rimowa retailer in the Philippines, click HERE.

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Queenie Chua-vivar

Zipper vs latch closure? Classic vs trunk? I usually overshop. ? thank you!

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Brian O

Earlier this year I bought 2 of the high end (gold aluminum) Rimowa bags. They are a treat to look at and roll beautifully. I spent over $3,000 on the two of them. I would not repeat this purchase for the following reasons: 1. The wheels break continuously. I’ve had 10 trips with them and have replaced 3 wheels. 2. They just don’t stand up the the airport baggage handling equipment. Having said that I knew they would get a bit dented and I’m ok with that. When I say don’t stand up the rivets pop out of them and… Read more »

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Ira

Hi, have you ever encountered any problem with airline restrictions when using the large/32″ trunk?

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CVS Reply:

none

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Anna

Back reading your rimowa posts because I just got 4 rimowa amenity kits from a recent trip through EVA air. They look great, contemplating on buying a luggage but muntik ako mahimatay sa mahal!!! I just checked ebay and they’re listing these rimowa kits between $50-$100! Over! But then again kahit maibenta ko kulang pa din for a luggage. Lol! Well I guess I will have to settle with these kits until I can afford to splurge even with a carry on luggage. πŸ™‚ [Reply]CVS Reply:May 31st, 2014 at 1:12 PMhello! can I buy them from you? please email me… Read more »

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Hello- I love that you regularly review bags and luggages here. But I really would appreciate if you disclosed if you were paid or received goodies, samples etc. I know that this is required in other parts of the world and i also know that brands continue to strive to blur the line between a paid post an ad, a sponsored post, etcetera. I believe that you have an interesting point of view and i will still read you even if most your posts are paid for- but i think that it is just but fair to your readers to… Read more »

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Rimovah pala?? Akala ko Rimowa lang… parang Kyowa… hahaha

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teadrinker Reply:

Tempted to ask the sales staff on how to pronounce the name of the product they’re selling πŸ˜€

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CVS Reply:

they know πŸ™‚

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teadrinker Reply:

That’s so good to know!

When in doubt, I go to http://www.howjsay.com/ to hear correct pronunciations of words, whether proper or common nouns. πŸ™‚

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Joel Cruz Reply:

I use Forvo πŸ™‚ most helpful for non-English words

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teadrinker Reply:

Nice! I’ll bookmark it.

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Tempted to ask the sales staff on how to pronounce the name of the product they’re selling πŸ˜€

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Audie Garcia

I’m sure you’ll find this intereseting, http://www.koffer24.com.

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Must buy one of those Eagle Creek duffels!

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Wow! This is one of my most awaited posts from you Ms. Cecile! Thanks! I saw one tweet before, from the Eye Surgeon (Dr. Alnette Tan) she was asking you abt. Rimowa size. I just need someone to tell me the pros and cons. I’ll buy one agad-agad na! πŸ˜‰ Btw, I know now that some Rimowas are no longer Made in Germany ( but Authentic pa rin) I saw them here in the US Have you heard of “Kartonite” It’s the OFWs term for the Balikbayan box ( karton + Samsonite) haha! [Reply]CVS Reply:April 22nd, 2013 at 2:38 PMyes… Read more »

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Sorry to burst the bubble, but I will never ever buy Rimowa again. I know that they are sleek and user friendly but I’ve had 3 (2 big luggages and 1 hand carry) and all three of them within 5 years crack opened at the corners. (non repairable) Even if it’s a 10 year warranty and they do have great customer service, why spend that much just to constantly bring it to the store for repair? I just wish that the quality and the price is comparable.

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LL

Sorry but I just have to correct this: James Bond’s luggage is not Rimowa it’s Globetrotter. The most recent one which was shown in Skyfall is, in fact, retailing as a collector’s item in Globetrotter London for 5,000 quid. I am a Rimowa user and I agree that it’s very functional and slick in design. But I also have a Globetrotter which I use when I escape in “luxury” trips especially in islands that dot the Mediterranean. Check Globetrotter’s Centenary collection and I’m sure you’ll find it quite worth coveting. [Reply]CVS Reply:April 22nd, 2013 at 7:30 AMGlobetrotters are too expensive… Read more »

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Are Eagle Creek duffels available here in Manila? Ü

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CVS Reply:

yes at Travel Club

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Love this entry! I dream to have these Rimowa http://instagram.com/p/Ps92goRhE-/

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This is travelling in style. If you are going to Europe and plan to fly by budget airlines in europe you would pay more for your luggage than your seat,LOL

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Ako enough na for me that it’s the luggage of choice of Hollywood celebrities. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Elizabeth Hurley, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ashley Greene!!!

Syempre, I know this because I featured Rimowa in OK! magazine and ako yung nagsulat ng article. Then after writing the article, off I went to Adora to buy and then balked at the price tag hahaha. When I told the saleslady that Hollywood stars use Rimowa, she said, “Ma’am, it’s used by James Bond.” James Bond talaga! =D

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CVS Reply:

lol. love that James Bond.

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how about Tumi?? [Reply]CVS Reply:April 21st, 2013 at 11:19 PMi don’t have Tumi and I think they’re heavy and expensive πŸ™‚ [Reply]Christopher Sevilla Reply:April 21st, 2013 at 11:27 PMmay mga bago silang product line… pinagaan na ata nila alsmost the same price din ng rimowa at saka iba design depende sa model they have alpha light tapos binago nila yung ducati nila [Reply]Christopher Sevilla Reply:April 21st, 2013 at 11:29 PMmas madami na akong nakikitang salary man dito sa tokyo na naka tumi kesa porter..sorry out of the topic [Reply]Christopher Sevilla Reply:April 21st, 2013 at 11:36 PMtegra lite pala bago nila… Read more »

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tegra lite pala bago nila gomene

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Chris Paglicauan

I have Tumi and I really like it. The zipper alone screams quality, no offense to Rimowa. Tumi and Rimowa, I think, have the same price points, right? I’d like to have a Rimowa too in the future. But as of now, I’m very content with my Tumi. (and Delsey, for that matter.LOL!)

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Em Dy

I, on the other hand, learned about Rimowa from you.

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