A story about two ambitious engineers
”Respect for our Canadian origins and craftsmanship as well as our journey as engineers have profoundly shaped the soul of the brand.”
Charles Simon was founded in 2014 in Montreal by Charles and Simon. Friends at university, Charles and Simon won several major awards together at the largest engineering student competition in the world, for designing, manufacturing and driving a Formula SAE racecar. Charles then pursued a career in aeronautics and management, Simon in aerospace engineering.
Their long friendship and instinctive need to create led them to come together again. As a response to the lack of well-crafted, design-led luggage and travel accessories on offer at the time and with the ambition to disrupt the industry with their new vision, they formed Charles Simon.
With an uncompromising devotion to design, quality and aesthetics, by combining the precision of aeronautical engineering and artisanal savoir-faire, we made every Charles Simon pieces exclusive, bold yet timeless and functional.
We create each model to highlight your unique journey. You, the creator, the game changer, always pushing the limits. You, the contemporary and curious traveller who experience travel not only as a destination but as a state of mind. You, the perfectionist, for whom every detail matters.
We are committed to sustainability.
At Charles Simon, we strive to work in the most sustainable way possible and with care for the environment.
We are proud to manufacture our products in Quebec, Canada. Design, conception, manufacturing and assembling are made in our workshop in Montreal. Most of the components, including our aeronautic grade hardware, are sourced from local manufacturers and suppliers. This way, we also reduce our carbon footprint with reduced transport.
Our approach to luxury is different. We take the time to develop, design and manufacture our products with the greatest care and attention. We believe in a slow consumption that’s why we develop our products to last a lifetime.
Our leather comes from one of the best French tannery that works according to the best practices in the industry. The interior of our luggage is made of Alcantara®, super durable and first Italian company to achieve the Carbon Neutrality status.
We choose to craft our Original luggage collection with Canadian log-drive wood to celebrate our roots, to offer a magnificent and very dense, stable wood and, above all, to make an environmental statement. By extracting these century-old logs, we are clearing the beds of lakes and rivers, avoiding deforestation and bringing nature back to life in the hands of craftsmen. Read more about log-drive era in Canada.