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100 Years of Quality Craftsmanship

The Centennial Collection

Introducing the Korchmar Centennial Collection: a celebration of 100 years of quality craftsmanship, designed to harken back to the days of old while incorporating modern features desired by today’s most discerning business professionals and travelers.
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1917

In 1917, Max Korchmar launched Korchmar (formerly "The Leather Specialty Company") on Main Street in Cincinnati, Ohio with a vision to create world-class leather goods and accessories. Korchmar's first products were leather automobile lamp visors, thermos cases, and premium leather 'suitcase corners' designed to protect the edges of old style trunks and hard-sided luggage.

1920s

Max Korchmar was asked by the United States government to write specifications for briefcases to be used by government employees. Driven by these government contract opportunities, Korchmar began handcrafting leather bags -- specifically, travel bags, doctor bags and briefcases for government agencies and the United States military.

1930s

Don Korchmar, Max Korchmar's son, began working with the company, paying particular attention to product design and engineering. While much of the company's focus was on producing leather goods for the United States government, Don focused on developing Korchmar's line of consumer-oriented products.

1940s

After serving as a lieutenant in the Army Air Corps in WWII, Don Korchmar joined the business on a full-time basis in 1946. He would go on to led the company for over 55 years, growing our product offerings tenfold. In 1948, Bennet Korchmar joined the business and worked with his brother, Don, for over 44 years.

1950s

In 1951, Proctor & Gamble approached Korchmar to redesign their sales cases, of which over 250,000 were made through the years. In 1956, Korchmar pioneered the first attache case, the Monroe.

1960s

The Korchmar brand grew steadily through the 1960s, becoming a staple in most every specialty retail luggage store in the United States. In 1961, we broke ground on a new 30,000 square foot factory on Chester Road in Cincinnati.

1970s

Korchmar developed its first line of women's business cases in 1973, and by 1976 twelve styles had been introduced in this collection. In the mid 1970s, Don Korchmar created an exclusive design of molded attache cases called "tycoons," which featured a unique consol locking mechanism.

1980s

In October 1986, Korchmar launched its 50,000 square foot workshop in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Today, over 250 people are employed in Korchmar’s Dominican Republic factory.

1990s

After working in the business full-time since the 1970s, Michael Korchmar, Max Korchmar’s grandson joined the company as president in 1991, making him the third generation to lead the family business. He focused much of his efforts on expanding the company's contract manufacturing business, attracting well-respected clients such as Coach, Tumi and LeSportsac. In 1999, Michael was also elected president of the Travel Goods Association. The Cincinnati, Ohio workshop was closed and all of the company's United States production moved to Florida.

2000s

Korchmar received a patent approval and introduced the first load-bearing magnetic closure briefcase, the Magnetite briefcase. Korchmar's contract manufacturing business continued to experience rapid growth.

2010s

In 2017, Don Michael Korchmar, founder Max Korchmar's great-grandson, is named the president, making him the fourth generation to lead the family business. In celebration of our 100th anniversary, Korchmar launches the limited edition Centennial Collection.

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