In 1946, Mr. Enrico Fremder opened a factory called “Fabbrica Pelleterie Milano” on via Tito Vignoli in Milan. From the beginning, the spirit and soul of that small factory aspired to show the entire world the beauty of Italian design and craftsmanship.
With international aspirations, the firm opened a branch in New York, on the world famous Fifth Avenue.
In 1946, to help promote the factory’s products, Enrico started the first trade association for leather goods producers, ANIMPEC, with 10 other Italian firms. ANIMPEC, now known as Assopelletieri, is the most important trade organization for leather goods manufacturers. In 1962, Enrico joined together with seven other factories to start MIPEL, which remains the most important trade show showcasing leather goods and accessories.
In 1975, Enrico’s son, Beppi, started working at FPM and signed a production and distribution license for the Italian market with an American multi-national leather goods corporation.
Continuing FPM’s legacy of innovation, the factory designed and produced what would become the standard for luggage in the coming years, the soft sided suitcase with a zip closure.
In 2009, after decades of this successful partnership, Beppi decided to end the relationship to realize his dream of creating a new FPM-one focused on the Fremder family’s tradition of design and innovation in creating luxury luggage and leather goods. Continuing the family tradition, Beppi’s daughters, Lodovica and Federica, have both joined the company, representing the third generation of Fremders at FPM. Together with a talented team, they are working with enthusiasm and passion to strengthen the foundational values of FPM.
In 2012, FPM opened their first mono-brand shop, located in Milan’s most presitgious shopping district. This store was one of the first steps in establishing FPM as one of the best examples of Italian accessory design.
A shared aesthetic and strong friendship binds FPM to Marc Sadler, the industrial designer who breathed new life into the traditional aluminium trunk for FPM with the Bank collection. Inspired by the classic trunk, but reimagined in a modern way, Bank utilizes the highest quality materials and avant-garde technology to stand out in the world of high-end leather goods.
Fully made in Italy, the collection is manufactured by the best craftsmen with an unyielding attention to detail. The 128 hand-mounted rivets along with the soft Italian leather handles highlight the artisanal quality of FPM’s products. Industrial processes and materials, standard for most of the industry, are rejected in favor of this hand-made process that along with the most durable materials give the user complete comfort during their travels.
FPM is now available at the best stores in the world, including Harrods, Selfridges, La Rinascente, Isetan, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lane Crawford, Antonia and 10Corso Como.
Throughout its 74 years, FPM has consistently adapted and evolved to meet the needs of the modern traveller. FPM will build upon this history and passion and continue to innovate and provide the highest quality and reliable products for tomorrow’s traveller.