For some, Hartmann and luxury travel go hand in hand. Hartmann, established in 1877 and one of the oldest makers of premium luggage, manufactures upscale brief cases, wheeled luggage, wallets, garment bags, personal leather goods, and other accessories. The company's products are distributed and sold through high-end department stores and luggage shops in the US and internationally. Owned by private equity firm Clarion Capital Partners, Hartmann also offers custom luggage design to customers in the US through its DesignTime service. The company expanded its business in 2011 through its purchase of 110-year-old Boyt Luggage, making the fellow luggage company a stand-alone subsidiary.
As part of the acquisition, Hartmann maintained Boyt's management and sales force, which continues to market the Boyt brand. Under Hartmann, Boyt rolled out a new signature Mach line in 2011.
To give it a leg up in the incentives niche alongside other luxury-products makers, Hartmann entered a strategic partnership with Lapine, a longtime provider of sales in the incentive and recognition industry. The agreement helps Hartmann fine-tune its target marketing.
Previously owned by Brown-Forman, the spirits distributor sent Hartmann packing in 2007 by selling the luggage firm to Clarion Capital Partners, which primarily invests in consumer products companies and specialty retail firms, among others. Brown-Forman sold Hartmann to focus on its profitable alcoholic beverages business. – less