Our heritage

Welcome to the story of a 149 year-old visionary company with the savoir faire to craft objects of desire, coveted by the elite. Exceptional materials are prized for their quality, artisans are celebrated as artists and authentic history and heritage are ingrained in every process.

1872 A visionary in Paris

Photographer to Napoleon III and an innovator with a keen eye for beauty, the 25 year-old Simon Tissot Dupont had a vision of creating exceptional personalised travel trunks for Parisian high society.

1872 A pioneering atelier

The S.T. Dupont luggage and leather goods workshop was in Rue Dieu, Paris, where a range of travel trunks were crafted for the highest social circles.

1880 Exceptional products

The personalised travel trunks with bespoke detailing and personalised initials soon became an essential accessory for the European elite. Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie were amongst his first customers.

1884 Unrivalled quality and expertise

In 1884, S.T. Dupont became the supplier to one of the world's leading retailers of the time, Les Grands Magasins du Louvre.

1919 The next stages

The workshop passed to Simon Tissot Dupont’s two sons, Lucien and André in 1919. In 1921 the two Tissot Dupont brothers bought their own Hôtel Particulier at 8bis, rue Dieu in Paris to cater for an ever-growing demand for S.T. Dupont luxury trunks and travel cases.

1924 Returning home

Five years later as orders were skyrocketing, the Dupont sons transferred the Paris workshop back to the family's home town of Faverges, in Haute Savoie where it remains today, in the foothills of the Alps, close to Lake Annecy.

1925 A workshop in Faverges

With an atelier almost on the shores of Lake Annecy, the purest lake in Europe, S.T. Dupont products are produced in one of France’s outstanding natural environments.

1928 Inspired by their surroundings

The pure mountain air, blue skies and clear water were an inspiration to Simon Tissot Dupont and his sons, and still influence the company’s progressive environmental and sustainability ethos today.

1929 New York

S.T. Dupont joined Louis Cartier in New York where their travel cases were available at the Cartier boutique on Fifth Avenue and became an instant success, setting the standard for luxury travel accessories.

1930 Exceptional innovation

In 1930, Lucien Tissot Dupont invented a revolutionary new process to treat the fine leathers used in their trunks and travel cases. The brand new diamond tanning technique used diamond powder to give S.T. Dupont leather extra durability and suppleness.

1930 Leather designed to travel well

Diamond tanned leather with its superior strength was able to stand up to heat, humidity and the rigours of travel. This elegant technique is still used today in S.T. Dupont’s Diamond Soft range.

1934 The Malletier of Kings

With prestigious materials and impeccable craftsmanship, S.T. Dupont’s reputation was forged as a leading luxury luggage maker with true pedigree. The company’s client book included royalty, world leaders, screen legends and style icons, living up to Lucien Dupont’s motto: ‘Make it more beautiful. Make it expensive. Make it innovative.’

1941 A solid gold lighter for a Maharajah

When the Maharajah of Patiala ordered 100 exquisite minaudière evening bags in lacquer for his harem, each containing a solid gold cigarette lighter, our innovative artisans brought their artistic approach to designing the world’s first luxury lighter.

1947 Iconic Style

Hollywood actor Humphrey Bogart commissioned the artisans at S.T. Dupont to design a lightweight travel bag for air travel and for weekends on his yacht, the Santana.

1947 Fit for royalty

As France's leading leather goods artisans, S.T. Dupont were commissioned to produce a personalised travel case for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II.

1951 The Duchess of Windsor

Continuing their tradition of supplying the world’s elite, in 1951, S.T. Dupont artisans were tasked with the role of creating a bespoke travel case specially designed for the Duchess of Windsor.

1953 Audrey Hepburn

André Dupont created his first ladies’ handbag, the ‘Riviera’ as a limited edition, using exotic leathers to complete his range of special orders. The actress Audrey Hepburn became one of his first clients.

1962 Objets d’art

Pablo Picasso chose three of his S.T. Dupont lighters to use as unique canvases, personalising them with sketches in the lacquer - a harlequin and Pierrot for his son and daughter-in-law and a faun as a gift for a friend.

1973 Status symbols

When Jackie Kennedy Onassis mentioned she’d love a pen to match her beloved personalised lighter, our artisans designed the first luxury ballpoint based on her lighter’s drive wheel.

2004 Pop Art at S.T. Dupont

The launch of our Andy Warhol limited edition in 2004 brought iconic pop art motifs to life on a range of lighters and writing instruments featuring the striking imagery Warhol was famous for. The Marilyn Monroe lighter is a particularly fitting tribute as Marilyn Monroe’s favourite lighter was said to be her Ligne 2 in gold.

2004 James Bond and S.T. Dupont

With over a decade of partnering with the world’s most famous secret agent, S.T. Dupont’s three limited edition collections for James Bond feature refined style and technical innovation. The latest, for Spectre in 2015, includes a lighter with a unique bullet hole design – a world first to feature this exclusive design.

2011 Design and collaboration

In 2011, Karl Lagerfeld and S.T. Dupont began a creative collaboration that would see the visionary fashion designer develop a number of signature ranges, teaming his creative flair with our atelier’s expertise and heritage.

2011 A new generation of royalty

S.T. Dupont were privileged to be chosen by the French government to mark the British Royal Wedding with their official gift.

2013 Keeping rare skills alive

In 2013, we were privileged to be awarded France’s prestigious Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage) marque in recognition of our constant efforts to nurture and preserve the rare skills of our master artisans.

2013 Setting records

In 2014, S.T. Dupont created a unique work of art inspired by the baroque style of Louis XIII, designed by his descendant, HRH Princess Tania de Bourbon Parme. This masterpiece lighter in gold with over 41 carats of sapphires has been recognised as the most expensive lighter in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

Exceptional Savoir Faire

A passion for producing the finest in luxury products. A design atelier where ideas and innovation are brought to life and where quality rings true.

The Savoir Faire of S.T. Dupont