TUMI Celebrates 40 Years

When it comes to high-end travel products, TUMI is one of the most esteemed brands out there. Founded in 1975, TUMI takes its name from a Peruvian icon known to its founder from his Peace Corps days in South America. During the 1980’s, TUMI’s innovative introduction of soft, ultra-functional, black-on-black ballistic nylon travel bags catapulted the company to its current leadership position.

Under Charlie and Jerome’s leadership, the company has been creating new technologies, materials, and designs that have changed the way people travel for 40 years; from abrasion proof ballistic nylon, to the first tri-fold garment bag, to in-line skate wheels, luggage tracking devises and ID lock technologies. Tumi has more than 125 patents, which are used in products that upgrade and streamline travelers lives on-the-go.

Here are some of my favorite TUMI products:

Calais Backpack $325

This is the best feminine style backpack I have found for personal and business trips, especially when I want to look trendy while carrying my laptop safely, without breaking my back. Fashionable and light, the calais backpack comes from the best-selling Voyageur collection. Made from lightweight nylon with leather trim, it has a leather carry handle and padded shoulder straps. I personalized it with my initials in gold for easy recognition.

TUMI backpack

Medina Travel Kit $155

I have looked for the best and most comprehensive cosmetic bags that can accommodate all of my toiletries in one place, and can be hung at the door for easy access. Most of the bags I have found are made of cheap materials, are not very good looking, and lack enough compartments. The Voyager Medina Travel Kit meets all of these requirements for the frequently traveling woman like me. The nylon bag in fossil floral colors is made from lightweight-yet-durable fabrics and has easy-access U-shaped pockets, jewel tone metallic hardware, ribbon-like leather zipper pulls and distinctive ID tags.

This one travel kit can hold items large and small, from shampoo bottles to make-up and jewelry. Front and back zip pockets add extra storage options. The interior is organized with convenient, clear pockets and windows and a nylon zip pouch.

TUMI Medina travel kit

TUMI X uslu airlines $195

TUMI and uslu airlines, the Berlin-based luxury make-up brand celebrated for their one-of-a-kind nail polish colors, teamed up to create a multipurpose travel kit. A perfect melding of elegant beauty and practical professionalism, Larkin is a modern business collection for women. This larger and well-organized cosmetic kit features zip pockets, removable pouches, mesh pockets, brush loops and even a protective case for nail polish. It is a must have for the diva on the go.

tumi uslu_airlines

1975 Collection $75-$1495 

TUMI just launched its 1975 Made in America limited edition commemorative collection, which is crafted from natural full grain American cowhide leather inspired by the variety TUMI imported from South America in the early years and TUMI‘s signature ballistic nylon. Collection styles include an International Carry-On, Slim Brief, Rucksack Backpack and Square Duffel. Each style bears a special limited-edition embossed number. Included in this line are carry-on, duffel, day bags, backpacks, briefcases and travel accessories.

TUMI 1975 collection

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Take a shot of your latest journey or dream destination for a chance to win a TUMI product of your choice! Upload your photo to Instagram with tag #PERFECTINGTHEJOURNEY between April 16 and May 14, 2015. 1 winner will be announced each week to receive $600 worth of products.

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Sucheta Rawal

Sucheta is an award winning food and travel writer, who has traveled to 80+ countries across 6 continents. She is also the founder and editor of 'Go Eat Give' and author of 'Beato Goes To' series of children's books on travel.