This is why

Language has a magical quality that pushes us to read between the lines to find the truth. Take the word ‘movement’ for example, derived from the verb ‘to move’. Isn’t it the most beautiful of allusions to its more sensitive cousin, the verb ‘to be moved’? It’s undoubtedly because the genesis of movement, whether tiny and imperceptible or considerably larger, is itself rooted in our most personal emotions. Without emotion, there is no impulse. And without impulse, there is no starting point.

Because over and above their apparent kinetic kinship, the ‘movements’ at work today are not about simply getting from a place to another, they are an attempt to understand why we set ourselves in motion at all. Movements are creative, socio-cultural, literary, revolutionary and aesthetic. It’s no longer about what the body does, but the actions of souls and minds. And built on movement as it is, the Au Départ story is also rooted in emotion.

This is why.

Privacy Policy

AU DEPART Italia S.r.l., a company established under the Italian law, with registered office in Milan (Italy), via Cino del Duca n. 5, registered at the Milan-Monza-Brianza-Lodi Chamber of Commerce at no. 10304060964, (“Au Depart“), as Data controller, processes the personal data of its customers and potential customers as well as of other persons having access to this website (hereinafter: “User (s)”) to provide the best possible service.

Au Depart grants great importance to legal obligations and data protection rights. This Privacy Policy (“Policy“) describes the ways in which Au Depart uses Users’ personal data collected through the website (“Website“) and by other means (for example, via social media, cookies, etc.).

1. Personal data collected from the User

Au Depart shall collect the following categories of personal data for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy:
• contact information (including name, date of birth, nationality, e-mail address, physical address, telephone number and other personal data) that the User can voluntarily provide by filling in forms on the website, for example for the registration to the newsletter of Au Depart and to register and create an account on the Website;
• personal data that may be contained in communications sent to Au Depart by the User, for example to report a problem or to express concerns or comments regarding the Website or its contents;
• information from surveys that can be performed, from time to time, on the Website for research purposes, if the User agrees to respond to or participates in these surveys;
• personal information collected from third parties, such as data that the User accepts to share with Au Depart on social networks publicly accessible (for example, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) and/or that Au Depart can collect from other publicly accessible databases.

2. Purposes and methods of use of personal information

Au Depart uses the information described above for the purposes indicated at the time of collection or at a later stage in this Privacy Policy.

Information is collected:

a) for security purposes: Au Depart will be able to use the information to protect the company, its customers and its Websites and apps from scams, thefts or violations that affect its business, as its legitimate interest to ensure the security of the activities it conducts online and offline;
b) for marketing purposes: Au Depart may use the information to contact the User, after having received the consent, and inform them of new products and special offers that it believes may be of their interest;
c) to maintain correspondence with the User in order to answer/resolve queries and complaints.

Personal data will be processed in paper, computerized and telematic form, and inserted into the relevant databases which can only be accessed by the Data Controller and their authorized persons. With regards to data processed electronically, Au Depart emphasizes that all appropriate security measures have been adopted to protect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of the interested party as per EU Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR).

3. Legal basis of the processing

The Company collects personal identifying information, bearing in mind that the above information is processed only if provided voluntarily by the data subject.

For the purposes referred to in paragraph “Purposes and methods of use of personal information”, letter a), the processing is necessary for the pursuit of the legitimate interest of Au Depart, pursuant to Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, to ensure the security of the Website and the information exchanged on it, i.e. the ability of the Website to withstand, at a given level of security, unforeseen events or unlawful or malicious acts that compromise the availability, authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of personal data stored or transmitted and the security of the related services offered or made available.

We must obtain your specific consent, pursuant to Art. 6, letter a), and Art. 7 of the GDPR, for the purposes referred to in paragraph “Purposes and methods of use of personal information”, letter b). Therefore, we inform you that your consent to such processing is optional with the consequence that you may decide not to give your consent, or to revoke it at any time (with the consequent impossibility for the Data Controller to carry out the related processing).

