It’s a TUMI Life by Mark Norris #Fashion


It’s a TUMI Life …
Written by Mark Norris

Featured in BELLO mag Fashion October 2015 issue #90 with Camilla Luddington on the cover – Download BELLO App for free

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Ever felt the need for a familiar face on that arduous, long distance journey? A shoulder to sleep on perhaps? A loveable, dashing, elegant, consistently reliable travel companion? A companion that once acquainted with, you will never want to be without? Sure, travelling can be stressful, and tedious, but a brand of innovative firsts, with over 126 product patents, you can be sure to rely on TUMI to deliver you and your belongings safe and sound, wherever you’re headed to in the world, and with a touch of grandeur, I might add.

I had the pleasure of this experience on a trip to the home of Golf at Fairmont St. Andrews, Scotland, recently. The place where our beloved future King and Queen, Prince William and Kate met for the first time at THAT University of St. Andrews fashion show, where Kate appeared down the catwalk in a sheer black lace dress, it sure was a resort steeped in history. Although Mr. Woods wasn’t there to greet me at the other end (unfortunately I was a month late for The Open Championship), it didn’t matter, because the power of the TUMI Difference was magical. There are certain brands in this world that you can rely on to extend your personality far beyond a mere body. Brands that will empower you, make you feel special, and illuminate your experience along the way. TUMI is one of those brands. And it‘s this ‘feeling factor’, that is so important.
Originally named after a Peruvian ceremonial knife, the company was founded by Charlie Clifford in 1975, and it continues to defy the boundaries of luggage innovation year-on-year.

Accessories, too. And an abundance of them to choose from. TUMI is a lot more than simply a luggage brand these days, from iPhone 6 covers, to wash bags, to headphones, wallets, and umbrellas, amongst all the other things that are on offer to ensure your travelling experience is a notch higher than any other. With delightful product textures, and ergonomics that ensure compartmentalizing your belongings isn’t the nightmare we are all used to, the brand have really gone to great lengths to cover every eventuality, making luxury travel not just a distant dream, but a foregone reality.

My TUMI experience unwrapped…
I wanted something that would not only offer the functional benefits that provided me more than enough compartments for the 101 paraphernalia that I seem to carry with me on vacation, but I also wanted to feel a sense of pride, satisfaction, and confidence, in my travel style. I wanted to feel special, and unique, and organized. TUMI certainly delivered on all of these, and more. Functionally and aesthetically, the products were distinguished and of the finest quality. They are easy to maneuver, easy to pack, unpack, economical and lightweight to carry, safe, robust, and of course, they add a slice of elegance to your trip.


BELLO Editors’ Picks

Tegra Lite Collection
£575 [Carry-On]
£725 [Medium Trip Case]

TUMI have redesigned this travel bestseller with noticeably increased capacity, a cleaner and more streamlined design aesthetic, larger double wheels and a classic, new monogrammable patch.
Tegra-Lite® is a breakthrough travel collection that combines the highest levels of durability and impact resistance with the ultimate in lightweight ease and maneuverability. Tegra-Lite® is made from Tegris®, a revolutionary polypropylene thermoplastic composite material created by Milliken® for use in lifesaving armor, NASCAR race cars and protective gear for NFL players. This lightweight, hardside, four-wheel carry-on is ideal for the frequent traveler. It is designed to meet most domestic carriers’ carry-on guidelines and offers a roomy interior for several days of travel.
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Want to accessorize your luggage?

Alpha Bravo Knox Backpack [£365]
A versatile, casual backpack design works perfectly for business, school, commuting and travel and expands the packing capacity to a greater degree. Its tall, roomy main compartment has a separate compartment for papers or files. Features numerous organizer pockets and dedicated space for your laptop and tablet; backpack straps have D-rings for attachments.
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DELTA L-Fold ID [£100]
Modern understatement and handcrafted quality come together in the Delta collection of wallets and accessories. Made from soft, full-grain nappa leather, Delta designs feature interiors with red stitch detailing, a ballistic nylon spine, easy-access front card pockets and a bill section with leather back wall. This L-Fold ID features a bill compartment, ID window and card slots. Special feature: Tumi ID Lock™ is a proprietary technology incorporated into the design of this product that protects personal data encoded on most IDs, credit cards and passports. Comes in an elegant gift box.
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TUMI Leather Cover – iPhone 6 [£75]
This protective cover with leather inlay is designed to fit the iPhone 6. It snaps on the phone easily and securely. Features an HD, anti-scratch screen protector that applies quickly without bubbles or rainbow marks and leaves no residue when removed.
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Alpha Bravo Riley Kit [£95]
Neat and versatile from our landmark Alpha Bravo collection, this classic travel kit has a casual edge. Designed to sit on the counter or hang from a fixture, this must-pack top seller features interior zip pockets, open pockets, elastic loops and a special antibacterial lining. Hanger strap and exterior pockets.
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To find out more about TUMI and their latest product ranges, please visit their social media pages, or website, below:
IG: @tumitravel
Twitter: @tumitravel

About The Author

Stephane Marquet
Creative Director

First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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