When Charlie Clifford founded Tumi in 1975, all he wanted to do was to make life on the road more enjoyable. Well, he certainly did, for the brand has managed to revolutionise travel through the introduction of stylish, functional and durable bags.
Tumi started off as an importer of leather goods from South America to the United States, but it now holds over 325 design and utility patents. Tumi even pioneered the use of military-grade ballistic nylon for travel bags in 1983.
The brand’s 40th anniversary collection embodies the DNA of meticulous craftsmanship, technical innovation and functional superiority. The name, 1975, pays homage to Tumi’s birth year.
Each limited edition piece is crafted from natural full-grain cowhide – inspired by the variety Tumi imported from South America in the early years, and the signature ballistic nylon.
There are a variety of styles offered by the collection. For travel, look to the 20-inch carry-on and duffel bag. Both feature a roomy interior, plus side pockets to store and secure quick-grab essentials.
Another design, the slim portfolio comes with retractable handles for carrying by hand or under the arm. Commuters can also appreciate the slim brief, which features an adjustable and removable shoulder strap.
Looking for something a little more casual? The simple and versatile array of day bags range from a backpack and tote, to cross-body bags. Some are utilitarian in design, while others are stylish enough to function as a chic carry.
Tumi’s 1975 collection offers different travel accessories, too. A sleek passport cover for instance, is a welcome addition that matches the travel bags. Luggage tags and travel kits are available, as well.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Tumi has also introduced three new Global Citizens from Malaysia. Vincent Tan and brothers, Bryan and Ryan Loo, make up the brand’s first “trio” to be appointed.
Bryan is the CEO of Taiwanese bubble tea brand Chatime in Malaysia. Ryan and Vincent are founders of The Capsule Hotel, a unique hospitality concept originating from the Japanese idea of living large on a tiny footprint.
Tumi’s Global Citizens are influencers who travel frequently. Their journeys – documented through video and special imagery – will be showcased on social media with the hashtags #TumiTurns40 and #PerfectingTheJourney.