For the purposes referred to in letter c), the consent to the processing of such data is not necessary pursuant to Articles 6 and 9 of the GDPR, as the processing itself concerns data contained in: i) requests made spontaneously through the Website or to the e-mail address of Au Depart for the sole purpose of responding to such requests; ii) in the curricula voluntarily sent by the data subject for the purpose of any establishment of a working relationship/collaboration. However, with regard to the data subsequently requested by the Data Controller, failure to provide such data could: i) make it impossible to proceed with the start of a possible selection process, or to verify the conditions for the establishment of a working relationship/collaboration; ii) not allow the management of and response to requests made by the data subject.

4. Sharing of personal information

In relation to the purposes indicated in the points of the previous paragraph, the data may be communicated to the following subjects or to the categories of subjects indicated below:

• service providers and agents who offer services on behalf of Au Depart: for example, Au Depart shares information with suppliers who are in charge of sending emails on its behalf. In addition, Au Depart shall share personal data with service providers who help us manage our websites;
• with the consent of the User, with commercial partners of Au Depart: for example, Au Depart shares information with third parties with whom it sponsors events or promotions.

The processing of personal data will be carried out by means of subjects expressly and specifically designated as specially trained Data Processors or authorized persons; these subjects will process the data in accordance with the instructions received from the Data Controller, according to operational profiles assigned to them in relation to the functions performed.

5. Storage of User personal data

The data collected will be kept (in electronic or paper files) for the time strictly necessary for their processing and in any case no later than the period provided for by current legislation and / or the recommendations of the Guarantor for the Protection of Personal Data or until any revocation of the consent you may give.

With regard to the personal data contained in curricula vitae voluntarily transmitted, we inform you that they will be kept for up to a maximum of 24 months and subsequently will be deleted, unless you indicate otherwise.

We also inform you that your data will be collected, processed and stored in full compliance with the provisions of Articles 32 and seq. of the GDPR – on security measures.

6. Users’ rights

As required by Article 15 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, the User may access his Personal Data, request the correction and update, if incomplete or incorrect, request cancellation if the collection occurred in violation of a law or regulation, as well as oppose to processing for legitimate and specific reasons.

In particular, Au Depart reports below all the rights that the User may exercise, at any time, towards the Data Controller:

• Right of access: in accordance with Article 15, paragraph 1 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, the User has the right to obtain confirmation from the Data Controller that there is a processing of their Personal Data and in this case, to gain access to such Personal Data and to the following information: a) the purposes of processing; b) the categories of Personal Data in question; c) Recipients or categories of Recipients to whom the User’s Personal Data have been or will be communicated, in particular if Recipients of third countries or international organizations; d) when possible, the retention period of Personal Data provided or, if this is not possible, the criteria used to determine this period; e) the existence of the User’s right to ask the Data Controller for the rectification or cancellation of Personal Data or the limitation of the Processing of Personal Data concerning them or to oppose their Treatment; f) the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority; g) if the Personal Data are not collected from the User, all available information on their origin; h) the existence of an automated decision-making process, including the profiling referred to in Article 22, paragraphs 1 and 4, of the EU Regulation 2016/679 and, at least in such cases, significant information on the logic used, as well as the importance and expected consequences of such Treatment for the User.
• Right of rectification: the User may obtain, pursuant to Article 16 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, the correction of their Personal Data which are inaccurate. Moreover, taking into account the purposes of the processing, they can obtain the integration of their Personal Data which are incomplete, even providing a supplementary declaration.
• Right to cancellation: according to Article 17, paragraph 1 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, the User can obtain the deletion of their Personal Data without undue delay and the Data Controller will be obliged to delete their Personal Data, if there is also only one of the following reasons: a) the Personal Data are no longer necessary with respect to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; b) the User has revoked the consent on which the Processing of their Personal Data is based and there is no other legal basis for their Treatment; c) the User has opposed the Processing pursuant to Article 21, paragraph 1 or 2 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 and there is no longer any legitimate prevailing reason to proceed with the Processing of your Personal Data; d) their Personal Data has been processed unlawfully; e) it is necessary to delete their Personal Data in order to fulfil a legal obligation required by a community or national law.

