Wednesday, December 28, 2011


words/images Judith Ecochard

TUMI is what we would call a full service, lifestyle brand---that includes a very large line of carry-alls for every occasion.

At the recent media preview---Tumi introduced their Spring 2012 hard case Vapor line-that is super lightweight and very tough...even airline tough though they are too nice to check away.

Other Highlights:

The Alpha collection has a delux weekend/carry-on bag-we think works as a great gym bag too-lots of compartments with adjustable shoulder straps, made of ballistic nylon.

Alpha Totes are like a basic in a wardrobe these days---durable canvas lined with water resistant nylon...great for the canvas, navy and carrot orange color options.

The lining is a stylish dab of color....

Tumi has a series of luggage pieces-a collab with Italian sleek motorcycle maker Ducati...lots of hauler options including laptop messenger, compact brief, sport duffle, and wheeled pieces.

This collection of hard case wheeled/carry-on luggage is made from Tegra-Lite™-a material that is virtually indestructible and no doubt-bullet proof. Its actually the woven material used in NFL protective gear. Interesting -we were told it is actually a film-woven into materials-woven into sheets-then made into luggage-layered 6-8 times. Wow.
Tumi is the first to bring this material into the travel industry---and it weighs, like nothing. ($545-$895)
Upscale luggage by Tumi---has high end Italian leather trim----

terrific inner compartments-keep packables nice and neat

Polished-the all leather Beacon Hill collection-with hefty solid gold metal hardware. ($395-$495)

Westley Weekender-

snap shut over handle-nice

Bedford Collection-trunks

Smith Crossbody-in saddle

Cartway International Expandable carry-on (l) 

These made to order and ready made luggage pieces from the Bedford collection had us wanting them all-including a wardrobe trunk on wheels, glam train travel bags ...and Kenisngton shoe trunk. Hand crafted in Italy---very special (made to order typically costing several thousand dollars).
train travel bag-made to order

Motcomb Hat box case a stylish weekend bag option

Coated canvas, leather trim

The Sloane collection is very fashionable---in metallic linen, nubuc leather and suede-trimmed with leather---laptop friendly and loads of inner pockets...

More very functional details-like velvet lined pockets for jewelry, expandable zippers,

Georgetown collection has a Canal Wheeled Boarding Tote-ideal for shuttles between DC and everywhere else.

Mimi Bucket Bag-Villa Collection

Boulevard Totoe-(L) lots of color options

easy access-zipped with metallic closures

Voyageur Collection-Quintessential tote in wide range colors
Always needed-toiletry kits....

Voyageur-crosscut print-Super Leger International carry-on (center)

Travel totes...snap shut-great to carry around just in case,

The Seurat collection-small leather goods in metallic and embossed leather-always welcome-in range of functional sizes including iPad holders.

totes---in range of colors

Traverso Collection-Luxury EYEWEAR
In partnership with REM Eyewear-Tumi sunglasses are hand crafted in Japan...and are made with special patented lenses-that are triple coated to reject water and dust smudges. Polarized too---

Carbon fiber temple pieces are super flexible---and have many design features that are unique---like wrapped leather.