In 2013 Werner is about to catch the plane on the way to his next business destination. While going through the security check, he opens his briefcase to take out his laptop. The zipper is broken. Once again, his hand luggage fails him. He meets a childhood friend and as they discuss their lives, they discover that they are both passionate travellers and that on almost every trip, they experience some awkward situation. Neither of them has yet found the perfect briefcase. They know that if they look for quality materials they have to resort to the most expensive brands in the market. Other brands, whilst less expensive, offer products of very limited durability: zippers that break, lining that tears easily, poor seams, etc. For the most part, when an article is functional, the design and finish leaves much to be desired. As Werner recalls, "it was astonishing, the enormous dichotomy between our passion for travel and how uncomfortable it was on many occasions." This is how in 2015 the first SCHARLAU briefcase that combined functionality, durability and an elegant and timeless design arrived on the market. Since then SCHARLAU has been committed to the well-being of travellers and provides them with smart, stylish hand luggage.