In some cases, as required by Article 17, paragraph 3 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, the Data Controller is entitled not to cancel the User’s Personal Data if their Treatment is necessary, for example, for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest, for archiving in the public interest, for scientific or historical research or for statistical purposes, for the assessment, the exercise or the defence of a right in court.
• Right to limitation of processing: the User may obtain the limitation of the Treatment, pursuant to Article 18 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, if one of the following hypotheses occurs: a) the User has disputed the accuracy of their Personal Data (the limitation will continue for the period necessary to the Data Controller to verify the accuracy of such Personal Data); b) the Processing is unlawful but the User has opposed the deletion of your Personal Data, requesting instead that its use be limited; c) although the Data Controller no longer needs it for the purposes of the Processing, its Personal Data are used to ascertain, exercise or defend a right in court; d) the User has opposed the Processing pursuant to Article 21, paragraph 1 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 and is awaiting verification regarding the possible prevalence of the legitimate reasons of the Data Controller with respect to theirs. In the event of limitation of the Processing, the User’s Personal Data will be processed, except for storage, only with their consent or for the verification, exercise or defense of a right in court or to protect the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of significant public interest. Au Depart will inform the User, in any case, before this limitation is revoked.
• Right to data portability: the User may, at any time, request and receive, in accordance with Article 20, paragraph 1 of the EU Regulation 2016/679, all their Personal Data processed by the Data Controller in a structured format, commonly used and readable or request its transmission to another Data Controller without hindrance. In this case, the User will be responsible for providing Au Depart with all the exact details of the new data controller to whom they intend to transfer their Personal Data to by providing Au Depart with written authorization.
• Right of opposition: pursuant to Article 21, paragraph 2 of the EU Regulation 2016/679 and as also reiterated by Recital 70, the User may object, at any time, to the Processing of their Personal Data if these are processed for direct marketing purposes, including profiling to the extent that it is connected to such direct marketing.
• Right to file a complaint with the Data Protection Authority: without prejudice to the User’s right to appeal to any other administrative or judicial office, if they consider that the Processing of their Personal Data conducted by the Data Controller is in violation of the EU Regulation 2016/679 and/or of the applicable legislation may submit a complaint to the competent Data Protection Authority.

The User, to exercise all their rights as identified above, may contact the Data Controller in the following ways:
– writing to Au Depart Italia S.r.l., Via della Spiga n. 48, 20121 – Milan (MI);
– by sending an e-mail to the e-mail address;
– by calling the phone number +39 0235947137 The above-mentioned rights may be exercised by sending a request by registered letter or e-mail to the addresses indicated above, using the form available on the website of the Data Protection Authority for the protection of personal data

7. Changes to this Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy may be changed from time to time to reflect the changes made to the processing of the User’s personal data. Substantial changes will be communicated as required by law. Au Depart will also post an updated copy on this Website.

Terms & Conditions

This Website (hereinafter referred to as the “Website”) is published by AU DEPART Italia S.r.l., a company established under Italian law, with its registered office in Milan (Italy), via Cino del Duca n. 5, registered at the Milan-Monza-Brianza-Lodi Chamber of Commerce at no. 10304060964, (“Au Depart”).

Access to the Website and use of its contents are governed by the following conditions. By accessing the Website, the User irrevocably undertakes to accept and comply with the terms and conditions of use.

The contents of, such as works, images, photographs, dialogues, music, sounds and videos, documents, drawings, figures, logos and any other material, in any format, published on, including menus, web pages, graphics, colours, patterns, tools, fonts and website design, diagrams, layout, methods, processes, functions and software that are part of, (hereinafter referred to as “Content”) are protected by copyright, trademark and other IP rights owned by Au Depart.

Anyone with access to the Website has the right to view any part for private or personal use. The Content may not, however, be used or reproduced (in whole or in part) for any other purpose including, without exception, on or in relation to other sites or publications, or to derive direct commercial revenues from it. Au Depart reserves the right to modify and correct the content of the Site at any time without giving prior notice and without any liability to its own responsibility.

