American travel and lifestyle accessory brand, TUMI, has teamed up with multi-award winning and street-savvy clothing label PUBLIC SCHOOL, giving it some some serious street cred — and at the same time giving fashion lovers a means to travel in style.
Who: The creation of up-and-coming New York designers, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Public School has collaborated with TUMI to create an ultra sleek six-piece collection that brings not just high quality but also high design to the table. Growing up, both Chow and Osborne attended public school in New York City, which had a huge influence on their lives and individual style. Drawing inspiration from their hometown, Public School has supplemented TUMI’s reputation for functional superiority and technical innovation with its distinctively cool and monochromatic aesthetic.
What: The carefully thought-out collection includes 21” carry-on and 24” check-in wheeled cases, a travel satchel, a backpack, a day tote and a toiletries kit, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. The wheeled pieces are crafted from TUMi’s own Tegris® material in Black Graphite but with a unique laser-cut netting overlay that creates a surprisingly stylish weave pattern effect on the exterior of the cases. This pattern, which features throughout the collection, is also infused into the hardware and luggage tags of the day bags and accessories, as well as the 2-D effect on the bottom of the travel satchel. Nylon and leather are cleverly incorporated into the day bags and toiletries kit, while the extremely versatile tote bag, described by the two designers as the ‘quintessential bag’, was designed in leather and suede.
Quirk: Each piece in the collection bears a hard rubber tassel inspired by the key chains and “strings” that hung from the designer’s backpacks in high school.
In Singapore, the PUBLIC SCHOOL x TUMI collection (only backpack, $825, and luggage, $1575) will be sold exclusively at TUMI collection stores, Tumi Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Tumi Mandarin Gallery and Tumi Marina Bay Sands; www.TUMI.com.