We are South India's favourite multi brand retailer in premium luggage and bags. We have handpicked products for all travellers, from the daily commuter to the international traveller. We offer an unparalleled assortment of the leading international and national brands for Luggage, Travel Bags, Laptop Bags, Business Bags, Backpacks, School Bags, Handbags and Accessories.

For over 65 years, we at Witco have empowered our customers to be travel ready. You can check out of Witco with the complete confidence of having purchased 100% genuine products. When our customers shop with us, they usually come back for more and recommend us to their friends. In fact, repeat purchases and recommendations from friends account for a large percentage of our sales.

At Witco we're committed to providing each customer with superior service. We love to hear from our shoppers, so please feel free to Contact Us.

The Story

Founded 65 years ago in Chennai, Witco is one of the early pioneers in modern retailing of luggage in India. The company was founded in 1951 by the late MPC Mohamed, one of the pioneers of the plastic industry in Chennai. The firm called West India Plastic Trading Co (Witco) was established in George Town, Madras. It has come to be known as one of the most trusted brands in the country. Early on, Witco made a wise decision to move away from manufacturing and focus only on retail. The liberalization of the economy during this time brought new life to Witco.

A couple of multi-level destination stores were setup on Anna Salai and Usman road. These were followed with landmark stores at Anna Nagar, Adyar, Cathedral Road, and Mylapore. The company has around 10 stores in Chennai.

Witco stocks international brands such as Samsonite, Delsey, American Tourister, Case Logic and Caprese and Indian brands include names such as VIP, Skybags, Wildcraft, Baggit, Lavie and their much loved in-house Witco brand. Witco understood that a lot of their customers preferred soft luggage from hard, personalized designs, light weight, extra security such as TSA locks and four wheelers and have constantly stocked products keep up with market trends.

The company was later recognized for being of the one of the most innovative brands in the retail luggage space. Some of their innovations over the years include,

  • Luggage with wheels in the ‘70s
  • Cinema advertising in the ‘70s
  • First architect/designer-executed luggage showroom in 1976
  • First multi-level luggage store in ‘70s
  • First independent high-street luggage store
  • Unique customized and customer friendly display modules
  • Unique customized lighting fixtures
  • First store with energy-saving, environmentally-friendly, modular VAC air-conditioning system run on Diesel
  • Top retailer of Samsonite brand in India
  • Top retailer for VIP luggage in South India
  • Silver in the Advertising Club Chennai Awards in the year 2003

Witco have also constantly focused on hosting events to on various product categories to understand their customer better. These events include, the Handbag Gala, the Office Bag Expo, the School Bag Carnival.

Customer loyalty programmes have been an essential part of Witco’s growth. These programmes offer customers the benefit of,

  • Free after-sales service irrespective of tenure
  • Free delivery to your doorstep
  • Special offers and tie-ups with other retailers and restaurants
  • Travel tips and updates
  • Exclusive offers and benefits from Witco

Despite the various challenges in the industry with stiff competition from the unorganized sector and increasing raw material costs, Witco have always believed that their success lies in delighting their customers.

Witco’s customers step out of the store with the complete confidence of having purchased the ideal and most convenient travel products that meet your specific requirements.


Management Team
Witco-V.P. Harris

V.P. Harris

Managing Director

Under his stewardship, Witco has grown to be a formidable retail brand in South India. Witco probably is the only retail chain of its kind in India and is a consequence of his passion for experimenting with original concepts. Also known as a “thought leader” and “retail think-tank” in the retail industry.

Witco-V.P. Nurdeen

V.P. Nurdeen

Director

He has been instrumental in building the foundation of Witco. His strengths in Finance, HR management and Corporate Communication helped Witco evolve over the decades. He continues to be the pillar of strength as Witco grows.

Witco-Althaf Harris

Althaf Harris

Director

Graduated with Honours in Retail Management at University of Surrey UK. He also acquired practical knowledge in retail management at UK’s leading department store chain John Lewis, London. He has been instrumental in re-launching the "Witco" brand for luggage, bags and accessories. This business unit achieved 30 percent share of luggage sales in the first year itself. He has also introduced a mobile based loyalty program “Witco Priority Club”. This scheme has been delighting the patrons with timely information and insights ensuring sales growth even during downturns.

Witco-Jamsheed Syed

Jamsheed Syed

Senior General Manager

He is the organisational backbone. He has been with Witco all his working life, he started as a management trainee at Witco and has since grown within the company, to be head of operations. He is also responsible for training the store team, the genesis for our much appreciated signature service.

Witco-Amina Harris

Amina Harris

Creative Director

Graduated with Honours in Graphic Design from RMIT University, Melbourne. Witco the retail brand is presented through her cutting edge visual communication and design. She is responsible for the acclaimed travel tips campaign celebrating 60 years of Witco. Her creative presentation of various events at Witco has had significant impact on both brand perception and sales.