The design of TUMI’s 19 Degree suitcase case is inspired by both architecture and nature
It isn’t unusual for the grand hallmarks of architecture to permeate design on a smaller scale, but few examples are as pure bred as TUMI’s latest creation, 19 Degree. Inspired by the fluid linearity present in both architecture and nature, the luggage collection’s striking, sculpted exterior of cascading, 19 degree angled ripples is reminiscent of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
As with Gehry’s handsome buildings, the contours of TUMI’s 19 Degree create a bold and dynamic appearance. But it’s not all about the aesthetic; the ribbed case remains faithful to the brand’s tradition for utilitarian luggage that photographers, filmmakers, stylists and other practically minded creatives use to transport valuable equipment across the continents, the 19 Degree not only tapping into design and style, but also offering security and durability.
The 19 Degree suitcase represents the pinnacle of luxurious travel and mobile innovation
Drawing inspiration from the intersecting, organic elements of nature and the exacting lines of architecture, 19 Degree boasts a strikingly modern and cutting-edge design with strategically sculpted angles set against a structure of meticulously-crafted aluminum. Contours highlight the profile of the suitcase and give a sense of fluidity, exuding a boldly distinctive appearance. A masterful combination of form following function, 19 Degree is the TUMI brand’s first-ever aluminum luggage collection and the pinnacle of luxurious travel and mobile innovation.
Perfecting the journey
19 Degree is offered in the full range of carry-on and check-in sizes; from an International Carry-On through to an Extended Trip Packing Case. All styles will feature integrated, low-profile TSA locks, TUMI Tracer®, retractable top and side carry handles wrapped with leather detailing, and a patented X-Brace 45® telescoping handle system crafted from lightweight, aircraft-grade aluminium.
Four, dual-spinning recessed wheels are engineered to offer effortless manoeuvrability and provide greater packing capacity. Realised in a silver and matte black finish, as well as a light-reflective polycarbonate version, TUMI’s 19 Degree is the ultimate companion for travellers, no matter how long the journey.
Founded in 1975 by Charlie Clifford, TUMI is based in South Plainfield, New Jersey. The company was named after a Peruvian ceremonial knife that Clifford encountered on a trip to Peru whilst serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. In modern Peruvian culture, A TUMI hung on a wall is a sign of good luck. Creating cutting edge / world-class business and travel essentials, designed to “upgrade, un-complicate and beautify all aspects of life on the move” TUMI products blend flawless functionality with a spirit of ingenuity.
During the 1980s, TUMI's innovative introduction of soft, ultra-functional, black-on-black ballistic nylon travel bags catapulted the company to its current leadership position and its distinctive luggage quickly became an industry standard. The company now supplies accessories such as belts, pens, and electronic equipment also.
Raising the bar for design and technological excellence, in 2006 the TUMI company teamed up with the internationally acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor to create produce the PowerPack Backpack that incorporated solar technology for charging smart phones. The company also had a licensing agreement with Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, launching a collection of eight co-branded pieces in 2006, sold through the respective brands' retail outlets.
Key moments in the four decades, TUMI timeline include the invention of a patented, Safecase™ computer brief incorporating a shock-absorbing, neoprene sling suspension system to protect the (then) “new technology” of laptops, the introduction the Tri-Fold Garment Bag and the casual, functional "soft briefcase" category, the patented swivel “P” handle, the Omega closure system® and the TUMI Tracer® product identification and recovery program; a metal plate with a unique, 20-digit registration number in each of its bags. Customers can register for the Tumi Tracer program to have their contact information entered into a central database so they can be reunited with their bag if it is found.
The TUMI brand is sold in over 350 stores from New York to Paris to London and Tokyo, as well as the world’s top department and specialty stores and travel retail in more than 75 countries.