Tumi’s 40th Anniversary Collection of Leather Luggage and Travel Accessories

New designs honor the brand’s 1970s roots with vintage flair…

In 1975, after serving in the Peace Corps in Peru, Charlie Clifford founded the New Jersey–based leather-goods and accessories maker Tumi. Now, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, the company—named after a type of Peruvian ceremonial knife—has released the Tumi 1975 collection just in time for the summer travel season.

Ranging in price from $75 to $1,895, the retro-inspired 12-piece collection includes the versatile Rucksack backpack, the sleek Slim Portfolio, the Flap Crossbody satchel, and the four-wheel International Carry-On. Each limited-edition item is embossed with a specific number and handcrafted in the United States from full-grain cowhide. Several pieces are accented with durable ballistic nylon, a signature Tumi design element originally worn on the jackets of World War II airmen. A handful of details in the new line recall Tumi’s early years, such as the original logo emblem (an intricate illustration of the Peruvian knife) and the use of bright honey-colored leather, inspired by the hides that Clifford originally imported from South America in the 1970s. (tumi.com)

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