Lunch With Sumiko: Not yet 30, Rimowa CEO Alexandre Arnault is on a roll re-inventing the German luggage brand

Mr Alexandre Arnault became co-CEO of German suitcase maker Rimowa in 2016, when he was just 24. The son of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault has been a big fan of Rimowa since he was 14, and had sewn up the deal that saw LVMH acquiring 80 per cent of th
Mr Alexandre Arnault became co-CEO of German suitcase maker Rimowa in 2016, when he was just 24. The son of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault has been a big fan of Rimowa since he was 14, and had sewn up the deal that saw LVMH acquiring 80 per cent of the company.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Mr Arnault with some Rimowa suitcases. The brand's distinctive feature is its parallel grooves.
Mr Arnault with some Rimowa suitcases. The brand's distinctive feature is its parallel grooves.PHOTO: RIMOWA

Alexandre Arnault is a light packer. On a recent work trip to Singapore, he travelled with just a cabin bag.

"Running shoes, running clothes, a couple of suits, and that's it," the 27-year-old Frenchman says.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 03, 2019, with the headline 'Think big, travel light'. Print Edition | Subscribe