Aerospace Engineering Inspires the Charles Simon Luggage Collection

It was the early 2000’s when Charles Tremblay and Simon Maltais met in the mechanical engineering department at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal. They knew they worked well together after winning a global student competition for designing, building, and driving a Formula SAE car. After graduating, Tremblay went on to a career in aeronautics, and Maltais in aerospace engineering. But they joined forces again in 2014 to found Charles Simon, a company that hand-makes luxury travel pieces in Canada.

Streamlined, precise, and handsome enough to be considered design objects, the Charles Simon collection is composed of the Rupert carry-on, the Bonaventure rolling suitcase, and the recently released Mackenzie briefcase. Aptly inspired by aerospace and aeronautics engineering, each skeleton is crafted of carbon panels and anodized aluminum for strength, durability, and lightness, and then clad in French leather and wood sourced from century-old logs submerged in Quebec’s lakes.

Among the Charles Simon line of handmade luggage wrapped in French leather is the Mackenzie briefcase. Photography by Florine Pellachin.
The Rupert carry-on. Photography by Florine Pellachin.
Canadian wood, anodized aluminum, and retractable wheels and handles on the Bonaventure rolling suitcase. Photography by Florine Pellachin.

> See more from the October 2019 issue of Interior Design

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