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Charles Simon creates boxy wooden luggage influenced by aeronautical design

Two aeronautical engineers have designed this series of luggage featuring rigid Canadian wood and leather shells. Charles G Tremblay and Simon Maltais, who were previously aeronautical engineers, founded the baggage company Charles Simon in Montreal in 2014.

 Charles Simon luggage

The two met as engineering students at Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure and, after years of experience in the field, teamed up with local industrial designer Pascal Godin to create the collection.

The aim was to make a minimal series incorporating durable and lightweight materials typical found in aeronautical design. Among these are carbon fibre that forms the sturdy, rectangular shell and the anodised aluminium hinges and handles. The designs are complete with a retractable handles and wheels. The Charles Simon luggage is wrapped in leather with two sides clad in Canadian cherrywood. These panels are made rescued timber from logs submerged in Canada’s waterways over hundreds of years ago.

The collection includes the Bonaventure 30-litre cabin luggage piece, Rupert carry-on and a briefcase called Mackenzie. Each of which is are named after rivers in Canada. The leather comes in a range of hues including bright blue, navy, grey and black that also take cues to Canada’s water.

Each piece by Charles Simon is made to order and fully customisable with additional sleeves and pouches possible. Hundreds of leather and interior fabric colours are also available, with interior fabric linings by Italian brand Alcantara.

Completing the pieces is an engraving with a serial number unique to the owner.

Other luggage designs include a hardshell carry-on with a fabric front by Japanese design studio Nendo and a colourful, duffle-style collection for Louis Vuitton by Australian industrial designer Marc Newson.