Au Depart is particularly attentive to ensuring adequate protection and security of its information systems. In order to allow Au Depart to identify any security breaches, various tools have been implemented. The implementation of these tools may involve, among other things, access by our security services to personal data. These data will be collected and processed for the sole purpose of managing any breach of security and in compliance with data protection legislation.

Au Depart is not responsible for:
• inaccuracy or omission relating to information or material available on the Website as a result of actions of unauthorized third parties;
• inability to access the Site due to acts or actions of third parties.

Finally, Au Depart invites the User to consult the Privacy policy. The Privacy policy will allow the User to understand how collects and uses personal data and for what purposes.

Cookies Policy

1. What is a cookie and what types are used

Cookies are text strings represented by small files that the Websites visited by the User send to its terminal (usually through the browser) where they are stored to be re-transmitted to the Websites themselves on the next visit.

They are used to improve the functionality of the site, to allow the user to move easily between pages, to remember his preferences and to ensure the user an optimal browsing experience at all times.

The Au Depart Website uses different types of first-party cookies (prepared and managed by Au Depart), third-party cookies (prepared and managed by third parties based on their own privacy policies and not under the control of Au Depart) and technologies related, each of which has a specific function.

Without prejudice to the above, for this Website and other online services Au Depart uses the following categories of cookies:
• essential cookies: cookies without which navigation is not possible and, therefore, the use of basic site functions;
• functional cookies: cookies that allow the improvement of the service by storing the functions and criteria selected by the User;
• analysis cookies: these cookies allow Au Depart to perfect its Websites by monitoring and analyzing the behavior of Users, creating their profiles in order to make improvements and facilitate navigation. For example, analytics cookies can help Au Depart keep track of which pages are visited frequently, which are the User’s preferences, which products have already been displayed to prevent them from being replicated, if the advertising that is published on the Site is effective or not, if and what difficulties the user encounters when using the Site. In order to analyze how the Websites are used, Au Depart also uses the “Google Analytics” web analysis service provided by Google. Further information regarding the Google Analytics service and the procedures to follow to disable cookies can be found in the following links: These data do not allow Au Depart to personally identify the User: all the data collected are aggregated and anonymous;
• third-party cookies and Social media cookies: the Website of Au Depart may allow the use of third-party cookies that may collect information about the User’s movements on the Internet and, in particular, in the context of its Website. Furthermore, some pages on the Au Depart Website are characterized by the presence of CDs. “social plug-ins”, which allow to share the contents of Au Depart on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. Social network cookies are not necessary for navigation. For more information about the use of cookies by social networks, you can consult the respective privacy and cookie policy:

The User can decide to refuse the use of this category of cookies by using the opt-out tool provided in the settings page of his browser, or according to what is specified below. The Website does not use profiling or advertising cookies.

2. Acceptance methods

As specified in the brief information anticipated in the banner, the User can give its consent to the use of cookies in simplified form: by clicking on the “ok” button; closing the banner with the “x” button; scrolling the page or clicking any element of the contents inside the site pages. Continuing browsing through the exit of this cookie policy in the absence of a specific choice of consensus management, is tantamount to granting consent to the use of all cookies.

3. Disabling cookies

Most browsers are configured to accept, control or possibly disable cookies through the settings. Au Depart reminds the User, however, that disabling navigation or functional cookies may cause unsatisfactory operation of the Website and / or limit the service that Au Depart offers.

Each browser has specific configuration instructions. Further information regarding the procedures to be followed to disable cookies can be found on the website of the browser provider: Google Chrome:
Mozilla Firefox:
Internet Explorer:
Apple Safari:

4. Management of cookies of third parties

For more information and / or to disable cookies, the User can visit the following Website:

Notwithstanding the above, it is noted that disabling cookies will still be possible to use some parts of the Au Depart Websites, but some services may not be usable.

The data collected through cookies will be stored according to their nature: session cookies expire when the user closes the browser; Persistent cookies have typical expiration dates which, with special exceptions, do not exceed 20 days.

These data will be processed exclusively within the scope of the aforementioned purposes and may be communicated to subsidiaries, parent companies, affiliated companies or companies connected in any way.

