The Timberland Company and Samsonite Corporation announced an exclusive licensing agreement under which Samsonite will drive the expansion of Timberland packs and travel gear worldwide. Samsonite, in collaboration with Timberland, will be responsible for strategy, design, manufacturing, and distribution of Timberland packs and travel gear worldwide. As its first undertaking, Samsonite will design and launch a new, integrated collection of Timberland packs and travel gear for the fall 2006 season.

The Timberland packs and travel gear line will leverage Timberland's outdoor heritage to deliver true performance benefits to consumers worldwide – such as light weight, shock absorption, and protection from the elements. The collection will span across packs, duffels, travel gear, travel accessories, and wheeled luggage.

“Samsonite's global expertise in travel product design, development and manufacturing, along with their commitment to quality craftsmanship, will benefit Timberland's integrated product development efforts,” said Patrick Baboin, vice president of worldwide licensing, The Timberland Company. “Samsonite has a proven track record for interpreting a brand's values through product, while also having strong marketing and distribution strategies in place to ensure that the Timberland brand has a powerful presence around the world. They have a clear understanding of the Timberland brand and consumer, and are as committed as we are to building relevant, innovative product with functional excellence.”

“Both Samsonite and Timberland share a rich, multi-generational history of product innovation and craftsmanship, and we are excited to help support the growth of Timberland's travel gear business,” said Beppi Fremder, president, Samsonite global licensing division. “We pride ourselves on providing outstanding quality and customer satisfaction. With the strength of the Timberland brand, and our shared commitment to excellence, we're confident this will be a long, successful partnership.”