The Tumi Luggage Collection

Humble Duffel Bag Origins

Tumi Luggage Innovations

From the humble beginnings in 1975 as an importer of leather duffel bags from Colombia, Tumi Luggage has continued to expand to become one of the world leaders in luggage design.

Started by Charlie Clifford, an ex-peace corps volunteer, and named after the Peruvian god Tumi, the company is now a global company that attracts professional clientele seeking innovative and creative luggage solutions.

If a company has one true signature piece, then the Tumi garment bag is this company’s. Introduced in the 1980s, this bag was an exciting first for the luggage industry – it incorporated the all-black color concept, wide openings, easy-access pockets and was constructed of hard-wearing ballistic nylon. This one garment bag became the foundation for the futuristic design approach that Tumi adopted in its creative and manufacturing processes.

Over the past three decades, Tumi ( has been responsible for introducing the luggage industry to a number of business luggage pieces, and today the collection includes everything from business totes to computer briefs and packing cases.

Innovation solutions in luggage design

Tumi pride themselves on finding solutions to luggage problems that have yet to happen, and with that mission in mind, they have lead the industry in creating a number of designs that help revolutionize their collections. In 1987 they introduced parachute harness webbing that has a tensile strength of over 2000lbs. Custom-molded zinc snap hooks were the key development in 1994, which featured a swivel platform and riveted construction.

1997 saw the invention of the safecase cling protection system which absorbed the shock of being dropped, protecting the contents of the bag. Lost luggage became a thing of the past in 1999 when Tumi introduced their Tracer product identification and recovery program, helping owners reunite with their luggage. In 2000 they re-engineered ballistic nylon to make a highly-durable abrasion-proof fabric. Along came a new zipper system in 2001 that reduced the amount of damage done to that part of their luggage.

While Tumi offers an extensive warranty on all of their products, sometimes things do go wrong. Broken and damaged luggage can be taken to a Tumi luggage repair agent, who is an authorized dealer, or through contacting Tumi on their corporate website

Admittedly, with all the high-tech design and engineering taken into account, Tumi is one of the more expensive ranges of luggage available on the market today. But as the saying goes: you pay for quality.










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