In compliance with the minimum security measures, the User data may also be communicated to public security subjects and to other public and private subjects for the fulfillment of obligations provided for by the law also of a fiscal, administrative, financial and similar nature. Under no circumstances will the data be disseminated.

At any time the User may exercise its access rights towards the Data Controller, pursuant to Article 15 of EU Regulation 2016/679; it can obtain confirmation of the existence of its personal data and request their communication in an intelligible form. It will also be entitled to obtain the updating, rectification, integration and deletion of data or limitation of processing. Finally, it will have the right to object, in whole or in part, for legitimate reasons, to the processing of your personal data, even if pertinent to the purpose of the collection, as well as to the sending of advertising material or direct sales or for carrying out market research or of commercial communication, by contacting the Data Controller, to whom the complete and updated list of Data Processors is also available upon request.

The User will also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Italian Data Protection Authority, Piazza Venezia n. 11 – 00187 Roma (RM).

The Data Controller is Au Depart Italia S.r.l. with headquarters in Milan (MI), via della Spiga, 48.

In addition to the above address, the Data Controller can be contacted at the following e-mail address: or by phone at +39 0235947137

The above-mentioned rights may be exercised by sending a request by registered letter or e-mail to the addresses indicated above, using the form available on the website of the Data Protection Authority for the protection of personal data

5. Changes to this Information Notice

This Cookie Policy may be subject to change over time – also related to the possible entry into force of new industry regulations, the updating or provision of new services or technological innovations – so we invite you to periodically consult this page.

Since 1834

Malletier depuis 1834

The brand was founded in 1834, an era of legendary travelers, great explorations and huge development of rail transport. Originally, Au Départ manufactured luggage and travelware.

The company owes its name to the location of its first store opened in 1847, which was situated across the street from the Gare du Nord in Paris, inaugurated the year before.

From 1852 to 1870, led by Haussmann with the backing of Napoleon III, Paris reinvented itself. With the declaration “a more beautiful Paris, a bigger Paris, a healthier Paris,” Haussmann redesigned the city with a strict aesthetic: cut-stone buildings and major arteries shot Paris into an era in which mobility and light reigned.

There, customers explored a new concept of luxury that combined class and elegance with modernity and technology, in a playful mode. Au Départ turned “special orders” into a new standard and manufactured trunks that met even the most bizarre requests, always maintaining the highest quality: purses, travel boxes, cases, tents, toys, satchels, utensils of all kinds, personal care accessories, equipment that ranged from sport to hunting, from hairdressing to letter writing.

In 1871, the company was taken over by the brothers Ernest and Paul Bertin. Three years later, in 1874, they opened a second store on Avenue de l’Opéra, the soon-to-be heart of elegance in Paris, with its legendary cafés and department stores and above all the impressive Opera Garnier, successfully inaugurated in 1875.

Business continued to grow thanks to a series of inventions and patents to manufacture trunks and to waterproof leather. Success reached its peak in the 1920s, when Au Départ became synonym of style and luxury. Its advertisements were made by the artist Yan Bernard Dyl and the image he created is modern even today. The company’s current logo is inspired from the one designed by Dyl.

The Maison closed in 1976, and now everything restarts where everything began.

Milan Design Week 2019

Dimorestudio for Au Départ

A jewel of a nearly forgotten rationalistic architecture, to be rediscovered in the heart of Salone del Mobile: an installation designed by Dimorestudio to celebrate Au Départ.

Five vintage trunks, selected by Dimorestudio from the archives of the Maison, engage in a dialogue with modern times and lifestyles. These moving items are the starting point for a number of conceptual explorations strictly connected to contemporaneity and technology.

The installation is not a nostalgic endeavor but rather an extremely creative experiment in the style of the founders of Dimorestudio. They incorporate elements from the past and turn them into a new language, which can be interpreted in many different ways and exudes amazing cross-references.

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Au Depart France
259 Rue Saint Honoré
75001 Paris

Au Depart Italia
Via della Spiga, 48
20121 Milano


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